Cetaceans play an important role in maintaining ecosystem health and fisheries. They usually prey mainly on old and ill fish, which means they fight infectious diseases among fish populations and ensure the reproduction of fisheries resources.
It has been proved in many studies that the elimination of top predators in marine systems has negative, cascading effects for the entire ecosystem.
English Name,Scientific Name
Blue Whale,Balaenoptera musculus
Bryde,s Whale, Balaenoptera edeni
Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae
Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus
Cuvier Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris
Killer Whale, Orcinus orca
Indopacific Humpback dolphin, Sousa chinensis
Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops sp
Spinner Dolphin, Stenella longirostris
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Stenella attenuata
Long Beaked Common Dolphin, Delphinus capensis tropicalis
Risso,s Dolphin, Grumpus griseus
Finless Porpoise,Neophocaena phocaenoides
The cetaceans are as small as finless porpoise( 1.9 meter) and as big as blue whale ( 27 meter)
Coastal and offshore pelagic water
Cetaceans play an important role in balancing aquatic ecosystem, but at the same time face environmental threats which include by-catch, pollution, habitat degradation, climate change and ship/vessels strikes.
What is WWF-Pakistan doing?WWF-Pakistan aims to protect endangered cetaceans and conserve hotspot areas of Pakistani waters.
What you can do to help?
1. Create awareness for protection and conservation of cetaceans
2. Involve community members and CBOs in conservation initiatives
3. Restoration of cetaceans habitats and engage media to highlight cetacean issues