Q:

How many whales are left in the world?

A:

The best estimates from the International Whaling Commission indicate that there are roughly 1.7 million whales in the world. However, it is impossible to count the number of whales or any other ocean-dwelling creature accurately, and thus, the real number of whales in the world may be significantly lower or higher than this figure.

These numbers reflect estimates that were made between 1985 and 2007. The whales counted include Minke, Blue, Fin, Gray, Bowhead, Humpback, Right, Bryde's and Pilot.

When estimating whale populations, scientists looked at sections of the world rather the entire world at once. Whether the scientists were making an estimate for the Southern Hemisphere, the North Pacific, or any other area, the numbers derived from their work were simply estimates, and in some cases, the scientists indicated that the real numbers may be up to 50 percent higher or lower than the estimated numbers.

Sources:

  1. iwc.int

Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How many dolphins are left in the world?

    A:

    It is impossible to estimate the total dolphin population. There are 42 species of dolphin spanning many different regions. Some species' populations are known but no one has estimated the total for all dolphins.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many green sea turtles are left?

    A:

    The Sea Turtle Conservancy estimates that there are 85,000 to 90,000 nesting female green sea turtles worldwide. The population of males and immature females is not known.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do whales swim?

    A:

    Whales have evolved to swim easily through water using vertical strokes of their tails, while their flippers aid in changing direction, balancing, and stopping, according to the National Marine Life Center. Their streamlined bodies are designed for speed in the water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are whales poached?

    A:

    Whales are primarily hunted for meat and blubber, which are sold as food products in countries like Japan and Iceland. Historically, whale blubber also supplied oil for lamps before petroleum became the dominant fuel source. Although the International Whaling Commission issued a worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986, individual countries can reject the ban or use loopholes to continue the practice.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore