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Whales are crucial for our planet's health

The sight of a whale is impressive, but they seem alien to us due to their size and scale: the family of whales, cetaceans, includes some of the largest animals ever to live on the earth, such as the Sperm Whale and 16 species of Baleen Whales. Also, they live in unknown ocean depths and travel nearly the entire world. In the past, these giants were common, but this changed about 3,100 years ago when people in Spain started hunting Right Whales. Whales were sold for their meat, oil, and baleen, which filters plankton. Over the next 1,000 years, whale populations were reduced by as much as 90%, causing some species to become endangered and close to being extinct. Also, climate change has caused some whale species to shift their living habits, such as Humpback, Blue, Fin, and Sperm whales, and others to change their migrations. These trends are life-changing to the whales, but also indirectly life-changing for us, as whales play important roles in the stabilization of oceans and in turn, the stabilization of the world's climates. In this article, I explain why whales are critical for our planet and they are important to protect:
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  • Gorffly mokua

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    The beauty of every ocean !! Whales.

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    • rosebellendiritu

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      Whales are important to protect

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      • Grace Njeri

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        In the absence of whales, krill would likely eat much of the free-floating phytoplankton on the ocean's surface, resulting in a marked acceleration in climate change.

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        • Grace Njeri

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          Whales play a significant role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere

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          • Munene Mugambi

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            Whale numbers need to increase

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            • Johannes Luiga

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              Whales are amazing animals!

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