But along with Whales, their mammal cousins, dolphins may face more danger over the long term below the surface of the sea.
One volunteer said, "We're down here to save the Whales, not to make a television show."
Fifty percent of them believed they actually went to Sea World and swam with Whales.
And this in turn affects the fish, Whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and seabirds that live within the Reef.
But which mammals are their closest relatives, and when did Whales enter the seas?
When first sighted from the ship the Whales were not more than two miles distant, and moving towards her.
It passed where the Whales swim, and the Whales were afraid to gulp at the mighty horns.
Are we not satisfied with Whales and walruses, bears and seals, deer and birds?
But the Whales do not belong just to this country, so I think we will not include them.
To add to the excitement, a couple of Whales came blowing up the passage, coming within a hundred yards of the schooners.
Old English hwæl, from Proto-Germanic *khwalaz (cf. Old Saxon hwal, Old Norse hvalr, hvalfiskr, Swedish val, Middle Dutch wal, walvisc, Dutch walvis, Old High German wal, German Wal); probably cognate with Latin squalus "a kind of large sea fish." Phrase whale of a "excellent or large example" is c.1900, student slang.
A large or fat person; beached whale (1900+)
A heavy blow: She gave him a hard whale to the nose
[fr British dialect spelling of wale, ''strike, beat,'' perhaps related to Old English wœl, ''slaughter, carnage, death'']