Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales doing OK!

August 15th, 2008 - 3:08 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

A great news released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. According to the latest cetacean update of the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species, The humpback whale and other species of large whales are now more secure from extinction than they have been in the recent past.

Cetacean scientist Randall Reeves, who led the IUCN Red List assessment said “Humpbacks and southern right whales are making a comeback in much of their range mainly because they have been protected from commercial hunting,”

The assessments were done by scientists from the Cetacean Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. It appeared that after the commercial hunting of the last century, humpback whale numbers were classified as ‘Vulnerable to extinction’ in 2007. Recently whale specialists have reclassified the it as a species of Least Concern, which means that there is low risk of extinction of the whales, though two subpopulations (Arabian and Oceania) are listed as Endangered.

‘Eubalaena australis’ the southern right whale have also been removed from Vulnerable to extinction to Least Concern category.

Accoring to Patrick Ramage, Global Whale Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, this is a great win for them in protecting whales for over 4 decades.

“Ending commercial whaling was one of the most important conservation victories of the 20th century. Today, our planet’s great whales face more threats than ever, including renewed whaling by Japan, Iceland and Norway,” said Ramage. “It is our generation’s turn to keep these magnificent creatures off the target list forever.”

However Blue whale, the world’s largest animal remains in Endangered list.

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