WWF – Blue Whale

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The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed. During the 20th century, the species was an important whaling target and even after it was protected and commercial whaling stopped in 1964, exploitation efforts by the former Soviet Union persisted.

The largest animal that has ever lived

The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed. During the 20th century, the species was an important whaling target and even after it was protected and commercial whaling stopped in 1964, exploitation efforts by the former Soviet Union persisted.Although commercial whaling no longer represents a threat, global climate change and its impact on ocean euphausiids (krill – shrimp-like crustaceans), blue whales’ major prey, makes this cetacean particularly vulnerable.A number of South Pacific countries, including five island nations, have declared their EEZs (Exclusive Economic Zone) to be whale sanctuaries in which commercial whaling is prohibited and where additional research on large whales is encouraged.
 
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