Humpback whales are no longer considered endangered in Australia - but is this a good thing?

Some environmentalists are concerned that taking the humpback whale off Australia's endangered species list is premature. Image: Unsplash/ Abigail Lynn

Lizzy Rosenberg
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Whales also continue to face the effects of drilling, boats, fishing, and other human activities, according to The Ecologist — hopefully Australia's decision ultimately proves to be positive.
Humpback whale numbers have increased in Australia, due to a crackdown on poachers. Image: Unsplash/ Mike Doherty

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