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Asha de Vos

Marine Biologist, The University of California Santa Cruz

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Why do you care about blue whales?

As a blue whale researcher, I know why I care about the state blue whales are in today. I spend hours on the water with them and have the privilege of asking and exploring numerous questions. At the same time, i cannot stop marvelling at their immense size, agility, speed and awe-inspiring grace. I know why I care but right now, I just want to know why you care. Looking forward to hearing from lots of you!

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    Nov 16 2012: Because they are endangered species because of humanity's excesses. The same way rhinos are hunted for their horns and waters are polluted due for oil spillage.
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      Nov 16 2012: Thanks Feyisayo for responding! Ok, but there are lots of endangered species out there -- why is it that we don't necessarily care about them the same way we care about a blue whale? Is it because they are so elusive?
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        Nov 17 2012: It is because most people have the impression that the oceans are a 'far' and 'distance' place (like mars or the other planets) ; few people study oceanography, and some do visit the oceanarium occassionally, but most people dont know that there are numerous organisms that make the ocean a home and it does have its peculiar food chain. It would seem as if oil spillage, whaling and dumping of toxic waste is not such a 'serious' issue.
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          Nov 29 2012: I tend to agree that there is a level of fascination with the unknown mixed in with the fact that they are so big that perhaps piques our interest. Does that mean however, that the more we learn about these elusive creatures, the less people will be interested in them? will they lose their magic?
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        Nov 17 2012: It is because most people have the impression that the oceans are a 'far' and 'distance' place (like mars or the other planets) ; few people study oceanography, and some do visit the oceanarium occassionally, but most people dont know that there are numerous organisms that make the ocean a home and it does have its peculiar food chain. It would seem as if oil spillage, whaling and dumping of toxic waste is not such a 'serious' issue.

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