“Please don’t fail on saving the whale.” – Anonymous
Happy World Whale Day from Project Jatropha! World Whale Day is celebrated on February 19 each year, to raise public awareness about the importance of the whales, their beauty, the ocean habitat, and their ecological importance of what they contribute to the land ecosystem. Every whale accumulates 33 tons of CO2 on average in their bodies during their lifespan of approximately 8 decades. After their death, the whales sink to the bottom of the ocean. As a result of which, this takes the carbon out of the atmosphere for hundreds of years. The first “World Whale Day” was celebrated in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, which was organised to raise awareness about the humpback whales that migrate to Hawaii every year. There are several ways to protect the whale habitat. For starters, fishing in the region must be prohibited because whales could get caught in the fishing nets, starve, and die (BBC News, 2021, Helen Briggs). Secondly, it is very important to not pollute the ocean habitat of the whales by not dumping plastic in the oceans. Statistics have shown that more than 240 wildlife species, including whales, get affected due to ingestion of plastic (World Wildlife, 2021, Chris Johnson). Let’s all work together to protect the ocean habitat, recycle plastic, and save the whales.