Importance of Cetaceans
Cetaceans are clear indicators of the health of our marine ecosystems.
Cetaceans have the power to inspire millions of people to care about our oceans.
Cetaceans are charismatic emblems of the sea and provide a powerful platform to educate, for example, through whale watching.
Concern over captivity is leading to increased demand for watching cetaceans in their natural habitat, so there is a danger of the industry becoming increasingly uncontrolled.
Lots of places in the world have grown up with little regulation, so there is a huge concern of this becoming increasingly unsustainable.
Growth of whale watching needs to be sensitive to the environment, welfare of animals and the livelihoods of local communities.
Significance of WHS
WHS promote cetacean watching in a responsible manner worldwide.
WHS promote locations where cetaceans are celebrated through culture – the arts, music, science, education and events.
WHS protect marine habitats.
WHS allows sustainable development for coastal communities that depend on the sea by inspiring people to value their whale heritage.