Good News for a Change: California Blue Whales Recover from Whaling Era

But only a population of blue whales to have done so…

While conservationists everywhere aretrying to ban all whaling, and rogue countries like Japan aretrying to find loopholes to keep killing the gentle giants, there are some success stories that deserve attention. A recent study found that California blue whales are doing well; their population is now back to about 2,200 individuals, or97% of what it was estimated to be before whaling began.


“Whaling nations concentrated their hunting efforts on the colder waters of the Antarctic and until the practice was banned in 1966 some 346,000 of the animals were killed by harpoon. The numbers of blue whales caught in the Pacific was much lower, approximately 3,400 between 1905 and 1971. Much of this hunting was carried out by Russian fleets,” writes theBBC.

But the blue whales of the Pacific Coast of North-America aren’t entirely safe yet. Ship strikes are common — so much so that some merchant ships are beingpaid to slow down, which also cuts pollution.

Sadly, other whale populations aren’t as robust. In Antarctica, blue whales are numbered at only approximately 1% of their historic, pre-whaling numbers… This means that a lot of work remains to be done to fix our past mistakes.

ViaMarine Mammal Science journal,BBC

main photo credit:CC BY-SA 2.0 Flickr

by Michael Graham Richard, from Treehugger

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Muff-Anne York-Haley

I'm so happy to hear this but we've still got a long way to go! Our whales are a treasure tto be protected at all costs

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

Hopefully this is accurate. If it is, why then is there discussion about the "loneliest whale"? A blue that they say calls and calls and there are no other blues to answer?

JL A3 years ago


Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

wonderful news, thank you

Sandra Penna
Sandra Penna3 years ago

wonderful news, thank you.

Elena P.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Nils Anders Lunde
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John B.
John B3 years ago

Thanks Kara for sharing this wonderful news.

Ulane V.
Ulane V3 years ago

Some good news, thank you.

Catrin K.
Catrin S3 years ago

Magnificent creatures !