Explaining Pattern in which Humpback Whales Drift in Pacific

Explaining Pattern in which Humpback Whales Drift in Pacific

About 50 years ago, since the international community has banned commercial whaling, a gradual increase has been noticed in the population of North Pacific humpback whales. Considering this, a group of Hawaii fishermen is urging the federal government to take off these northern Pacific humpback whales from the rare species list.

In this regard, last month even a petition has been filed by the Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc. to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This group is a coalition of fishing clubs and groups across the islands.

In 1960s, when there were about 1,400 humpback whales in the North Pacific; today there exist approximately more than 21,000 whales.

During the winters when breeding and calving season is on its peak, more than half of these whales survive in warm waters of Hawaii. Since, Humpback whales are known for acrobatic leaps and multifarious singing patterns, these serve as a true attraction for tourists here. As a result, these whales have supported a flourishing whale-watching industry in Hawaii too.

Few other humpback whales of North Pacific swim off to Central America, Mexico, Japan and the Philippines for feeding. During summers, these humpback whales generally drift the waters of Canada, Russia and Alaska to feed on krill and fish there.


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