Whale-Watching Report: Whales More Valuable Alive Than Dead
"The key is that whale watching is done in a cautious way: that the government always has the authority to ban the practice, and that the providers of the services are more committed to conservation than to their own business."
- Ricardo Orri, Argentine whale tour operator
Santiago, Chile - From origami whale campaigns to Mr. Splashy Pants, it's pretty obvious that those big, intelligent and lovable cetaceans are massively popular.
And according to a recent report focusing on the phenomenal growth of whale-watching in Latin America, watching whales (as opposed to killing them) could have a much greater economic benefit to local communities and governments worldwide.