It can be a tough world out there. Climate change has a ruthless effect on wildlife, not to mention the damage that we as humans are causing to our planet. Good news Once in a while, however, good news comes out of the blue to give us all hope for a better world. A new study co-authored by Grant Adams, John Best and André Punt from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences has been released and shows that humpback whale populations have admirably bounced back from near extinction. Back in the early 1900s, the whaling industry had brought the western South Atlantic population of humpbacks to a mere 450 whales. It was estimated that approximately 25,000 of the animals were killed within 12 years. A devastating fact indeed. Pre-hunting numbers Just in the nick of time, humanity proved that it can once again work together for the greater good, and in the 1960s and mid-1980s strict measures were taken to protect the species that then seemed to be on the brink of extinction. Fast-forward to 2019, it is clear now that those moves were successful, as the mammals have now reached pre-hunting numbers; over 25,000 […]


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