worldofwhales: “The blue whale is the largest …

worldofwhales:

“The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed. During the 20th century, the species was almost exterminated due to commercial whaling. The species has slowly recovered following the global whaling ban but it remains endangered and faces a number of serious threats including ship strikes and the impact of climate change.” – WWF endangered species profiles

picture: Antarctic blue whale by Paul Ensor /via Oregon State University/ cc