Scientists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have calculated the value of a whale at $2 million each due to the important role they have in reducing the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere.

Whales have been being hunted for hundreds of years with numbers reaching an all time low in the 1930s when over 50000 were killed each year. While conservation efforts and bans on whaling have helped, the gentle sea giants still face dangers such as ship strikes, fishing nets and the overall increase in ocean temperatures.

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