The aim of this project, in which marine conservation organizations have also participated, is to raise awareness among young people through a fusion of entertainment and learning.
The Conselleria de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Natural, together with different marine conservation organizations, has launched the comic book El alitán, una historia sin espinas, a publication that narrates the life and challenges of this Mediterranean shark, a very rare species that is listed as endangered in the Red Book of fishes of the Balearic Islands. This creative proposal, which is part of the project ‘Petits Taurons – Acció Stellaris’, has as its main purpose to capture the attention of the youngest, through a fusion of entertainment and learning, to raise awareness about the importance of preserving marine biodiversity.
A total of 15,000 copies of this publication, which delves into the life of the alitan (Scyliorhinus Stellaris), a shark characteristic of the waters of the Mediterranean and the European Atlantic, have been printed. The comic highlights aspects such as its reproduction through the so-called mermaid bags and its diet based on molluscs and crustaceans. Through a visual narrative, it exposes the threats facing this species, including overfishing and unintentional capture, factors contributing to an alarming decline in its population.
This project is the result of a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment; the Palma Aquarium Foundation; the Mallorca Preservation Foundation; Save the Med; Shark Med; the Small Mediterranean Islands Initiative (PIM); the Marilles Foundation and the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park. It also has the support of Balearia and the fishermen’s guilds of Formentera and Cala Rajada.
The comics will be distributed among participants in environmental education activities developed by the various institutions that are part of this initiative. The publication will be promoted through social networks and digital platforms, with the purpose of inspiring young people to take action and cultivate their sense of ecological responsibility.
In addition, it will be available in Catalan, Spanish and English through the website of the Species Protection Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment, as well as on the website of the Mallorca Preservation Foundation.