Blue Whales, North East Indian Ocean 2022
© Dr. Jochen Bayer
Distribution. 4 Subspecies. Balaenoptera musculus musculus (North Atlantic and North Pacific), Balaenoptera musculus intermedia (Antarctica), Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda (Australia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, New Zealand), Balaenoptera musculus indica (Northwestern Indian Ocean). possibly another subspecies along the chilean coast
Size. ♀ 30 m. 120 t / ♂ 100 t
Lifespan. 70-90 y
Reproduction. ♀ Sexual maturity after 8-10 years. 1 calf, 6-7 m. Gestation period 10-12 months
Threats. Plastic Waste. Ship strikes. Underwater noise. Disturbances of ecosystems resulting in a decline in the krill population. Whaling. Orcas
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No plastic waste
Avoid buying oversea products
Go whale watching
No sea fish
Do not use drift nets and longlines
Responsible whale watching
Avoid waste discharge into rivers
No plastic waste & no plastic packaging
Creation of transnational protected areas
No scientific whaling
Ban on deep-sea fishing
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