The future of the Californian population would not look so rosy if it wasn't for the dedicated conservation efforts that included stopping catches and start monitoring, of which without, the species would be near extinct. Experts say that even if they were hunted extensively for 50 to 70 years and recover, there is no doubt they would be a sustainable, healthy population. On the other hand, populations in the Antarctic are at approximately one percent of their historic numbers therefore their future looks bleak unless drastic interference is made.
A total ban of whaling is what seems to be the most appropriate move forward to maintain the whales' current protected status so they thrive amongst all locations in the world. This includes not just Blue Whales but many other endangered whale species. However, this implication may prove unpopular with countries like Japan that continue their whaling practices inspite of international commitments and court orders.
What's to come of these populations? Will a global ban of whaling be agreed on? Will the Antarctic population be able to recover? Look out for updates of this story here and hope for a promising future for this captivating species.
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