Sadly, yes. 100 years ago, blue whales comprised 90% of the whaling industry’s annual catch. The worst year for blue whales was 1931, when 30,000 of the creatures were killed. Though it is illegal to hunt them, the population has only been in decline, and there are thought to be 11,000 blue whales left in the world. The humpback whale’s population declined to under 10,000 until 1966, when the International Whaling Commission declared it illegal to hunt them. Most countries followed the ban, except for the Soviet Union, which stopped hunting humpbacks four years later. Currently, the humpback population has been restored to between 30 and 40,000.
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