With the current state of the world, it seems as though hearing news regarding endangered and borderline extinct animals is becoming normal. With climate change and global warming making their presence known across the globe, in addition to the consequences brought forward with human interference, it isn’t difficult to figure out why the populations of certain animals are dwindling.
This post isn’t about these unfortunate realizations, though. In fact, it’s the complete opposite in the humpback whale realm.
An article from The Good News Network had me feeling delightfully surprised when I came across it the other day, specifically because of the articles opening line:
“Conservationists are rejoicing after new research showed that whales in the South Atlantic have rebounded from the brink of extinction.”
Understandably, I continued reading.
“Intense pressure from the whaling industry in the early 1900s saw the western South Atlantic population of humpbacks diminish to only 450 whales, after approximately 25,000 of the mammals were hunted within 12 years.
“Protections were put in place in the 1960s after scientists noticed worldwide that populations were declining. In the mid-1980s, the International Whaling Commission issued a moratorium on all commercial whaling, offering further safeguards for the struggling population,” says the article.
But I’m not here to be a Debbie Downer. I kept reading.
“A new study co-authored by Grant Adams, John Best and André Punt from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences revealed that the species’ population (Megaptera novaeangliae) has rebounded to 25,000. Researchers believe this new estimate is now close to pre-whaling numbers,” the article says.
Can I get a whoop whoop?!
The humpback whale population has made a powerful comeback. Once bordering on complete extinction, the humpback whale population has increased from a mere 450 to more than 25,000.
If this isn’t your daily dose of good news, I’m not sure what would be. Yay for whales.
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