Whales Endangered – Why You Should Care
Blue whales are one of the most popular species to hunt for sport and profit. They are also the most endangered species in the world, with only a few hundred left. Because of this, the hunt for blue whales is highly regulated and every effort is made to try and raise the possibility of return. However, the situation has been steadily worsening since the turn of the millennium with many other fisheries catching and killing a huge number of cetaceans on a regular basis.
Although it may seem impossible to ever find more gray whales, hippos and even dolphins, there is one kind of whale that is considerably more likely to be found alive than any other – the leatherback whale. The leatherback whale was first thought to be extinct in the late nineteen eighties but was actually sighted by divers in 2021. Since then it has been slowly increasing in numbers with an increase in population size believed to be behind the increase. At the moment, only around twenty-three pairs of leatherback whales remain in the wild, which puts them on the brink of extinction.
There are also a number of pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins and thylacids (which include the common wader dolphin and the common blue runner dolphin) which also face a grim future. All of these are threatened with extinction in the near future, which is why conserving their populations is essential. Even more concerning is the case of the pilot whale, which is thought to be the first completely Endangered whale species. This has resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of pods within the area which means that there are now only around five pilot whales left in the area.
Another unique instance of Endangered whale populations is the case of the blue whales which are the most abundant in the coastal areas of Australia. They have expanded significantly over the years and although there are some conservation programs in place, the numbers have still been too low to support their continued existence. These blue whales are extremely vulnerable to being hit by ships as they travel along the coast, especially if they are guided or harassed by other ships during the hunting season. The commercial whaling industry also contributes significantly to the decline of these whales. Every year around twenty-five to thirty blue whales are reportedly killed in Australia by commercial whalers.
One of the smallest whale species which is critically endangered is the sperm whale which is only one inch long. It is believed that this particular species is likely to become extinct soon due to being hit by a ship or being eaten by another whale. The black bear, beluga and pilot whale are also thought to be on the brink of extinction. There are very few baleen whales which are currently alive and breeding at this time.
In order to save these rare animals, many governments are now working hard to help establish programmes which focus on preserving the blue whales for future generations. There are also many organisations which aim to raise the awareness of people and provide information on the threats faced by blue whales. If you want to make sure that blue whales are not hunted and endangered, then it is important to join and support these groups and programmes. You can find out what these groups are doing by visiting their websites.