World’s whaling slaughter tallied

The ocean update

The Grytviken whaling station on South Georgia island in the First World War. It has long been abandoned. The Grytviken whaling station on South Georgia island in the First World War. It has long been abandoned.

March 11th, 2015 (Daniel Cressey). Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.

The first global estimate of the number of whales killed by industrial harvesting last century reveals that nearly 3 million cetaceans were wiped out in what may have been the largest cull of any animal — in terms of total biomass — in human history.

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