Today is the Day of Protection of Marine Mammals – and this was reminded to us by the Leader of SDG 14 “Preservation of Marine Ecosystems” Asel Baymukanov!
You will be able to learn more about this in different sources. But according to this source
World Marine Mammal Day or World Whale Day is celebrated in many countries on 19 February.
This ecological date is considered a day of protection not only for whales, but also for all marine mammals and various other living beings living in the seas and oceans of our planet. The Day was established in 1986 when the moratorium on whale fishing imposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) came into force.
This moratorium is still in effect and means that whale hunting, as well as the trade in whale meat, is prohibited worldwide. Whale fishing is currently permitted solely to meet the needs of indigenous people (so-called Aboriginal) and the removal of whales for scientific purposes under special permits from ICC member governments.
First of all, Whale Day is to draw the attention of the public, the authorities and all mankind to the protection of this unique species of animal and in general all marine mammals, which to date have only 119 species on our planet. The intense and ruthless extermination of marine mammals and whales in particular, which has lasted for more than 200 years, has had a detrimental impact on their numbers – many members of this unit have been on the verge of extinction.
And they are the most sensitive indicators of the state of the planet ‘s marine systems and an important link in the world ‘s ocean supply chains, they create stability of the biological cycle of substances in the ecological system. Therefore, a reduction in the number of whales and other marine animals leads to a breakdown of the biological balance in marine ecosystems. After all, every disappeared species is an irreparable loss – everything that disappears in the animal world – disappears forever.
Despite the fact that the moratorium on whale fishing is still in effect and whale mining is prohibited by the laws of most countries, the destruction of these animals continues. Besides, a person, unfortunately, by his activities, is not always reasonable, for a long time has a negative impact on nature, changing it. For example, fishing gear, as well as pollution of the oceans with petroleum products due to the expansion of the geography of offshore oil production, are causing heavy losses to marine mammals.
This ecological date is considered the day of protection not only of whales, but also of all marine mammals and various other living beings living in the seas and oceans of our planet (Photo: Joost van Uffelen, Shutterstock)
This state of affairs does not suit the defenders of marine mammals and all indifferent people to the future of our planet. Public attention is drawn to the problem in order to preserve the marine inhabitants. In many countries there are clubs and societies of lovers of these animals, marine reserves are created where their lives are not threatened. And immediately on that day, every year, various conservation groups, environmental organizations and the public carry out all kinds of actions in defence of whales and other marine mammals and various information events or dedicate the day to the protection of one unique species at death risk.
In Russia, the Day for the Protection of Marine Mammals has been celebrated since 2002 and is of particular importance, as the seas of our country are home to several dozen species of whales, dolphins, sea cats and seals, many of which are endangered and listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The Earth ‘s seas and oceans were developed by marine mammals long before humans emerged. The findings of paleontologists confirm the existence of whales and seals 26 million years ago. Cetacea is a unit of aquatic mammals that includes whales, dolphins, and guinea pigs. Whales breathe air with the help of lungs, are warm-blooded, feed baby milk. The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth, with its weight sometimes reaching 200 tons. Whales gave people a lot: whale us and sperm, whale fat and bone flour. And recently, the study of whales has been seriously interested in doctors. Keith is a beautiful symbol of life in the sea, big and powerful, but at the same time very defenseless. And it ‘s important to remember…
It should also be noted that there is another date for such events – World Whale and Dolphin Day.
One single marine endemic – Caspian seal lives in Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan And one of his bright defenders is Asel Baimukanova as an employee of Almaty Institute of Hydrobiology and as a very responsible girl – the real Leader of SDG -2030 among young people of Kazakhstan Today on her account she published information and once again addressed us with this topic At the end of it attached video “Save Caspian seal” We invite you all to read this information Xtim also recall that among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals there is also SDG 14 “Conservation of marine ecosystems”
Dear friends! Let us all join forces to save our planet! We can do it!
“We can be the first generation to end poverty, but we can also be the last generation to have a chance to save the planet. If we achieve our goals, in 2030 this world will be better “(p.50 UN Resolution of 25 September 2015” Transforming our world for sustainable development in 2030 “).