Mark Wilson's goal
42) Go whale watching
Extensive commercial whaling throughout the 20th century
caused a dramatic decline in whale numbers, pushing some
species to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, in 1982, a ban
on commercial whaling was agreed and has remained in place
to allow stocks to begin to recover.
Whale watching is a fascinating experience that can
contribute to their conservation both financially and through
increased awareness and education. Whale watching trips
must be undertaken with a responsible operator who follows
the whale watching regulations governing their area. The
operator should place the welfare of the animal first, as well
as providing a safe, enjoyable and educational trip.
The size and proportions of these mammals are difficult to
imagine. The blue whale is the longest and heaviest animal
on Earth and can weigh up to 120 tonnes. Watching an
animal of this size skim silently through the sparkling blue sea
is truly a privilege.
|Date goal set:
||6th Feb 2006
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