Missing Giants

During the age of industrial whaling, humans killed more than 1.5 million great whales in the Southern Ocean — half of the global population. Even 40 years after the end of whaling, the effects of this slaughter continue to shape the productivity of the region, with cascading effects that devastate these ecosystems — and the global ocean and climate system at large. But even as we face the catastrophic impacts of climate change, we now have the knowledge and ability to act, and if we do, we can use the time we still have to create a better future for whales, the ocean, and ourselves.

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