How a whale named Big Mama spurred a ‘humpback comeback’ in B.C. waters – BC | Globalnews.ca

Researchers say there has been a resurgence of humpback whales off the coast of B.C. and Washington state. “They were hunted mostly for their blubber, which we use to make oil products back then and by 1910, there were zero humpback whales left in these inland waterways,” Erin Gless of the Pacific Whale Watch Association said.

“In the 1960s and 1970s is when those protective acts really went into place, there’s no more commercial hunting of humpback whales. Once that threat passed, they were able to recover, so it just goes to show you that once you do actually protect that species, they can rebound.

“It’s a great inspiration for other species that are facing similar threats.”

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