Save the Blue Whales!
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The aggressive hunt for whale oil in the 1900s drove the blue whales to the brink of extinction. Between 1900 and the mid-1960s, about 360,000 blue whales were slaughtered. The whales were also exploited for their usable products of meat and blubber.
They came under the protection of the International Whaling Commission in 1966, but the population only managed a slight recovery since then.
Why are whales important?
1. Whales play an important role in maintaining the balance of aquatic food chains and reproduction of other species. For example, whales can consume about four tons of krill a day and therefore keep the krill population in check and don't allow them to overpopulate.
2. The scientific studies of whales, who are a part of the cetacean species, have led to a lot of discoveries and advancements regarding important oceanic topics such as echolocation, aquatic environments, marine life/biology and marine mammal intelligence.
3. Even whale poop plays a large role in stabilizing the offset of carbon into th e atmosphere by stimulating the growth of phytoplankton which pull carbon from the atmosphere. This in turn provides a healthier environment for both land and aquatic lifeforms.
4. Whale watching and various other spectating activities have brought in billions of dollars that help boost economic growth in various cities, states and countries.