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The harbor porpoise, with a body length of up to 1.9 meters, is a smaller whale species that can also be spotted in local waters. They like to stay near the coast and with a little luck you can observe them from the shore. (Like for example off Sylt, Fehmarn or Wilhelmshaven).
In the Baltic Sea, this whale is threatened with extinction, it is estimated that the population is less than 500 specimens.
The orca is also known as the killer whale and is also called "killer whale" quite unjustly.
It grows to over 9 meters long, is highly intelligent, lives in large family groups and is a master of communication.
As the largest member of the dolphin family, the orca's high learning ability has made it a popular 'commodity' for aquariums and water amusement parks since the 1960s. The worldwide population is estimated at 50,000 specimens.
In 2017, Norwegian researchers came across around thirty plastic bags in the belly of a Cuvier's beaked whale.
No wonder, because this beaked whale, with its body length of up to 7 meters, performs long, deep dives and goes there to hunt for squid.
Since the whale has no teeth, it slurps and sucks the fish into its beak, which in turn carries the high risk of ingesting plastic bags and parts that float freely in the water. The same applies, of course, to microplastics.
The humpback whale makes the longest feeding and mating migrations through the oceans.
Growing up to 19 meters long, they are best known for their beautiful songs underwater.
In some areas, such as the North Atlantic, the humpback whale population is thought to be recovering; in other waters, such as the Pacific Northwest, there is not yet a hopeful prognosis. The humpback whale is thought to ingest about 200,000 to 4 million parts of microplastics per day, according to a US research .
The sperm whale is the deep diver among the whales as "Moby Dick".
It grows up to 18 meters long and can dive up to 3,000 meters deep despite its somewhat sluggish body shape.
And it is precisely this that is his undoing in terms of plastic waste.
In 2016, large amounts of plastic waste were found in the stomachs of four out of 13 stranded sperm whales, In late 2018, about six kilograms of plastic, including 25 bags, 115 cups and more than 1,000 other plastic pieces, were discovered in a sperm whale that washed up in Indonesia. In 2019, a pregnant sperm whale stranded in Italy with 22 kilograms of plastic in its stomach. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has banned the hunting of sperm whales since 1981, and estimates of the global population vary from 300,000 to one million.
The fin whale, like the blue whale, is a baleen whale that feeds on krill.
It grows to over 25 meters in length and its population has been severely depleted by whaling and is now considered endangered.
In Iceland, however, the fin whale continues to be hunted industrially. As a baleen whale, the animal also absorbs large amounts of microplastics by filtering the water and via krill as food.
The blue whale is the largest animal on our planet, measuring up to 33 meters in length. It feeds on krill, which it filters from the water.
Its population is threatened. From an original population of about 350,000 blue whales, the population is currently estimated to be between 10,000 and 25,000 individuals.
U.S. researchers have found that blue whales ingest up to 10 million pieces of microplastics each day through their prey, krill, and ingested water.
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We all want clean oceans as a habitat for animals and plants and as a source of food for us and for the next generations. Our ever-increasing plastic consumption, our 'to-go' and disposable throwaway habits, as well as a lack of waste management in most countries of our planet, has led to a flood of plastic that is threatening our oceans and and with it also us humans massively threatened. But we at Bye Bye Plastic believe, that together we can make the oceans plastic-free again and that the solution lies in the actions of each individual
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On research trips, the founder of Bye Bye Plastik, Steffi Schroeter, has impressively experienced the urgency of ocean and whale protection and started this project in 2018 to concretely contribute to plastic reduction and whale protection.
The whale as a symbolic figure on our logo makes the problem of the plastic flood and the impact on the future of our planet and us humans more tangible and palpable.
The whale is one of the oldest climate protectors.
For over 40 million years, a wide variety of whale species have populated the oceans. And since then, whales have played a crucial role in the ecosystem and our climate. Researchers estimate that before the start of worldwide commercial whale hunting, the contribution of whales to global carbon depletion was comparable to the forest ecosystems of entire continents.
The whale has the ability to bind Co2, a large whale up to 33 tons in the course of its life. At the same time, many whales act as nutrient pumps, because on their long journeys from tropical to arctic waters, the animals 'fertilize' the oceans with their feces and stimulate the growth of phytoplankton, which in turn is responsible for the production of 70 to 80% of the oxygen in the atmosphere.
Whales are threatened by plastic. U.S. researchers recently found that baleen whales, like the blue whale and humpback, ingest up to 10 million pieces of microplastic every day.
What the impact will be on marine mammals is yet to be proven, but that microplastics threaten all living things on the planet, including us humans, we all suspect.
Save the oceans so we save the whales. Let's save the whales, so we save ourselves!