Today’s Solutions: September 26, 2021

South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic island, was at the epicenter for whale hunting in the early 20th century. The territory’s boats with their steam-powered harpoons caused populations of the Antarctic blue whale to drop so badly that there had only been a few isolated sightings of the whale around the island in more than 50 years.

With so few sightings in the past decades, researchers couldn’t have expected to see much when they returned to the island this year. But to their surprise, the found a coastline teeming with Antarctic blues, which are known to be the biggest animals on Earth. In the span of 23 days, the research team counted 55 whales—a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended.

The sudden uptick in blue whale numbers around South Georgia tells us that not only are blue whale populations recovering, but they are “coming back to places where they were formerly extremely abundant.” Blue whales aren’t the only species of whale with an increasing population.

According to the research team, which was led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), populations of Right whales and Humpback whales are “going up very consistently every year.”

Solutions News Source Print this article
Todays Solutions

New York aims to ban the sale of all ...

We wrote recently about New York City’s plan to create an expansive electrical vehicle (EV) charging network as part of ... Read More

Richmond, VA unveils Emancipation and...

Last week we shared how a controversial Robert E. Lee statue was finally removed from Virginia’s capital. In an acknowledgment ... Read More

Spain to ban plastic wrapping on frui...

After years of campaigning from green activists to stop grocers and large supermarkets alike from wrapping fresh produce in plastic ... Read More

Popular New York clothing store now o...

Shoppers who visit the Madewell store in Brooklyn will find a surprise if they head up to the location’s second ... Read More

3 Strategies to dodge remote work bur...

The pandemic has forced many of us to adjust to working remotely, which has its benefits, but also comes with ... Read More