protect whales and dolphins
Whales and dolphins are truly remarkable. But why are they so important? Why do we need to end captivity, stop whaling, prevent deaths in fishing gear, and protect their homes, the oceans and rivers of the world? What is so special about whales and dolphins?
1. Whales and Dolphins are just like us.
Like us, whales and dolphins are intelligent beings, capable of feeling joy and suffering pain.
Like us, they live in a complex social groups, pass on culture through generations, play together and even grieve the loss of family and friends.
Understanding and appreciating this social complexity is making sure whale and dolphin populations not only survive, but prosper.
2. We need to save whales to save the planet.
Planet Earth needs healthy oceans. And a healthy oceans need whales. It is not enough to conserve vulnerable species.
We need to restore their ocean environment and allow populations to recover to levels that existed before industrial whaling and fishing destroy the oceans.
4. whales fertilizing the phytoplankton to help the planet.
Whales recycle and move nutrients to the surface waters where they act as the oceans’ gardeners, fertilizing the phytoplankton on which our planet depends.
HOW WHALES SUPPORT THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM
3. whale change climate and provide oxygen.
Humans have done enormous damage to the planet including culling millions of whales and wiping out up to 90% of some populations. Yet few people, let alone governments, are aware that recovering whale and dolphin populations can help fight the damage we cause.
Whales play a important role in the marine ecosystem where they help provide up to 50% of our oxygen, combating climate change and sustain fish stocks.