Saving Ocean Giants

Saving Ocean Giants Photo
A humpback whale dives beneath the surface of Antongil Bay, its tail fin jutting into the salty sea air. It’s here, off the coast of Madagascar, that ocean behemoths gather to breed, calve, and nurse offspring. Between June and September, an estimated 7,000 whales migrate to the bay, where they live alongside thirteen species of shark.

To protect this marine mecca against threats from climate change, fishing operations, and reckless whale-watching activities, WCS worked with Madagascar to create the country’s first law overseeing whale-watching operations. WCS also trains local residents to understand and implement sustainable fishing and farming practices, and after years of decline, Antongil Bay’s fish populations appear to be stabilizing.

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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