Humans Killed Nearly 3 Million Whales In The 20th Century

Posted by Mike Confino, March 18, 2015

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It’s long been known that whales were seriously endangered during the 20th century, but new research shows just how close we came to wiping them out completely.

A study published in the March 4 issue of “Marine Fisheries Review” shows that, between 1900 and 1999, a staggering 2.9 million whales were killed commercially for food, oil or bone.

“Remarkably, despite the importance of industrial whaling to several economies and more recently as a symbol of human misuse of the world’s resources, there has until now been no attempt to estimate the total catch for the 20th century,” the study, entitled “Emptying the Oceans: A Summary of Industrial Whaling Catches in the 20th Century,” says.

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