January 22nd 2017 a very rare marine mammal, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) was spotted near Ostend.
That Sunday, during a trip at sea in the Belgian part of the North Sea for observing marine mammals and seabirds, about 90 porpoises (Belgium's most common cetacean), were observed. One animal raised some doubt as to whether belonging to the same species. After the trip, the photos were thoroughly examined by Belgian and foreign specialists.
December 19th 2016, the company Nemos introduced a request for an environmental permit for the construction and exploitation of a temporary research structure for wave energy conversion. The temporary research structure will be placed at a distance of about 500 meters north of the eastern harbour wall in Ostend.