Volunteer With Whales

Holiday differently and volunteer with whales for your next trip abroad.

Whales are part of the cetacean mammal family. Cetacean mammals are known for being highly specialised animals, including not just whales, but the intelligent and communicative dolphin, the tusked narwhals and more. However, human activity has meant that many species of Cetacea have become endangered.

By volunteering with whales, you can contribute to the conservation efforts of these magnificent creatures. You can take part in educational touristic whale watching programs which adhere to a strict ethical code of conduct that poses no harm to the animals, along with other activities such as identification projects to help understand their migration and distribution.

At the top of the food chain, whales are a fundamental component of marine ecosystems, helping to maintain the overall health of the oceans. However, their status and alluring nature, unfortunately, has not urged people to protect them, as many species of whale are endangered today. They face threats from scientific whaling, overfishing and like all other marine animals, ocean pollution.

By joining a whale volunteer program, you stand the chance of witnessing magnificent breaching humpback whales, the adorable and curious sperm whales, fin whales, sei whales and if you’re lucky, orcas! There’s nothing like seeing an animal of such grand size in their natural habitat, and you can feel assured knowing that during this experience you are not interfering with the animals in any way, whilst simultaneously contributing to vital whale conservation efforts.

Whales At A Glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Endangered
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Dependent On Species
ENDEMIC REGION
Oceans All Around The World

How Endangered Are Whales

There are around 90 species of Cetacea, and out of them there are around 8 species of whale which are either listed as vulnerable or endangered. The most endangered is the Northern Atlantic Right whale with just between 300-350 individuals remaining. It is estimated that there are between 50,000 to 90,000 Fin whales, and roughly 60,000 humpback whales remaining. This may seem like a considerable amount, however, scientists estimate that just a few hundred years ago, there were as many as 240,000 humpbacks swimming the seas.

What is certain, is that populations of these species are declining, and volunteering with whales is essential for providing these animals with a future.

Threats Whales Are Facing

Whales suffer from similar problems as many other marine-based animals. These problems include:

  • Scientific Whaling – the barbaric practice of whaling was banned some time ago, but people still manage to hunt whales under the scientific permit. However, this practice is now outdated and kills the whales painfully and slowly.
  • Commercial Whaling – countries such as Iceland continue to hunt whales for their markets despite changes in legislation in other countries and backlash from them. Over 1,000 whales are killed each year for this practice.
  • Bycatch – whales are often caught up in fishing equipment which was intended for other fish and most of the time, this proves fatal for the whale.
Fast Facts
  • Humans killed at least 2.8 million whales throughout the 20th century.

  • There’s just one all-white humpback whale known in the entire world.
  • A blue whale is the biggest animal on land or sea that is known to have ever lived on Earth – their hearts are the size of a small car!
  • The sperm whale has the largest brain of all whale species. Their brains can weigh up to an impressive 9 kilograms.

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