Valdivia, Chile - Blue whale conservation in Chile has received a boost with
a seal of approval from the country's president.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelete conferred the Bicentennial Seal - a
national award recognizing initiatives that have made a significant
contribution to Chile's development as it approaches its Bicentennial in
2010 - to the WWF-supported Blue Whale Centre for its work in the Gulf of
"This award proves that protecting our ecosystems and flagship species such
as the blue whale is a matter of interest not only for scientists and
environmentalist, but for Chile as a whole," said Dr Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete,
Director of the Blue Whale Centre.
"It is our obligation to protect and develop the mechanisms to conserve our
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