Future of the Environment

This is how humans have affected whale populations over the years

This photo shows a whale breaching

WWF founder Sir Peter Scott said: “If we cannot save the whales from extinction, we have little hope of saving mankind and the life-supplying biosphere.” Image: Todd Cravens/Unsplash

Kate Whiting
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A bar chart shows the number of whales hunted since 2005
Almost 1,500 whales were hunted in the last year on record Image: Statista
A gray whale is beached on the Californian coastline in May 2019.
A gray whale is beached on the Californian coastline Image: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
A tally of whales killed in the 20th century
2 million whales were killed during the last century Image: WWF
Canned whale meat is displayed at a roadside store in Japan.
Whale meat is sold in cans in Japan. Image: REUTERS/Issei Kato
Workers prepare to unload a Minke whale in Hokkaido, Japan.
A Minke whale on board a whaling vessel. Image: Kyodo/via REUTERS
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