How to Save Right Whales

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How to Save Right Whales

Right whales earned their name from whalers, who considered them the right whales to hunt. They grew to an incredible 60 feet long and had extra-thick blubber that meant the slaughtered ones floated straight to the ocean’s surface.

Sighting a pod of these magnificent animals moving slowly and gracefully through the water would make anyone’s day!

Like the orca babies I blogged about earlier, right whales have an intimate bond with their mothers. According to research published last year, the mothers actually whisper messages to their young.

I wonder what they’re whispering. Do the whales realize they’re a dying species?

Unfortunately for them, we gave little regard for their lives for too long. Like many wild creatures killed for food, comfort or sport, right whales are almost extinct. Lobster-fishing lines and commercial sea vessels are driving them to the brink.

Is there a way for the lobster fishermen and right whales to co-exist?

Eccentric whale advocate Richard “Max” Strahan offered one solution to the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) last week:

 “This is not about shutting down the lobster fishing industry… It’s about creating a marketplace for whale-safe fishing.”

But I can’t entirely agree with him – or with the FERN article’s statement that The right whale’s fate may ultimately depend on the courts.”

Having conservationists fight commercial fishing abuses through the courts is essential. But anyone who eats lobster meat also contributes to the problem. The right whales’ plight is one more reason why the thought of dining on lobster repulses me.

These creatures are critically endangered. I believe their rescue requires more people to stop consuming lobsters. Ending our support of the fishing industry is critical if we’re serious about wanting to save one of our world’s most ancient creatures!

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