Leading ethical travel agent Responsibletravel.com have put together a guide to whale-friendly tourism, outlining the ways in which people can take responsible whale watching trips that will result in supporting and protecting vulnerable whale species.
A recent US report indicates that populations of California blue whale have almost returned to their pre-whaling levels. According to researchers at the University of Washington, population levels are now 97 per cent of their historic levels.
The report also highlighted the plight of other blue whale populations across the globe. In Antarctica things are quite different for blue whales, with the population at just 1 per cent of their historic levels. This is due to international commercial whaling, and reports have found that busy international shipping routes put the whales at further risk.