Eddy's Good News: The comeback of the Blue Whale and a report on how conservation works worldwide

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2 May 2024, 17:11

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Credit: Jeremy J. Kiszka. Florida International University- Florida International University

The Seychelles, an Indian Ocean tourist paradise, a great destination for those seeking a beach holiday and for scuba divers and according to delighted marine biologists the planet's largest mammals who are coming back there after many decades of being mercilessly hunted. 

The Seychelles are off the coast of East Africa and have historically been a stopping point for Soviet Whalers en route to Antarctica. The magnificent mammals were slaughtered to the point of extinction in the region and not a single blue whale has been seen since the Beatles Revolver was in the charts for the first time. 

Now in the first survey of whales in the region for decades they’ve found over a dozen and they’ve called it a “phenomenal finding”.

Blue Whales grow between 90-110 feet, that’s three buses long and can weigh more than 200 tonnes. 

They identified 23 different whale species over two years and now realise there’s something very special about the Seychelles which makes it a lovely place not just for human tourists but for whales too! 

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org

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An unprecedented report into how conservation works, worldwide, has been undertaken here in the U.K. and published this week. The meta analysis looked at data going back as far as 1890 to measure precisely how conservation has affected the things it was trying to conserve and they’ve found that in almost every case, there was a positive impact, and that when it worked “it really worked”. 

Even in the ultra rare cases that showed a negative impact, that was usually within a context of positivity. Case in point, when Aussie marine biologists protected an area of reef to ensure seahorses habitats were safeguarded, their numbers went down, because the biodiversity increased and with that their predators, who ate more seahorses! 

In every conservation action’s data, from pollution or invasive species control, habitat protection or rewilding, the establishment of protected areas, and the sustainable management or use of these areas going back all that time, at least 80% of conservation efforts showed a positive outcome with some incredible successes like reducing deforestation in The Congo by 74%.