Whale Conservation

The Problem

Whales, dolphins and other marine mammals are under mounting threats in the ocean including entanglements in fishing gear, ocean noise, loss of food source as bait moves due to warming oceans, and ship strikes. Despite our conservation efforts, some populations here in New England are declining: this summer we saw an unprecedented and concerning increase in right whale deaths.

Researchers now predict the right whale could become extinct in the next twenty years. Scientists estimate there are only about 100 mature right whale females left, leaving in question whether they can reproduce quickly enough for the species to survive.

Whales are certainly beloved and iconic animals here in New England, but they are also vital to a healthy ocean. Their feces provide important nutrients that form the base of the marine food web, and whales help distribute those nutrients and smaller organisms that feed on them throughout the water column by their continual deep dives and surfacing.

How Can You Help?

Join us at our W2O Spring Event on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.

THINK BIG: A passion lived. An ocean saved.

The event will feature Sri Lankan marine biologist, National Geographic Explorer and New England Aquarium MCAF Fellow Dr. Asha de Vos. Dr. de Vos is an inspiration to all of us with her groundbreaking work to protect the Northern Indian Ocean Blue Whales, her insights about how local conservation efforts can be leveraged and her dedication to creating the next generation of ocean scientists around the world. A single action to take on behalf of whale conservation will be announced at the event. Tickets are on sale in January.

Follow the Anderson-Cabot Center for Ocean Life of the New England Aquarium’s blog for up to date happenings on right whale research and conservation.