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Whale Conservation

 I think one thing I would be interested in learning more about is how the whale conservation movement began. A lot of animals are intelligent and have special relationships with humans, so I wonder why whales in particular have such a strong conservation movement. I guess the conservation movement may have arisen out of whaling and the uniqueness of whales, but I wonder if there is something else? We talked about how groups of people like Eskimos and the Japanese who hunted whales historically also highly respected them. Maybe there is something special about whales that makes many cultures intrinsically show respect for them. 


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