Every February 20th is World Whale Day, an opportunity to celebrate the majesty and mystery of the largest animals on the planet. It is also a day to recognize the ongoing challenges they face, particularly in Australia, where deep-sea oil drilling is a clear threat to whales in the pristine waters of Australia. Great Australian Bight, a right south right whale nursery.
History of World Whale Day
World Whale Day began in Maui, Hawaii in 1980 to honor humpback whales, which migrate through the waters off the archipelago during the winter.
Some of the most fascinating creatures live in our great blue oceans. Whether it's a mammoth blue whale or an enchanting narwhal, whales create mystery wherever they go. Although they have been hunted for their meat and oil, they have meet pollution and habitat loss. World Whaling Day raises awareness of the growing need to protect these diverse and majestic mammals.
While whales belong to the order crustaceans, there are two demarcations - toothed and toothed creatures. Feathers replace teeth on baleen whales. Made of keratin, these bristles act as a filter that collects krill and other small invertebrates from the sea.
Eating the smallest food in the ocean does not make the smallest whales. The blue whale (a species of baleen whale) grows up to 98 feet long and is the largest whale on Earth. The smallest whale species, however, the dwarf sperm whale has teeth that grow to sizes from 6 feet 7 inches to 8 feet 10 inches.
All of us on the Great Oceans Team are huge whale fans. We are constantly sharing news and stories about whales and other marine mammals.
World Whale Day is also a great reminder that whales need our support to face challenges like pollution and habitat loss. We can promote and join conservation efforts to help protect our world's oceans.
Conservation efforts also include valuable marine research organizations worldwide. The more we learn about these amazing creatures, the better we can protect whales.
How to celebrate World Whale Day
Every year, crowds flock to the island for the free all-day event, organized by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The fun begins with a parade that includes floats, costumed characters and children's events, along with music by Hawaiian and international stars.
However, you don't have to go to Maui to mark this special day. Whales need support from wildlife lovers everywhere to face conservation threats like habitat loss and pollution, so the perfect way to celebrate this day is to get involved a fundraising event wherever you live. You will have a long time and support a great cause!
ObservedWorld Whale Day has been observed the third Saturday in February.
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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