Beached New Jersey humpback: What are we doing to protect whales?

"We can make recommendations for what we think will help these whales," Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, told The Christian Science Monitor’s Noelle Swan in 2014. "But this is as much about political process as it is about biological process."

That said, whale conservation actually has come a long way in terms of policy. Humans have hunted whales for some 5,000 years, but the advent of factory ships made whaling a competitive industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. By the 1930s, overexploitation was so rampant that the League of Nations considered sanctions against the practice. Those measures, which took years to pass, were largely ignored. Read more...