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Blue whales UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • Blue whales make comeback near the Seychelles after 60 years

  • In the waters of the northern Indian Ocean, whalers illegally killed more than 1,200 blue whales, including 500 near the Seychelles, between 1963 and 1966

Blue whales 

  • At 24-30 metres in length, these are the largest creatures on Earth

  • Whales are at the top of the food chain and have an important role in the overall health of the marine environment.

  • They are found in all oceans except the Arctic Ocean

  • They generally migrate seasonally between summer feeding grounds and winter breeding grounds, but some evidence suggests that individuals in certain areas might not migrate at all.

  • Conservation Status:

    • IUCN red list: Endangered

    • CITES: Appendix I 

Seychelles

  • Seychelles is an island country and archipelagic state consisting of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. 

  • Its capital and largest city, Victoria

  • Nearby island countries and territories include the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, and the French overseas departments of Mayotte and Réunion to the south; and Maldives and the Chagos Archipelago (administered by the United Kingdom as the British Indian Ocean Territory) to the east. 

  • Seychelles is the smallest country in Africa as well as the least populated sovereign African country

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