How to Save Endangered Whales


Commercial whaling, pollution and slow reproduction put many whale species, like the blue whale and right whale, into vulnerable positions. Although many organizations are working to save whales, more needs to be done. Conservation efforts need to start at home in order to save endangered whales from extinction.

    Dispose of pollutants and hazardous wastes properly. Storm water runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution. Leaks from vehicles contribute to the problem as oil, antifreeze and other harmful elements are washed into creeks, streams and rivers, that eventually feed the world's oceans.

    Oppose commercial whaling operations. Research companies that sell fish products and boycott those who are involved in commercial whaling. Write letters to the company opposing their involvement.

    Join organizations dedicated to protecting whales. Donate time or money to their efforts. Some organizations participate in "adopt a whale" programs, which make great gifts for children or whale lovers.

    Take a whale watching tour from a reputable operation. Tourism dollars spent on whale watching increase the incentive to protect these sea mammals. Some tours participate in whale research as well. Research any tour you are thinking of taking to make sure the company follows whale protection guidelines.

    Support the creation of whale sanctuaries, which protect whales from commercial whaling and other fishing threats. In the sanctuaries, whales are safe to breed, birth calves and feed. Some countries create these areas in places where whales migrate to each year and use eco-tourism dollars to support their maintenance.

    Strive for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Whales are threatened by pollution and ozone depletion. By living a greener lifestyle, you help cut down on these problems and help create a healthier planet.

    Send emails or letters to ambassadors or foreign ministers of countries that allow commercial whaling. Sign petitions to endorse your opposition to commercial whaling.

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