IUCN : Endangered gray whales under threat in Russia

These whales are still struggling but with combined effort the population numbers are increasing!

The ocean update

A female western gray whale (not pictured) swam all of the way from Russia to Mexico and back again in 172 days. Credit : Photograph by Craig Hayslip. Copyright Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. A female western gray whale (not pictured) swam all of the way from Russia to Mexico and back again in 172 days. Credit : Photograph by Craig Hayslip. Copyright Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute.

September 4th, 2016. The western gray whale population is currently listed at Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species™.

“What started 12 years ago as a response to a growing conflict between environmentalists and the oil and gas industry over one critically endangered whale population has resulted in multiple benefits for conservation and business,” said IUCN Director General Inger Andersen.

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