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The Destruction Of The Minke Whale

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Captain Ahab was a fictional character that participated in whale hunting in a book called Moby Dick. Moby Dick was the name of the great white whale that Captain Ahab was pursing to hunt. “The Minke Whale also known as the baleen whale is the smallest of the rorqual species, and the females are normally larger than the males,” Sea Shepherd1, but due to commercial whaling they are facing extinction. Minke Whale Hunting is a problem in Antarctic Ocean which is also known as the Southern Ocean, They are being killed by the Japanese to be used for sushi. “The Japanese and other countries have been hunting whales since the 1800’s”, studies that were recorded in 1986 have shown that over 30,000 Minke whales have been killed.4 People should pay attention to this because an animal is being hunted and is near extinction. According to Sea Shepherd, “The taxonomy of Minke whales is currently in question, and soon there may be three species of Minke whales.”1 The Antarctic Sanctuary or the Southern Ocean Sanctuary was established in 1994 devoting 19 million square miles of waters is dedicated to the whales for feeding,” ABC News2 . Minke Whale Hunting is a global, national, regional, and local problem because the earth will have another animal that is extinct. By reducing the demand for sushi, by preventing the Japanese from hunting the whale, and enforcing the Antarctic Sanctuary Law, marine biologist and Oceanic Conservation can protect the Minke Whales before they are extinct.
The Antarctic Minke Whale is the largest of the Minke whales family. Minke whales are stocky, having a layer of blubber several inches thick. They have a life expectancy of 20 years, but due to hunting some whales are not making it to see their 20th birthday.1 This topic has been a problem for an approximately thousands of years. According to, Daniel McGlynn3, “in the early 1700’ the whaling industry flourished, they were using whales to make Oil.” The problem started out in the Pacific and the Antarctic, and eventually moved to just the Antarctic. Even though, Fossil Fuels were substituted for the use of oil making, the Japanese continue to hunt the whales’ for their meat.2 The consequences will be losing a species. We are currently losing our Minke Whale because they are unable to reproduce due to hunting. The predicted effects are that they will be no longer existing.1
Brian Handwerk4 discusses the Southern Sanctuary which was established as a “compromise effort during this week's meeting.” The Southern Sanctuary was developed in 1994 and presumed, “that 19 million square miles (50 million square kilometers) of waters surrounding Antarctica—as a critical space safe from commercial whaling. Most of the world's whales feed in these waters.”4 People should care about whales because they are being hunted, which is illegal. The whales’ population is damage due to hunting. The people who eat sushi with whale meat in it. The people are a part of the problem because they are demanding...

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