The Blue Whale

Balaenoptera musculus

Endangered!

The Blue Whale has been endangered since the early 1900s
  • The Blue Whale is hunted
  • Blubber

The Blue Whale is a peaceful creature

  • defenseless

The blue Whale is key to regulate krill

  • Whale poop power!

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Past and Current Protection

1966 New Protection
  • Decrease vessels and debris
World Wildlife Foundation and International Whale Commission


  • Eliminate sources of debris and harm
  • Tracking by using satellites
At one point around 30,000 were killed

  • Currently 8,000-9,000 in wild
  • Not too many in captivity

HIPPCO

H:

  • Whales have seen the most damage from habitat degradation


P:

  • Regulate the population in oceans


P:

Pollution of garbage and debris in water


C:

Climate change has made whales move differently for their migration patters


O:

Humans exploited the whales in the early 1900s



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Tracking Whales

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Habitat and Origin

Lives in all seven Oceans

  • Currently lives in Chile, California and Coral Triangle
Lives in marine habitat

  • Almost always migrating, no definitive habitat
  • Swim around alone and in pairs
  • Have no true home

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Wild Kingdom Fast Facts - Blue Whale