Living whales are worth an enormous amount of money

A great whale is worth $2 million. The size of that number so terrified Ralph Chami, the economist who appraised the whales, that he sought refuge in a church for the first time in 30 years. Inside St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, a few blocks from Chami’s office at the International Monetary Fund, the…
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Could it be that the whales can save us all!

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…
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Major shipping companies will not use the Arctic sea route

The Gwc Is Thrilled! Major shipping companies announce they will not use the Arctic sea route as a shortcut between Europe and Asia. This is fabulous news for endangered bowhead whales! https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/europe/msc-joins-major-lines-in-rejecting-the-use-of-arctic-routes/

OceanCare reports — The future of Norway’s whaling in doubt

October 2nd, 2019 The future of Norway’s whaling industry appears to be in serious doubt as it struggles to deal with low catch numbers, falling prices for whale meat and declining interest in its products on the domestic market. The head of Norway’s Whalers’ Association, Truls Soløy, described the 2019 whaling season as “particularly disappointing”…
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Endangered Beluga Whales Need Your Voice

Endangered beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet are about to face a seismic attack that will disrupt their eating and mating activities and could drive them closer to extinction. The Trump administration is allowing oil and gas company Hilcorp to expand its offshore drilling operations in Alaska — at the expense of beluga whales and…
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Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/26/japan-confirms-it-will-quit-iwc-to-resume-commercial-whaling The GWC is greatly concerned by this news! While there will be short-term benefits which will likely include no more whaling by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean and the strong potential for the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary to pass the next IWC meeting (without Japan’s aggressive tactics to ensure it fails), we…
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Blue whale found on California coast died from ship strike, scientists say

“Blue whales are the largest animal on Earth and an endangered species, so to learn that this individual’s death is a result of a ship strike is particularly unfortunate,” said Barbie Halaska, a Marine Mammal Center researcher, told the Bay Area’s KTVU2 FOX. GWC Working Overtime with Industry to End Future Tragedies Like This

Dead blue whale washes ashore at Daly City beach

A dead male blue whale — the largest animal in the world — washed ashore Wednesday at Thornton State Beach in Daly City. Veterinarians with the Marine Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences will go to the beach Thursday to conduct a necropsy, collect tissues and bones, and try to determine what caused the…
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Orca Killed by Satellite Tag Leads to Criticism of Science Practices

The death of a rare killer whale in the Pacific Northwest has been linked to a tagging effort, causing an outcry and re-evaluation… Read it on Flipboard Read it on news.nationalgeographic.com GREAT WHALE CONSERVANCY (GWC) STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ORCA L95 CAUSED BY A NOAA IMPLANT TAG, AND THE TAGGING OF WHALES IN GENERAL…
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Shipping noise impairs ability of humpback whales to forage

Shipping noise in the North Atlantic could impact population levels of the whales, new research shows Increased shipping noise is disrupting the foraging behaviour of humpback whales in the North Atlantic, according to a new study. Scientists in the US and UK said their findings could impact upon the numbers of humpback whales in the…
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