The Effect of Over Hunting on Blue Whales

605 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
The Effect of Over Hunting on Blue Whales The blue whale is a magnificent creature being the biggest in the world. The blue whale can eat up to 4 tons of krill in one day, and live up to 90 years old. Blue whales can make sounds and tones that travel up to 1000 miles away. Blue whales are so big and take up so many resources that have to live in small groups of one or two called pods. The Blue whales habitat ranges between Madagascar and Antarctica. In 1904 there used to be close to 400,000 blue whales living on earth, but now due to over hunting people have put the human race in danger along with the blue whale species. The history of whaling originates all the way back 3000B.C. Whaling is killing whales for meat and oil. Huge fleets of whalers did not come around until the 1700’s. By the 1930’s 50,000 whales were being killed annually. From 1904 to 1967 360,000 blue whales were killed, that adds up to about 70% of their population. Whales produce up to 3 off spring at most in one year so the bounce back from a huge killing would take many years. The International Whaling Commission was established in 1946, to help fight commercial whaling. The IWC came around to help fight whaling, but they had little effect. In 1970 the Convention of International Trade of Endangered species put a ban on all whaling. Even though there is a ban on whaling Norway, Iceland, Japan and the USSR still have whaling fleets but under the name of “scientific research”. The only people who are
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