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Most of the great whale species became endangered due to whaling, which doesn’t seem to be a threat anymore. Nevertheless, today whales are exposed to other hazards associated with human activity: entanglement in fishing gear and marine debris, vessel strikes, impacts from climate change, and ocean noise from oil and gas development.

How can I help
There is something everyone of us can do to lessen the overall impact on these kind and graceful warm-blooded mammals.
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  • Adopt a whale at an organization like WDC: symbolic adoption of an endangered animal helps in the cause of their conservation.

  • Trash in the ocean and marine debris poses a major threat to whales. Leave the ocean cleaner than you found it.

  • Ditch single-use plastics such as plastic straws and bags: it accidentally ends up in whales’ bellies and they die of starvation and dehydration.

  • Say “No” to plastic bags, they are estimated to kill over 100,000 birds, turtles and marine mammals each year. Invest in reusable bags.

  • Oil and gas development produce noise and pollution in the ocean that disturb whales and other marine life, so try and look into renewable energy options.

  • Cut the car: use more of bikes, skateboards, public transport and you feet!

  • Cut on the seafood: heavy fishing limits the amount of food available for the whales to eat and leaves tons of fishing gear in the ocean (300,000 cetaceans die every year by entanglement).

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How can I help
  • Report an entangled whale if you see one in the ocean: entanglements may be life-threatening, hampering mobility, imbedding in the skin, causing infections and affecting populations.

  • Stop whaling in Russia, Japan, Norway and Iceland (where over 1000 whales a year are killed for commercial hunting in Iceland, including fin whales).

  • Stop ‘scientific’ whaling: around 1,000 whales are killed for “scientific research” annually, and their meat goes straight to the supermarkets.

  • Collisions between whales and shipping vessels are major causes of whale fatalities. Look into buying local to avoid excessive shipping.

  • Wherever you live, do your part to reduce climate change and rising sea surface temperatures. Rising temperatures in the ocean change where whales’ feeding grounds occur.

  • All drains lead to the ocean. Choose eco-friendly cleaning products so that whales can have clean water.

  • Support bans on trade in endangered species products and be sure to not purchase products made with endangered species.

  • Education is how we influence the next generation of ocean advocates. Share what you’ve learned.

  • Support those who are already making a good impact. This might be a conservation program or an ocean clean-up movement.

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