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Oil Link to Ghana’s Dead Whales Denied

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Ghana has dismissed accusations that oil operations could have caused the deaths of several whales washed up on beaches over the past week.

A local environmental group said that the whales had only started to appear since oil production began in 2009.

The Friends of the Nation group called for a full enquiry into the deaths.

Oil firms refused to comment but the Environment Protection Agency said there were no links between the oil industry and the beached whales.

It noted that such incidents occur around the world, not just in Ghana.

The EPA also said it was groundless to say that most dead whales and other marine species were found near oil rigs.

It said it was not clear what had caused the deaths which were a matter “of much concern” to the agency.

A Friends of the Nation statement entitled “Save Our Whales” is being carried prominently on Ghanaian websites.

“Though the death of whales is not an uncommon phenomenon, the frequency within the last four years is worrying,” it says.

It says that five dead whales appeared in the past week, taking the total since 2009 to 16.

The BBC’s Akwasi Sarpong says that on the beach in Kokrobite, a coastal village just outside Accra, crowds of curious people holding their noses had gathered to catch a glimpse of the dead mammals.

Nearby, chief fisherman Nii Asaase Ayittey supervised as boys from the village dug a deep hole to bury a rotten carcass.

“It is a blessing for us because it will bring our fishermen more fish to catch,” he told the BBC .

In the next village of Dampase Langma, fisherman Sammy Tetteh Otchie said he had never seen anything like it before.

 

Source: BBC News

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Roots Red Sea is the Travelers’ Choice

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There is a remote spot on the coast of the Egyptian Eastern Desert that has been steadily developing an enviable reputation amongst the worlds diving community. It’s absolutely no surprise then that Roots Red Sea has just received TripAdvisors top award, Travelers Choice, the 10th year running it has been recognised with awards from TripAdvisor!

With a passing glance, many divers have dismissed a visit to this gem, its rustic appearance and remote location seemingly enough to deter further consideration. However, those that take a closer look have been rewarded with simply a totally unique experience with awesome diving, an unbelievable welcome and life long memories.

Winning an award once could be luck, every year for 10 years, there has to be a reason. Why not go to find out what it is?

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Nays Baghai

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Gemma and Ian chat to Nays Baghai. Inspired by The Blue Planet as a child, Nays’ work as an underwater cinematographer and photographer has been showcased by numerous premier brands, including Rolex and Sony Alpha.  Nays was featured amongst the Top 30 finalists of the Australasian Top Emerging Photographers competition in the Portfolio and Animal categories. He is a PADI-certified Freediving Instructor and Master Scuba Diver, and can dive to 40m both with and without tanks.

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Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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