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Endangered Species #3 - The Fin Whale

by Victoria Quackenbush November 02, 2017

Endangered Species #3 - The Fin Whale

In our last piece, we talked about the Sumatran Orangutan and the support it receives from it’s charities. Now we’ll be talking about #3, the Fin Whale.

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Owlcation says that it’s scientific name is Balaenoptera physalus and unlike the other endangered animals, they’re not all in one place, they can actually be found all the world's oceans their overall population is only 30,000.

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Their rise to critical endangerment happened pretty fast. Owlcation states “In the 20th century, over 750,000 fin whales were killed by commercial whalers. This second largest living animal (after the blue whale) was hunted almost to extinction until the International Whaling Commission's ban on killing them in 1976. Except for a small number of allowed kills for Norway, Japan, and Iceland, the hunting of this whale has been banned.”

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Thankfully, all hunting has been banned, but what else can you do to help? Unfortunately, there’s no organizations that specifically are dedicated to the Fin Whales, but organizations like Greenpeace accept donations to help all kinds of whales, not just Fin Whales and the SeaWatch foundation in the UK takes grants from the WWF to help other whales as well.

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Greenpeace actually list the steps here that we can take to save the whales:

“The environmental community must continue to fight on all levels to end the slaughter. Here’s what we’re doing:

  1. Hold our government accountable for closing the loopholes in international agreements and ending all commercial whaling.
  2. Persuading many of the countries currently voting with Japan to overturn the commercial whaling moratorium to reconsider their approach and instead vote to protect whales.
  3. Continue exposing Japan’s black-market whale meat trade — which is both unpopular and uneconomical — to create a public discussion in the Japanese media about the future of whaling.” You can get involved here.

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Although the Fin Whale might not have many charities for it specifically, it’s got a lot of friends in its corner willing to help. Stay tuned for the piece on the #2 most endangered animal soon!

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Victoria Quackenbush
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