As top predators in the marine ecosystem, whales play a significant role in the health of the ocean.
Whales - these majestic marine mammals are often regarded in a mystified aura and continue to surprise us with their often familiar and social mannerisms when interacting with humans. There is undoubtedly a special familiar bond between whales and humans, despite massive differences in our molecular and genetic structures. What is clear when gazing into their wisdom-filled eyes are the rich bio-histories whale families have carried through generations. Yet their legacy and ways of life continue to face threats from oil, gas and shipping industries, as well as a disquieting number of others through direct and indirect ties with the aforementioned. Commercial whaling and climate change all have extensive contributing factors to threats on the declining population of whales. Many of the adverse effects are directly linked to human activities in response to profit-driven development and consumption demands.
It's hard to imagine on such a large scale what we can do on an individual level to make any sort of impact on preserving their space and existence in this world.
Hopefully with greater awareness of the plight whales are facing, together we can realize our ability to impact (even through daily micro-actions) and move closer to reaching global conservation goals for these highly intelligent gentle giants.
Why they matter
Whales are one of the marine ecosystem's top predators and their role in the overall health of the ocean is especially significant.
Threats they're facing
The extensive impact of climate change has affected whale population as well as their overall livelihood. Below are some of the most critical threats whales face.
With greater awareness and understanding of the threats whale families face, we can make more intentional choices to reduce our own carbon footprint. Our responsibility is great when it comes to making consumption choices that don't directly (and indirectly) invest in industries that can pose harm to whales and the marine ecosystem they depend on.
Information sourced from:
World Wildlife Magazine