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Whales in recovery

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When I was in Argentina for more than 4 years, one of the places I could not visit due to lack of time was the Valdés Peninsula, famous for having a rich ecosystem in which you can see -among other species- penguins, seals and spectacular whales, being the best period to visit it between July and December, months in which the mating of these gigantic mammals occurs.

That yes: this time it is obligatory stop of my - every time more - close trip.

This week I read hopeful news. The humpback whale, almost extinct 4 decades ago by indiscriminate hunting, is now on the road to recovery and has ceased to be included in the list of species at high risk of extinction.

He International Committee for the Conservation of Nature -which is the one that annually produces the list of threatened species- has also improved the status of the southern whale that is one of the favorite targets of the hunters because they float once they have been killed.

According to Randall Reeves, expert on marine mammals of the Committee, The recovery of humpback and southern whales is due to the protection of these two species from commercial hunting, being a very important success and demonstrating what needs to be done to ensure the survival of this ocean giant.

In the 1960s - until the ban on hunting for commercial purposes in 66 - the number of copies fell to a few thousand. Now it is estimated that there are at least some 6, growing at an annual rate of 5% in the North Pacific.

The southern whales -which cross the waters of Argentina, South Africa and Australia- are also recovering by forced marches.

Cheerful news for the weekend. I hope to write an article in a few months in which I tell you what I found live!

Via, discoverynews

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