Why are arctic whales threatened?
- The distribution and populations of prey will change
- Whale habitat will be increasingly open to industrial development
- Their migratory patterns, which are influenced by the extent of sea ice, will be altered.
- Seismic surveys used in oil and gas exploration can damage whales' hearing.
- Hydrocarbons, including crude oil, can be released intentionally by oil tankers after offloading, or unintentionally through accidental discharges and oil spills. Fuel oil can also be released into the environment from leaking vessels and shipping accidents.
What WWF is doing for Arctic whales
- Working to reduce the major threats to whales. WWF's long term vision for whales is for all populations of whales to have recovered to viable numbers and to be thriving throughout the oceans.
What you can do
Sustainable whale watchingIt's not just good fun; whale watching is good for conservation too.
WWF encourages carefully controlled whale watching because we believe it can promote conservation.
- In the Andenes and Tysfjord areas of northern Norway, where sperm whales and orcas are commonly seen, WWF has helped develop whale watching.
- In Iceland, WWF has provided funding for The Whale Museum, an interactive museum devoted to whales and the history of whaling in Husavik.
When and where to see whales
|Canada||June-August||Bowhead, narwhal, beluga, fin, minke, killer, gray, humpback, pilot, Dall's porpoise, Northern Right Pacific white-sided dolphin, Atlantic white-sided dolphin, white beaked dolphin, harbour porpoise. Occasionally blue|
|Greenland||July-September||Fin, killer, minke, humpback, beluga, narwhal, harbour porpoises|
|Iceland||May-September||Minke, humpback, fin, blue, orca, Atlantic white sided dolphin, Atlantic white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises Occasionally: sei, fin, sperm, pilot|
|Norway||May-January||Sperm, minke, fin, killer, pilot, occasionally humpback until Autumn. Orcas in Tysfjord in Fall and Winter.|
|Alaska (US)||June-August||Fin, humpback, killer, grey, minke|