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Are Blue Whales Extinct?  
User currently offlineBoeing in Pdx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 814 times:

Are these giants still roming the waters or have they been decimated by the horrors of the Human race. I think whaling should be outlawed all over the world.

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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 805 times:

They are still roaming the waters, but are endangered just like all of the giant whales.

I completely agree, whaling should be outlawed all over the world.

We shouldn't hunt these endangered, gentle creatures when there are many other creatures that we can use for food.

Regards



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User currently offlineHeederA380 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 802 times:

They are, in fact, still around.  Smile

http://whales.magna.com.au/DISCOVER/BLUE/index.html


User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 796 times:

Unfortunately they´re bound for extinction.  Sad

There are so few individuals left that they have a hard time finding a member of the opposite sex to produce new whales. (Most probable cause.)

Whaling is outlawed at the moment but it has been decided very recently to loosen those laws. They aren´t imposed anyway.
Basically it´s the Norwegins who hunt some smaller species because of tradition and to eat them and the Japanese because they think whales are way better than Viagra and because they also eat the meat.  Pissed



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 751 times:

The problem I have with whaling is not because they are gentle (orcas are not "gentle" for a start, nor are sperm whales) or any other kind of anthropomorphic reasoning like that, but because they are sentient.

Hunting another sentient being is a crime against nature. Cetaceans cannot be bracketed with other animals any more than humans can.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 739 times:

I don't like the idea of whaling much, but if they are going to do whaling(or any other sort of poaching) the least they could do is do it more evenly man vs beast instead of AK47/rocket propelled harpoon vs beast. Go back to spears and having to outwit an animal before it kills you.

www.dictionary.com describes sentient as.
sen·tient
adj.
Having sense perception; conscious:
Experiencing sensation or feeling.

Banco what animals would you describe as sentient?? I'm thinking...Cetaceans,Primates,Psittacidae (though not fully proven yet)...any others you can think of?


User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 727 times:

They would have been ....had it not been for some last minute conservation efforts.But the damage has been done....not many of these wonders of nature remaining.It is fascinating to talk about these Blue Whales,also called Right Whales i think, since they are the largest creatures to ever inhabit this planet.Most of the large animals came and went in the Dinasour era and the years following that.....but it is amazing how in this day in age....we all have had the chance to exist side by side with the largest creature of all time.
I truly wish the Norwegians and the Japanese stop....it is beyond me why they would insist on hunting down the precious few of these beasts that we have left.


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 712 times:

The Blue Whale is different to the Right Whale. A Blue Whale can exceed 30 metres, but is long a slender, A Right Whale rarely exceeds 18m but is very short & stocky but very heavy...it floated when it was harpooned, which led to its name the 'Right' Whale

User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 713 times:

Thanks for the correction Aerorobnz....that was the only thing i wasnt sure about hence i used "i think" when referring to them as Right Whales also..

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 702 times:

Aerorobnz, I doubt that the parrot family (psittacidae) is sentient. They are able to mimic human speech, but that is not the same thing. With primates, although intelligent it seems unlikely that any apart from humans are self-aware.

However, many whales, dolphins and of course humans themselves probably are. This is the difference.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5083 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 698 times:

They're still roaming the oceans but unfortunately like many other animals they are endangered. When will humanity learn?


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