Sunday 26 April 2020

Bowhead Whale (Canada, 1979)

This bowhead whale was part of a series on endangered species (a common theme for stamps, it turns out). The bowhead whale lives in and around the Arctic, grows to 50-60 feet long and 75-100 tons huge. They are also thought to be the longest living animals on the planet, with a life span around 200 years.

The reassuring news is that there are now around 10,000 bowhead whales and WWF shows them as “least concern” in their classification of endangered species. That said, their lives are governed by the movement of Arctic ice and melts could affect the territory they use and their ability to feed.

Handsome too.

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/bowhead-whale

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