Whale and dolphin rescues vs. killings

From: Erich Hoyt (erich.hoyt@mac.com)
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 07:10:50 EST

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    On 12 Dec 2004, at 16:57, Tina Schofield wrote:

    > how many whales and dolphins are rescued each year? how many are
    > killed each year?

    It depends on what you mean by 'rescue' - just those untangled from
    nets and line and helped when they strand or do you mean those saved
    through the actions of conservation groups and researchers worldwide.

    Killed can mean the number actually killed by humans, or do you mean
    all deaths (which would be impossible to calculate)?

    If rescues are restricted to those untangled from nets and line or when
    they strand, it is probably as few as tens every years, maybe low
    hundreds some years.

    Killings from hunting, collisions, entanglements, etc. are certainly in
    the many thousands every year.

    - Erich Hoyt

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