Subject: Re: A Question on whales

Kim Marshall (kim@Whale.Org)
Sat, 15 Feb 1997 12:12:21 -0500 (EST)

Hello Angela,

I am not sure how many species there were before whaling but there is about
78 species of whales and dolphins today.  Included in this number are about
2-3 new species discovered in the last 10 years.  There was probably around
the same number of species before whaling started.  There was definately
more whales in each population.

Some people still hunt whales for their oil and blubber, for example the
Inuit people in northern Canada hunt bowhead whales.  Other countries like
Japan, Norway and Iceland still hunt whales for tradional reasons and for
scientific reasons.  It is the job of the International Whaling Commission
to get all the countries around the world to come up with a fair number of
whales to catch each year and most whale species are protected by the law
against whaling because they are endangered from all the past whaling.

Thanks for the great questions - Kim Marshall