Some of the conservation efforts to save humpback whales include the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan, the Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks project and the More North Atlantic Humpbacks project. In addition, safe boating practice education and humpback whale research and monitoring aid the effort to protect humpbacks.Know More
Some conservation plans focus on preventing whale deaths because of nets. For instance, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan attempts to prevent whales from getting caught in gill net and trap or pot fisheries by modifying buoy lines and closing dangerous fisheries. The Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan is similar to the Atlantic plan for preventing whale deaths from gill nets.
Another conservation effort is educating boat operators on safe practices around whales and ways to prevent striking and colliding with whales.
Other methods to save humpback whales focus on researching and monitoring them. One of these methods is the Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks (SPLASH) effort. SPLASH involves researchers from all around the world. It focuses on understanding whales more thoroughly and on the impact of humans on whale populations so that more effective conservation plans can evolve.Learn more in Marine Mammals
Humpback whales range between 48 and 62.5 feet in length and can weigh up to 40 tons. As baleen whales, humpbacks' consume krill, plankton and small fish. The complex vocalizations of humpbacks are called songs and can last for hours, but the purpose of these sounds is unclear.Full Answer >
Humpback whales feed on fish, krill and plankton. Adult humpbacks have no natural enemies. Scars on juveniles suggest that they may be attacked by killer whales, but this has not been observed directly.Full Answer >
Some whales have fins, but not all species do. Some types of whales have dorsal fins similar to a dolphin's that help them to swim.Full Answer >
Blue whales weigh approximately 200 tons and can grow to a length of between 82 and 105 feet. They are the largest mammals to have ever lived on earth.Full Answer >