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Humpback Whales: Don’t Harm Their Habitat

Humpback Whales: Don’t Harm Their Habitat

Every year, about 7,000 humpback whales migrate to Antongil Bay, the coastal waters in northeastern Madagascar, to breed and calve.

At the same time, shrimp trawling boats in the area threaten the bay ecosystem as their huge nets sift through the sea and destroy the underwater habitat. And its destructive harvesting threatens the life of humpback whales.

To help humpback whales and all of the marine life that visit and live in Antongil Bay, help lessen the demand for shrimp. Pledge to not eat shrimp that often, or eliminate it from your diet altogether. If you already do not eat shrimp, pledge to share this action with at least one friend and ask them to help us protect ocean wildlife too.

Interesting facts about humpback whales and shrimp boat trawlers:

–Every humpback whale has a particular pattern on its fin and tail–just as each human has a distinct set of fingerprints–to set it apart from the rest of its species.

–Male and female humpback whales both produce “songs,” that typically last for ten to twenty minutes and vary in amplitude and frequency. Although the exact reason for their “singing” is unknown, it is believed to play a part in their mating ritual.

–The Humpback Whale is one of the most well-traveled mammals, typically traveling up to 16,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) in one year.

–The Humpback Whale is listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

–Shrimp trawling boats are likely responsible for the largest rates of by-catch.

Read more about the threat of shrimp trawling boats here.

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1:59AM PDT on May 3, 2013

thank you for sharing

6:00PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Fabulous creatures. There should be millions of them instead of billions of us.
We serve no purpose on earth other to destroy & illiminate precious rare
creatures such as these whales.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

5:42PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

thank you !

3:09PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thank you for the article.

5:42PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks.

12:41PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

thanks for the info

11:07AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Good news. Proves we do not know it all and have a duty of care

1:45AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Thanks for posting.

3:35AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Thank you

10:50AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

thanks.

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