Status: Endangered (recovering)
Population trend: Increasing
"The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. As recently as 1988, humpback whales were listed as endangered by IUCN. Populations have now recovered, due to the introduction of commerical whaling bans. There are still concerns about apparently discrete and small subpopulations of humpback whales, including those in the Arabian Sea, the western North Pacific, the west coast of Africa, and the South Pacific subpopulations in portions of Oceania.
Humans hunted humpback whales commercially for oil, meat, and baleen from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Humpback whales are still hunted in Greenland and by the Bequians of St Vincent and The Grenadines, for subsistence purposes, but only 1-2 per year are caught. Plans to resume hunting for humpback whales by Japan may have a more damaging impact."
I decided to dedicate this years inktober to endangered, enslaved or extinct animal species. In November I'll sell some of the originals to raise money for local animal shelters. ❤
Mir gefällt dein Inktober-Thema sehr!
Thank you so much.