Scientists sign open letter urging action to protect whales, dolphins

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Over 350 scientists from more than 40 countries, including the UK, US, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa have signed a letter calling for global action to protect dolphins, whales, and porpoises from extinction.

Conservationists say more than 50% of all species are of conservation concern, with two on the “knife-edge” of extinction, BBC reported.

Many will be declared extinct within our lifetimes if no action is taken over polluted seas, the letter reads.

“Let this be a historic moment when realising that whales are in danger sparks a powerful wave of action from everyone: regulators, scientists, politicians and the public to save our oceans,” said Mark Simmonds, the visiting research fellow at the University of Bristol.