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The Great Whales

As whaling technology modernized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the great whales stood no chance against the relentless onslaught of commercial whaling. As a result of over-exploitation, many whale species are still endangered today. Some, like the Humpback whale, have made a significant recovery thanks to international conservation efforts. However, Iceland, Norway and Japan continue to hunt whales on an industrial scale and whales face many other threats.
 
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) continues to monitor and evaluate the status of cetaceans. Some species are listed as Data Deficient due to a lack of complete and comprehensive information on population totals.
 
Image

Name

Status

blue Blue Whale
Pygmy Blue Whale
Antarctic Blue Whale
North Atlantic Blue Whale
North Pacific Blue Whale
EN
DD
CR
VU
LR/CD
fin Fin Whale
EN
sright Southern Right Whale
Chile-Peru Right Whale
LC
CR
naright North Atlantic Right Whale
EN
npright North Pacific Right Whale
Northeast Pacific Right Whale
EN
CR
sei Sei Whale
EN
sperm Sperm Whale
VU
bowhead Bowhead Whale
Bering-Beaufort-Chukchi Sea Bowhead Whale
Okhotsk Sea Bowhead Whale
Svaalbard-Barents Sea Bowhead Whale
LC
LR/CD
EN
CR
brydes Bryde's Whale
DD
humpback Humpback Whale
Arabian Sea Humpback Whale
Oceania Humpback Whale
LC
EN
EN
gray Gray Whale
Northwest Pacific Gray Whale
LC
CR
cminke Common Minke Whale
LC
aminke Antarctic Minke Whale
DD

 
For a complete list of threatened Cetaceans, including Dolphins, refer to the IUCN Red List.
 
IUCN Status
CR: Critically Endangered
EN: Endangered
VU: Vulnerable
LR/CD: Lower Risk/Conservation Dependent
LC: Least Concern
DD: Data Deficient

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The International Whale Protection Organization is a non-profit association against the exploitation of whales and dolphins.