Here’s some good news from Mercurynews.com – due to the ban on commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago, the Humpback population is on the rise, and has recovered so well that they may be removed from the Endangered Species list. It’s amazing how we can make changes for the better!
Here’s an excerpt and image below from the article at mercurynews.com:
The federal government on Monday proposed removing most humpback whale populations in the world from the endangered species list, saying the majestic animal’s numbers have dramatically recovered in the nearly 50 years since commercial whaling was banned.
Humpbacks, which can grow to 45 feet long and weigh 50 tons, are known for their complex songs and habit of breaching out of the water more than any other whale species. As their population has grown into the tens of thousands in recent years, they have regularly delighted photographers and whale watching tours off California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.
“We live in an age where all we hear is terrible news,” said Dan Costa, a professor of biology and humpback whale expert at UC Santa Cruz. “Climate change is scary as hell. We hear about species going extinct. And the fact that something as iconic and amazing as a humpback whale can be taken off the endangered list is a phenomenal thing.”
Read the full article at mercurynews.com