Most parts of our world are water and of course its the home to a huge number of marine animals. Though awareness is given to humans about protecting them there are marine animals who are on the endangered list of IUCN. we can take steps to protect them from getting endangered. All we have to do is protect the oceans and eventually the animals will be protected.

When we know about them it’s easy to help them, so here are a few such endangered marine animals who are in need of our help

More info & Photo courtesy: IUCN

#1 Yangtze Finless Porpoise.

Photo: Institute of Hydrobiology. Chinese Academy of Sciences

They are from the Yangtze River, China. And there is only about 1,000-1,400 Porpoise left. The government of the country is working to protect them along with IUNC and WWF. They are the only Porpoise in fresh weather and their habitat is the western Yangtze River. In order to help then you can give your support to the World Wildlife Foundation, in order to have a good food supply for them and for migrations they are reconnecting the floodplain lakes along the river.

#2 Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle.

Photo: Prentiss via Shutterstock

Mainly from the Gulf of Mexico, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles are the world’s smallest sea turtles. They also can be found along the Atlantic coast. After a video of 42,000 females nesting on the same day had been shown in 1947, a big decline of the turtles had happened. As they feed on animals like crabs, jellyfish, and mollusks they live in shallow waters. There are only about 7,000-9,000 nestings females left, and though the nesting beaches in Rancho Nuevo are given protection from 1966 other protective methods are done their population hasn’t increased. To help you gave give donations to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

#3 Hawaiian Monk Seal.

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They are one of the most endangered marine animals and they live in the northwestern islands of Hawaii which are uninhabited. Due to the increase of humans in the area, they are getting threatened. And only about 1,400 of them are left. To be good people to them try reading the guidelines provide by NOAA.

#4 North Atlantic Right Whale.

Photo: Steve Meese via Shutterstock

Though whaling protection had been from the 1930s, due to commercial whale hunting their population had decreased. And it was said in 1935 that the species had decreased to 100, although hunting them had been banned in 1937 they still struggle. In recent times what threats then are the collisions with boats and also they get entangled to fishing equipment which is fixed. They live in the Western North Atlantic Ocean and there are about 300 to 350 of them left. If you are willing to help them then give your support to WDC, an organization that aims to conserve whales and dolphins.

#5 Galapagos Penguin.

Photo: putneymark [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
These penguins live in the Galapagos Islands and are the only penguins that live north of the equator. In the 1980s their population had dressed by 70%. Although they have made a bit of recovery, the El Niño Southern Oscillation has now become the biggest threat they have. Since it affects the temperature in the sea the penguins suffer from a shortage of food. As well as it has impacts on their breeding season and their life cycle. For now, there are only about 2,000 of them left.  The  Galápagos Conservancy works in order to save its population.

#6 Giant Devil Ray.

Photo: Filip Kubala via Shutterstock

They are one of the largest rays as they are about 17ft big. Since 2006 they are on the endangered list of the IUCN. they live in the Mediterranean and in the Eastern Atlantic. And there are about 1,600 of them left in the marine. Also, they have a low birth rate. Only one egg can be developed in a female ray and it takes about 2 years(24 months) to hatch. You can give support to the IUCN in order to help them.

#7 Ganges River Dolphin.

Photo: Zahangir Alom / Marine Mammal Commission / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
These dolphins are blind and they find prey by emitting ultrasonic sounds. They are one of the two subspecies of the South Asian river dolphin. Their population is also decreased as they live in areas where there’s a high population. They live in the Ganga and Brahmaputra river systems, and about 1,800 of them are left now. Can donate to the  WWF India to help them get protected.

#8 Blue Whale

Photo: Stock Photos from Chase Dekker/Shutterstock

These marine animals are very important in maintaining the food chain, but as to climatic changes,  their prey, krill has been impacted. They live in Southern Chile, the Coral Triangle, and the Gulf of Carolina.  As said there are about a few numbers than 25,000 of them left in the marine. Can help the WWF to protect them.

#9 Galapagos Sea Lion

Photo: Stock Photos from Longjourneys/Shutterstock

They are very common in the Galapagos Islands and they live in colonies. But due to the changes in the climate the fish that they had become less. And also they get caught in fisheries. Anyhow there are only about 20,000-50,000 of them left. Can help them by supporting the  WWF’s Action Center.

#10 Bluefin Tuna.

Photo: Stock Photos from Alexius Sutandio/Shutterstock

They are the largest Tuna’s and are very fast. Anyhow their population had decreased as they are used for Sushi and Sashimi in Asia. they live in the Coral Triangle and their population has become very less.

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