There are so many wonderful and amazing cetaceans in our world. Click on the posts below to learn more about specific cetaceans forced to live in captivity (like Tokitae, Hugo, etc.), the species that live wild and free, and the many issues cetaceans are facing.
Whales of the World Poster, the order of Cetacea, illustrated by Uko Gorter
This illustrated poster depicts 90 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises (Cetacea), as well as a few subspecies and forms. All cetaceans are drawn to scale at average adult lengths. Unless indicated, preference was given to show males, particularly in the toothed whales. The baleen whales (mysticetes) face right and the toothed whales (odontocetes) face left. Click the button below to check out the poster and support the artist!
List of cetaceans via Wikipedia
Cetacea is an infraorder comprised of 94 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. It is divided into toothed whales (Odontoceti) and baleen whales (Mysticeti), which diverged from each other in the Eocene era some 50 million years ago (mya). Whale populations were drastically reduced in the 20th century from intensive whaling (mass slaughter of whales). All cetaceans are at risk of being caught as bycatch; accidentally getting caught by fishing vessels using seine fishing, drift netting, or gill netting operations. Additional issues cetaceans face: plastic pollution, ghost nets, shark nets (located in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia), whaling (whale slaughter currently occurring in Japan and Iceland), etc. Click the button below to read the full Wikipedia page.
“For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” - Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod