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Photos: A Beautiful Glimpse into Denmark’s Little Belt

Goldsinny-wrasse in Little Belt

Goldsinny-wrasse (Ctenolabrus rupestris) swims past sponges (Haliclona oculata), plumose anemones (Metridium senile) and brown algae in Little Belt during a 2013 Baltic Coastal expedition. (Photo: Oceana in Europe / Carlos Minguell / Flickr)

Tucked between the Jutland mainland and the island of Fyn lies Denmark’s Little Belt: a marine strait composed of lagoons and common eelgrass beds that’s home to a diverse array of marine life. The southern part of Little Belt is protected under Europe’s Natura 2000 network—a network of protected areas that form the backbone of marine protection in the European Union—but a northern region remains unprotected and exposed to pollution, mussel dredging, and fisheries bycatch.


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