If mankind doesn’t realize it yet, it is up to us to save the endangered species and maintain the sanctity of our planet. We have to share this earth with plants and animals and this intricate and delicate system depends on each and every one of us to do our part. What is so upsetting is that creatures on both the land and sea are dying out en masse or going extinct.

The biggest threat to our ecosystem is mankind and if we don’t learn how to produce a proper balance, all will be lost. According to the IUCN, there are currently approximately 368 marine species that are either in danger of dying out or are already endangered. Here are just a few of those marine species that we should be doing everything in our power to save.

Hawksbill Turtle

Steller Sea Lion

One of the largest species of seal, the Stellar sea lion are located in the coastal waters in the North Pacific. Unfortunately, the sea lion has experienced a decrease of more than 60% because of both natural threats and human ones.

Hammerhead Shark

Found in the tropical regions of the world, hammerhead sharks have been poached and victimized for their fins. The process is one of the most horrific to see in the fishing world as fisherman catch them, drag them on board, and then cut their fins off as they are still alive, with the carcasses thrown in the water as the sharks bleed out. Although a ban has been imposed on shark finning in several countries, many ignore the bans because of the high demand for the fins in the Asian market. With little assistance to maintain their numbers, hammerhead sharks are struggling to survive.

Vaquita

Living primarily in the murky waters of the Baja Peninsula off the coast of Mexico, Vaquita is known as the smallest and most dangerous cetacean. Fisherman have heavily hunted them over the years and their numbers have been on the decline since the 40s. Current studies indicate that these creatures will be extinct very soon if these current levels continue. I would suggest investing in scuba diving packages as soon as possible in order to get a look at them first-hand before it is too late.

Blue Whale

As the largest mammal on the planet, blue whales migrate from one side of the world to the other every year, yet their numbers continue to decrease even with an international ban that was implemented in 1966.