General Conservation Status Of Different Whale Species

One sea creature that has suffered extreme exploitation is the whale. Here’s the current status of some well-known whale species.

Bryde's whale

Bryde’s Whale Off Phi Phi Islands, Thailand (Author: Morningdew cc by-sa 3.0)

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.

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5 Of The Most Famous Whale Explosions

Whale explosions do happen and depending on the circumstances, they can turn into an environmental nightmare.

Washed up blue whale: whale explosions

This 81-Foot Blue Washed Up In Newfoundland (Courtesy: National Geographic Voices)

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?

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