This is a bird eyes view of a ship about to strike a whale. This is very harmful to whales and can result in death or other problems consisting of the whales health. This picture represents the story i'm trying to tell because hundreds of whales are killed due to ship strikes and its a problem.
This is a picture of people capturing whales and killing them. The water is turned red with blood from the whales. This picture represents the story i'm trying to tell about whales being in danger, because this goes on everyday. Hundreds of whales are being fished and skinned.
Although in 1982 the IWC decided that there should be a pause in commercial whaling on all whale species and populations from the 1985/1986 season onward, we still continue to kill whales. In Japan there's been 20,162 whale kills since the ban. And in Norway, there's been 10,859.
In 05/06 2,310 whales were killed either by traditional whaling, commercial whaling or whaling for scientific purposes. In 12/13 the number lowered by almost 1,000. Then unfortunately in 15/16 the number rose again, only by about almost 400.
Whales and dolphins are continuing to be threatened by whaling, entanglement in fishing gear (by-catch), climate change, ship strikes, toxic contamination, oil and gas development, and habitat degradation. Because of climate change, they're being beached. Because of this, they're dying out at a fast pace.
This article informs you the threats to whales that may throw them into extinction. There's threats from entanglement, commercial whaling, ship strikes, and climate change. Of the 13 "great whale species", 7 of them are endangered or vulnerable.
The winter season is ending, and no new calves have been seen. The unproductive year comes on the heels of a historically bad 2017. At least seventeen known deaths were recorded in waters off the coast of the U.S. and Canada in the past year—12 in Canada and five in the U.S. It was nearly twice as many as were recorded in the five years prior. Just under 450 remain in the whole population and, of those, there are only about 100 breeding females. This information could be sustainable because we can stop this from happening. If we stop killing the whales at least for a while, they can repopulate and grow a bigger community. The whales probably feel in danger and don't want to repopulate where they usually do. They will start to move and grow their community somewhere else. I feel like the root cause of the community shrinking is because we're killing off the whales. They don't feel safe where they belong and they don't want to raise their calves there. We definitely over fish our whales. How long until they will completely be extinct?
Over the past year, there have been a record 18 deaths and zero births, and the population of North Atlantic Right Whales has dwindled. Now there are only 430 left in the world. This is basically the same as the other article, but it explains more in depth of what's happening to them and how long they will be around for. Again, this may be sustainable if we stop killing whales, but it may not be sustainable if the whales don't continue to breed. This impacts locals because in some places, whale meat is the only nutrients they get. They used to eat whale meat once a week, now it's become once a month. Because the right whales aren't breeding, they may need to stop eating it all together so the whales don't become extinct. This connects to the other parts of my story because it proves the whale species is endangered.
Our habits are harming our own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of the whales. There is a range of simple and complex actions we can take to achieve that. The whales and other marine life are in danger and we need to help them, humans are the source to this problem, so humans can solve them. If we reduce ship speeds, this may reduce whale mortality from being struck by ships. Creating fishing lines and traps that sink to the bottom and don't tangle so easily may help the whales not get so entangled in fishing gear. We need to stop the practice of "scientific" whaling. Currently Japan kills about 1000 endangered whales every year under the ruse of doing "research" on them.
Disposing of pollutants and hazardous wastes properly, oppose commercial whaling operations. Research companies that sell fish products and boycott those who are involved in commercial whaling. We need to dispose of our pollutants and hazardous wastes properly because storm water runoff is the one leading cause of water pollution. Leaks from vehicles contribute to the problem as oil, antifreeze and other harmful elements are washed into creeks, streams and rivers, that eventually feed the world's oceans. Everything we do may eventually end up in the ocean. We should boycott and not eat from restaurants or companies that get their supply whaling companies because they will stop making profit and surely go out of business someday.
Before researching about whales becoming endangered, I never even knew there was a problem, but there's a really big problem! If we don't stop what we're doing, whales can be endangered in the next 15-20 years. There's only hope for the future if we start doing the solutions I've provided. There's no way the whale population can continue surviving like this.