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The topic of whales on the internet has taken the world by a storm. Notably, there are passionate lovers and hater of this topic, which depends on the individual’s interests. The formers’ liking of this topic is due to adventure such as ecotourism that it supports. On the contrary, the latter’s disappointment is due to the interference with their business since they are whale hunters. Ideally, this topic has been able to highlight the dangers of over whaling. Actually, the humpback whales were near extinction in 1966 due to this behavior. It is only due to the constructive efforts of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which banned their fishing in 1966, that they have been able to survive. Notably, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has a lot of content on whales. Similarly, the World Wide Web and YouTube have an in-depth analysis and videos of whales. Facebook has various accounts such as “Great Ocean Road Whales” and “Save The Whales CA.” Notably, these accounts can provide an average whale lover with detail about them.
In terms of bias, whales are mostly treated as endangered species. Generally, most social media groups inform people of the dangers of over-whaling and pollution on these creatures. In this case, they advocate for alternative ways that communities living near the sea can benefit from whales, such as through ecotourism. Ecotourism from a marine point of view occurs when individuals visit oceans and seas that have whales in order to watch them play, hunt them, or even to swim with them. Interestingly, communities that live in seas that have these mammals can always make videos on them for commercial purposes. Accordingly, these films can provide an alternative source of income. However, the topic on whales is not as popular as that of dogs or cats. Nevertheless, this topic is important since whales are an endangered creatures. Consequently, it is essential for governments and media houses to spread the news about whales.
In the future, I think whales will become more popular. In fact, the topic on whales is becoming more common. Moreover, the positive impacts or complete or partial banning of whaling during certain months of the year has shown tremendous positive results. For instance, whales are now visible in areas such as the Scandinavian sea and the Middle East where their numbers had almost completely diminished. Similarly, news on whales are becoming more and more common. Currently, there are media companies that have dedicated themselves to cover these news. For example, on 5th August 2016, ABC News shared a story of a beaked whale that died in Minnamurra after being beached. On the same breath, the Sydney Morning Herald has covered over thirty stories on whales. Notably, most of these stories are new that occurred within the last one year.
To sum up, studying this topic has given me great insight on human beings responsibility of taking care of our environment. To begin with, I have learned that the maritime laws and regulations that various countries establish have a direct impact on our environment. Ideally, this knowledge is supported by the increase in the number of whales after implementation of various anti-whaling laws by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. In addition to this, I have learned that there are various economic activities that whales can earn to their communities. Besides whaling, people living near the sea can carry out ecotourism. Importantly, this method ensures that they conserve their environment while still having a sustainable source of income.