Wednesday, March 18, 2009

After centuries of slaughter, 'things are looking up for the right whale'

Whalers nearly wiped out the right whale during the 1800s before the League of Nations outlawed their hunting in 1935. But astonishingly, their numbers hardly recovered. Today, after more than 80 years of protection, there are just 325 right whales left. But "for the first time in centuries things are looking up for the right whale." (New York Times).

Lowering the speed limits for boats in coastal waters, new rules regulating fishing lines and other maritime policy changes have led to the first year since the 1600s that "not one North Atlantic right whale died at human hands."

It's refreshing to see that efforts to save a species can pay off.

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