Whale watching nature tourism is becoming a vehicle for transforming conservation and research into key economic forces.
As populations of whales around the world are starting to show signs of slow recovery from past whaling exploitation, the potential is also growing to observe whales from coastal communities.
Not only can whale watching help to raise awareness about marine conservation issues, but also it often provides a platform for scientific research, ultimately contributing to the conservation of the animals.
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Repost from @cites Parties to CITES decided at #CoP17 a year ago on 4 October 2016 to bring the amazing #mobula rays (Mobula spp.) under the CITES protection by including them in Appendix II.
Increasing international trade in Mobula gill plates has led to expansion of unsustainable fisheries, which are largely unregulated and unmonitored. As a result, local catch declines of up to 96% for Mobula japanica and 99% for Mobula tarapacana in the Indo-Pacific region have been observed in fished populations over the past ten to fifteen years despite increased directed effort. Small and highly fragmented populations, exceptionally low productivity, and known aggregating behaviour make these species highly vulnerable to exploitation with limited ability to recover from a depleted state. #CITES#rays#shark#CoP17#CITESspecies
Video&caption by @dkendebai More from Dana Point, CA ...I swam with dolphins in Jamaica, but having a pod of 100s of dolphins surrounding your boat is totally unforgettable!!! be good to animals They bring so much JOY!!! #savedolphins