We’ve brought this group of vulnerable marine species together to mark World Ocean Day. The focus is on habitat loss and overfishing, and the need to protect and create safe areas in which rare creatures may recover and perhaps thrive once again. There is precedent. The largest animal on the planet, the blue whale, was hurtling towards extinction at the hands of harpooners until a ban on hunting came into effect in 1966. From just a few hundred individuals at their lowest ebb, there are more than 2,000 blue whales alive today.
In pictures: Marine species on the brink
- Explainer: Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
- Critical year ahead for shipping emissions regulator
- Countries secure legally binding deal to protect the high seas
- The invisible pollution harming the ocean, and us
- Blistering barnacles! The sticky problem of biofouling
- The treaty that aims to end illegal fishing, explained