Act Now To Save Whales From Extinction

Cetaceans Fighting For Survival

The world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises are an incredible and diverse group of cetaceans that do so much to balance the health and ecology of the marine world. Even after decades of protective measures, many whale species are in trouble and in dire need of our help; these incredible species are still fighting for survival. Some cetaceans are critically endangered such species of blue whale, gray whale and right whale, and many other cetaceans are endangered and vulnerable. Some species, such as the vaquita or the baiji are dwindling to double and single digit populations and are staring down the barrel of extinction.

  • Status

    19 species and subspecies are Critically Endangered, 17 are Endangered and 17 are Vulnerable or Near Threatened.

  • Population

    Unknown: there are 87 cetacean species (of 90) and 38 subspecies or populations of whales

  • Habitats


  • Poaching

    Poached for bones, killed as bycatch, exploitative over-hunting

The threats facing these gorgeous marine mammals have shifted through the decades; from demand for whale products driving exploitative over-hunting to threats from bycatch in poorly regulated commercial fishing, to pollution and climate change. Often multiple threats acting simultaneously are shrinking populations and disrupt their underwater range, feeding and mating patterns.


Cetaceans Matter

It’s hard to imagine our seas without the gentle calls of the blue whale or the perky chatter of a pod of dolphins leaping through the waves, but that’s a serious possibility if we do not work to protect these complex and mysterious creatures. Beyond their historic role in the marine environment, whales, dolphins and porpoises play an increasingly vital role in photographic tourism, and their presence alerts us to pollution or fish decline. We need strong legislation that will protect these incredible, warm-blooded mammals and keep our oceans stable. We need to fight to save our whales, dolphins and porpoises for future generations.

States where we're fighting to protect Whales

  • KLCC: Measure To Curb Endangered Animal Poaching On Oregon November Ballot

    August 8, 2016


  • Portland Tribune: Ballot measure would bar trade in parts from endangered and exotic species in Oregon

    July 7, 2016


  • KITV: Governor Ige signs ivory sales ban into law

    June 30, 2016


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