World Whale Day
World Whale Day is celebrated on 17th February of every year. World Whale Day is dedicated to honor and raise awareness to protect humpback whales and their ocean habitat. The humpback whales are larger species which ranges in length from 12–16 m and weigh about 36,000 kg. These humpbacks can be identified by distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. Males produce a complex song lasting for about 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time, maybe to convey the notion to mate. Humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year. Humpback was once hunted to the point of extinction; now the population has recovered slowly. Humpback is usually hunted; collide with ships and die from noise pollution.
“Size isn’t everything. The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.” – William E Bill Vaughan
History of World Whale Day
World Whale Day was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honor humpback whales, which swim off its coast while migrating in winter. It’s the leading showcase of the Maui Whale Festival. Founder of this day is not found. World Whale Day observations are presented by Pacific Whale Foundation, every year which will feature a parade, live music, and other festivities. It is celebrated to remind people that whales need our support to face challenges like pollution and habitat loss.
Other Celebrations on February 17
February 17 is also celebrated as
How to celebrate World Whale Day
Every year, crowds flock to the Maui island to join in the free all-day event, organized by the Pacific Whale Foundation. Celebrations commence with a parade including floats, costumed characters, and children’s activities, plus music from Hawaiian and international stars. World Whale Day can be celebrated by discussing protecting the whales and the ocean. You can also dedicate this day to learn more about these majestic creatures of the sea and spread awareness about the falling count of them. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media by using the hashtag #WorldWhaleDay.