Whales are naturally a renewable resource, however at the rate at which they are currently and historically being killed their populations are not able to renew themselves. Whales have only one offspring at a time, which does not allow their populations to grow very quickly. This is a reproduction strategy used by many ‘key’ species, have just one offspring and devote a lot of time to them, which is why they are more susceptible to hunting than other species who have a lot of offspring at once are. Greenpeace places high importance on protecting whales both for the biodiversity and role they place in the oceans and the health problems that arise from eating their blubber.
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