How to SAVE the whales!
Although whales are large in size, they have not been able to protect themselves against endangerment.
Understanding the facts behind whale endangerment is the first step to helping solve the problem.
Over-fishing, pollution, dam and bridge construction, and commercial whaling are all reasons that whales are reaching a status of endangerment.
Over-fishing is when a company continues fishing to the point where it has an ecological impact on the sustainability of a particular population of fish or other ocean animals. Over-fishing in certain areas makes it difficult for whales and other marine mammals to find good food sources, causing them to leave or possibly starve.
Those involved in hunting whales became a very lucrative profession, which boosted the commercial whaling industry and led to competition, ultimately increasing the rate of whales being killed annually.
The ongoing issues with chemical pollution in the ocean, combined with oil spills and garbage, continue to affect recovering whale populations.
*All of these facts come straight from Whale Facts Org.
Lets learn about how you can help!
a start to a solution
It’s not a question of why we should save the whales, but how to do it (Garenne, 2023). Together, we can make a difference to the conditions that these mammals are forced to live in. Starting by integrating some of our suggestions in your day-to-day life and being aware of the threats and dangers imposed onto them can help us save the whales!
Six out of thirteen of the great whale species are currently classified as endangered (Garenne, 2023). These problems will not go away on their own, we must all do our part to save the whales with changes in our lifestyles and policies.
What are steps you can take to help save the whales?
1. Avoid Single-Use Plastic! Examine the products you have at home to see if you can switch them out for a reusable version. You will reduce your footprint in pollution and stop being a part of the threats facing marine life.
2. Know Where Your Fish Is Coming From! Cut back on your consumption of fish and be more mindful about where you buy your fish. You can look for certifications from organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council as a sign that the fish has been acquired by more sustainable means.
3. Organize a Beach Clean-Up! Get together with friends to pick up trash on the sand and water. If everyone picked up a little bit of trash, it would make a great impact on the amount of trash in the ocean.
4. Support Conservation Organizations! Volunteer, share information, and donate to marine conservation organizations. You can also sign petitions, post on social media, follow the missions of these groups.
5. Whale Watching! As many of the species have become endangered, humanitarians, scientists, whale lovers, and other groups of people have become supportive of the protection of whales and consider whale watching an activity that allows them to appreciate and enjoy whales as well as a way to bring in additional capital to existing and growing nations.
Want to Learn More?
Here at Adventure Whale Watching, we encourage you to learn more about the whale endangerment and what you could do to help!
Garenne, Helene. “How to Save the Whales: 6 Ways You Can Help.” Fahlo, Fahlo, 1 Aug. 2023, myfahlo.com/blogs/wildlife/how-to-save-the-whales-6-ways-you-can-help.
Whale Facts. “Why Are Whales Endangered?: History and the Current Situation.” Whale Facts, 1 Jan. 2023, www.whalefacts.org/why-are-whales-endangered/.