This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the lesser known, second-largest animal in the world - the fin whale.
Many people know that the answer to “What’s the world’s largest animal?” is a blue whale. However, this Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the second-largest animal in the world—the fin whale. These slim, streamlined whales are lesser known but equally amazing.
Habitat: all of the world’s oceans
Fin whale trivia
Why they’re threatened and what you can do to help
Currently, fin whales are classified as endangered, and only 50,000 to 90,000 exist.
Historically, whaling has been a massive threat to fin whales. According to the World Wildlife Fund, a staggering 750,000 fin whales were hunted and killed between 1904 and 1979—and that’s only in the southern hemisphere. However, there are numerous current threats that add to the fin whale’s troubles, including collisions with boats, entanglement in marine debris such as fishing gear, overfishing (which reduces the amount of prey), destruction of habitat, and noise disruption from human activity, such as boats.