Have we saved the whales?

Since 1986 there has been a world wide ban on commercial whaling (apart from small groups – such as inuit tribes in northern Canada, etc) some countries do continue to hunt these mammals.

Countries like Japan use a loophole in the regulations, allowing for “scientific” experiments. Iceland and Norway just ignore the ban and hunt whales to sell the meat/products.

Even buying products on sale in the UK with nothing to do with whales can be supporting the whaling industry in Iceland.

Japan says it continues to hunt for scientific research, while not concealing the fact that much of the meat ends up on dinner plates.

Roland Buerk

BBC – Tokyo

Now conservationist have prevented ships from whaling, forcing them to move away from their usual hunting grounds

One of our boats has been blocking the main ship’s stern loading ramp, preventing any harpooned whales from being loaded on to the ship.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Now, since all that was a bit depressing… here are some Fun Facts

  • The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth
  • The heart of a blue whale is about the size of a VW Beatle car
  • Blue whales are pregnant for almost 2 years!
  • The newborn calf is about 7.5 m long and weighs about 5.5 – 7.3 tonnes –nearly as much as 100 men
  • The sperm whale’s huge head, which is up to a third of its overall body length, houses the heaviest brain in the animal kingdom – up to 9kg
  • The southern right whale has the largest testes in the animal kingdom – each pair weighing around a tonne
  • An individual fin whale pees about 970 litres per day. That’s enough to fill up more than 3 bathtubs!
  • Bowhead whales spend their lives in cold Arctic waters. They may be the world’s oldest mammals and are the longest lived of all whales – possibly over 200 years!
  • In its lifetime – that’s about 40 years – a grey whale travels a distance that is equivalent to going to the moon and back!

See more here

Mr G

Source: BBC News, WCDS