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事实

  • 状态
    濒危
  • 人口
    +$Around 400 North Atlantic right whales remain; other species vary: 10,000-90,000
  • 科学名称
    Balaenoptera,Balaena,Eschrichtius和Eubalaen
  • 重量
    +$20-200 Tons
  • 长度
    45-100英尺
  • 栖息地
    海洋
Cap Cetaces Pelagos 2017 - Fin Whale

+$Whales roam throughout all of the world's oceans, communicating with complex and mysterious sounds. Their sheer size amazes us: the blue whale can reach lengths of more than 100 feet and weigh up to 200 tons—as much as 33 elephants.

尽管生活在水中,鲸鱼呼吸空气。和人类一样,它们是温血动物的哺乳动物,为年轻人提供护理。一层厚厚的脂肪被称为脂肪,使它们与寒冷的海水隔绝。

+$Some whales are known as baleen whales, including blue, right, bowhead, sei, and gray whales. This refers to the fact that they have special bristle-like structures in their mouths (called baleen) that strain food from the water. Other whales, such as beluga or sperm whales, have teeth.

南极洲的鲸鱼

+$Whales don’t recognize national boundaries. But they do have core geographies and habitats where they most often roam—whether to rest, mate, frolic, or feed. Discover a few of the Antarctic’s whales.
graphic whale5 fall2019

为什么他们很重要

  • +$Whales are at the top of the food chain and have an important role in the overall health of the marine environment. Whales play a significant role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere; each great whale sequesters an estimated 33 tons of CO2 on average, thus playing their part in the fight against climate change.

    +$Unfortunately, their large size and mythical aura does not protect them; six out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, even after decades of protection. An estimated minimum of 300,000 whales and dolphins are killed each year as a result of fisheries bycatch, while others succumb to a myriad of threats including shipping and habitat loss.

威胁

  • 人口+$Around 400 North Atlantic right whales remain; other species vary: 10,000-90,000
  • 灭绝风险濒危
    1. EX
      绝种

      毫无疑问,最后一个人已经死亡

    2. EW
      野外绝种

      只知道在种植,圈养或归化人口中存活

    3. CR
      极度濒危

      面临野外濒临灭绝的极高风险

    4. EN
      濒危

      面临野外濒临灭绝的高风险

    5. VU
      弱势

      面临野外濒临灭绝的高风险

    6. NT
      接近受威胁

      可能在不久的将来有资格获得受威胁的类别

    7. LC
      最不需要担心的

      不符合极度濒危,濒危,易受伤害或接近受威胁的资格

Petrol tanker waiting for its cargo, Fujeirah port, United Arabe Emirats, Indian Ocean

行业

+$Many of the world's busiest shipping and ferry lanes overlap directly with areas where whales feed, give birth, nurse their young, or travel between feeding and breeding grounds. Collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear (known as bycatch), and pollution injure and kill whales. In many countries, there's often a lack of political will to prioritize and address these problems, and inaction is largely due to lack of awareness of the scale of the problem and mitigation tools, particularly where bycatch is concerned.

+$Shipping Activity And+$oil and gas development cause noise+$that can disrupt whale communication or even damage whales' hearing. Such disturbance can exclude whales from critical feeding and breeding grounds and disrupt their migratory paths.

商业捕鲸

+$Despite a moratorium on commercial whaling and a ban on international trade of whale products, three countries—Iceland, Japan, and Norway—continue their commercial whale hunts. Over 1,000 whales a year are killed for such commercial purposes. The blue whale, the largest animal ever known to have existed, was almost exterminated in the 20th century due to commercial whaling.

+$The United States and other International Whaling Commission (IWC) member countries have tried for years to persuade Iceland, Japan, and Norway to end their whaling as it undermines the effectiveness of the commission's commercial whaling ban. However, in 2019, Japan chose to walk away from the IWC and now conducts commercial whaling in its own territorial waters, outside of any international controls.

气候变化

+$Warming oceans and loss of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic can affect the habitats and food of whales. Large patches of tiny plants and animals that they feed on will likely move or change in abundance as climate change alters seawater temperature, winds, and ocean currents. These changes can mean whales such as humpbacks and blues may have to migrate much further to reach feeding grounds, leaving them with less time to forage for food. The shift in food availability due to climate fluctuations has already hurt the reproductive rates of the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

世界自然基金会在做什么

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) surfacing in front of the WWF research team, Gulf of Corcovado, South America.

+$WWF has been actively working to protect whales for 50 years. In 1984, we helped to convince the world to ban commercial whaling. WWF and our partners want to reduce the number of whales lost each year by demonstrating to shipping companies, fishing fleets, and governments that new tools and best practices can significantly reduce whale deaths and injury. WWF documents and works to protect critical feeding and breeding areas and migration routes of whales. We work to establish whale sanctuaries, help shift shipping lanes, and curtail seismic surveys that disrupt feeding grounds. For example, WWF played a vital role in the creation of the Ross Sea Sanctuary in the+$Southern Ocean+$. We strive to increase awareness of the need for whale conservation at national, regional, and international levels. We also create opportunities for local communities to be involved with and profit from whale conservation initiatives.

国际捕鲸委员会

+$WWF lobbies to bring all whaling under the strict control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The IWC is the body charged with regulating whaling and addressing the vast number of other threats to whales, dolphins, and porpoises in our oceans such as shipping, climate change, and bycatch. WWF is working to make the IWC more effective in reducing all threats to whales.

+$The Global Marine Cetacean Initiative

+$WWF is working on an exciting new initiative to promote the conservation of whales and dolphins around the world. The Global Marine Cetacean Initiative focuses on whales and dolphins in marine environments and centers around three main pillars of activities: 1) improved monitoring and mitigation of bycatch in fishing gear; 2) reduction of underwater noise and collision risks from shipping; and 3) improved protection of critical cetacean habitats used for feeding, breeding, resting, or migration. We're collaborating with other international organizations, providing evidence and tools for other conservation partners to tackle threats and harmful practices, and advocacy that includes targeted awareness raising and communication campaigns with governments and industries.

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