World Marine Mammal Day or World Whale Day is celebrated in many countries on February 19th.
This ecological date is considered the day of protection not only for whales, but also for all marine mammals and various other living creatures that live in the seas and oceans of our planet. This Day was established in 1986 when the moratorium on whaling introduced by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) came into force.
This moratorium is still in effect today and means that all over the world whale hunting, as well as the trade in whale meat, is prohibited. Currently, whaling is allowed solely to meet the needs of the indigenous population (the so-called aboriginal) and the removal of whales for scientific purposes with special permits from IWC member governments.