The PELAGOS Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a marine protected Area aimed at the protection of marine mammals (cetaceans). It covers approx. 90,000 km², comprising the waters between France (Toulon), Italy (Civitavecchia & Capo Falcone) and the Principality of Monaco.

Hyères, Porquerolles, Port Cros and Le Levant are situated right at the beginning of the sanctuary which encompasses, in an almost perfect quadrilateral shape, areas of the Mediterranean Sea and the Ligurian Sea, surrounding Corsica and the Tuscan Archipelago. It shelters an outstanding cetacean faunal diversity with many species particularly numerous during summer. It is also a space for public consultation in order to develop the human activities in harmony with their environment, without compromising the survival and the habitat quality of the species.

To understand the questions at stake of the Pelagos sanctuary, we invite you to watch this very informative video.

A reminder: the PELAGOS ambassadors initiative increases the number of actors involved to allow people to discover and respect this prot ected area, by gaining a better knowledge of the rules governing the approaching of marine mammals. You can also become a PELAGOS ambassador and participate in the protection of the marine mammals in the Sanctuary.

For more information, visit the PELAGOS official website: