Learn all about the sperm whale: a very unique and popular whale indeed. This is another creature that was almost hunted to extinction and a whale of this same species happens to be the inspiration behind the 1851 classic tale by Herman Melville: Moby Dick.
If you intend going whale watching anytime soon, check out our guide on the top spots worldwide on a species-by-species basis first.
One sea creature that has suffered extreme exploitation is the whale. Here’s the current status of some well-known whale species.
Whales are magnificent, extremely large, and generally gentle sea mammals. Different species of whales have lived in the Earths’ waters for millions of years now but they are now threatened due to excessive whaling and uneven climatic changes.
Specifically, unregulated and relentless hunting in past centuries led to a sharp decrease in the population of most species of whales.
In fact, in some of the more severe cases, the current population is just a mere fraction of the pre-whaling population.
Initially, commercial whalers were monitored by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
However by 1986, due to the extreme depletion in the number of these creatures the IWC temporally banned whaling entirely.Continue reading
Whale explosions do happen and depending on the circumstances, they can turn into an environmental nightmare.
Whale explosions may sound like something out of a low-rate Hollywood movie but they are not. They are actually real occurrences. In fact, they happen worldwide more often than you would imagine.
Let’s look at why it happens in the first place and some of the most popular whale explosion incidents.
What Is A Whale Explosion?Continue reading
The blue whale is so big its tongue weighs about the same as an elephant. These whales were hunted to near extinction in the early 20th century but their numbers are now recording a very slow but steady increase.
Whales are amazing, and large. In fact, the biggest whales are larger than the greatest dinosaurs that ever walked the earth. Here are some facts about them.
The humpback whale is a well-known whale species among humans and it’s quite popular with whale watchers too. It’s known for its remarkable acrobatic breaching behavior and loud ‘singing’ by males. Read on to learn more about it and watch a video showing it in its natural habitat.