Why Are Humpback Whales Important to Our Culture?
Why are humpback whales important? These massive animals, found only off the Cape Cod and the Pacific northwest, are the largest known cetacean. They are so huge that they need special permits from the government each year to swim freely in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This makes them an essential part of our ecosystem because without them, man would not be able to survive. In addition to having large bodies of water where they hunt, humpback whales (which are also known as ‘right whales’) also spend a lot of time in the depths of the ocean, diving more than a hundred feet into the depths and searching for food. Finally, humpback whales are considered one of the most beautiful animals in the world, with their unusual, porcelain-like features and their unique smell.
Why are humpback whales important to us? Because without these massive animals, we wouldn’t be able to see the Great White Shark (also called the Great Dane), the second-best known shark after the great blue shark. These powerful, predatory animals are so good at hunting their prey that commercial whaling began as early as 1827. Today, some countries, like Australia, Canada, Norway, and Japan, still engage in commercial whaling as a matter of tradition and because of the wealth and power of the industry.
Why are humpback whales an endangered species? Because, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, “No long-term sustainability studies have been conducted to assess the status or future population estimates for this species.” Even if there were to be such studies, there is no guarantee that the numbers of humpback whales would be able to rebound. It’s also important to note that there are just two of these animals, which means that they can only number around 200. The other species, the Southern Right Whale, has a population of about five and a half to seven hundred.
Why are humpback whales important to our culture? Because they are beautiful and intriguing. For centuries, European and Asian cultures have marveled at the beauty of these creatures. In fact, many of the stories from the time portray white whales as being particularly beautiful and mysterious. It has become a part of popular culture to view whale sharks and other ocean creatures in pictures and movies.
Why are humpback whales important to our economy? They are incredible rides for cruise ships, air travel, and ocean travel. Humpbacks are used for both pleasure and for research. For example, National Marine Fisheries Service has said that scientists frequently use sperm whales to test the growth of ice shelves in Antarctica and to study the migration patterns of humpback whales. Some people even use the animal to raise money for scientific projects such as studying global warming.
Why are humpback whales important to our culture? It’s hard to look past the beauty of this animal. If you have a chance, why not take a cruise or a dive into one of the most beautiful places to see whales in the world? You will truly be awed by the beauty of these amazing creatures. Consider all this in 2021.