Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Blue Whale

Conservation status

Designations
  • Biodiversity Lists - Middle List: Elapsed

    Middle list of globally threatened/declining species from the 1995 Steering Group Report, for which action plans or species statements have been prepared since 1995. A subset of the Long list, and inclusive of all species on Short list. No longer in use.

  • IUCN (2001) - Endangered: Elapsed

    A taxon is Endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria A to E for Endangered (see Section V), and it is therefore considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

  • IUCN (pre 1994) - Endangered: Elapsed

    Taxa in danger of extinction and whose survival is unlikely if the causal factors continue operating. Superseded by new IUCN categories in 1994, but still applicable to lists that have not been reviewed since 1994.

  • Priority Species: Elapsed

    Species for which Action Plans have been/are being written.

  • The Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (Schedule 5): Elapsed

    Animals which are protected at all times.

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.1 (killing/injuring)): Elapsed

    Section 9.1. Animals which are protected from intentional killing or injuring.

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.1 (taking)): Elapsed

    Section 9.1 Animals which are protected from taking.

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.2): Elapsed

    Section 9.2 Animals which are protected from being possessed or controlled (live or dead).

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.4a): Elapsed

    Section 9.4 Animals which are protected from intentional damage or destruction to any structure or place used for shelter or protection.

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.4b): Elapsed

    Section 9.4 Animals which are protected from intentional disturbance while occupying a structure or place used for shelter or protection.

  • Bern Convention Appendix 2: Current

    Special protection (`appropriate and necessary legislative and administrative measures`) for the animal taxa listed, including all forms of deliberate capture and keeping and deliberate killing; the deliberate damage to or destruction of breeding or resting sites; the deliberate disturbance of wild fauna, particularly during the period of breeding, rearing and hibernation, insofar as disturbance would be significant in relation to the objectives of this Convention; the deliberate destruction or taking of eggs from the wild or keeping these eggs even if empty; the possession of and internal trade in these animals, alive or dead, including stuffed animals and any readily recognisable part or derivative thereof, where this would contribute to the effectiveness of the provisions of this article.

  • Biodiversity Lists - Middle List: Current

    Middle list of globally threatened/declining species from the 1995 Steering Group Report, for which action plans or species statements have been prepared since 1995. A subset of the Long list, and inclusive of all species on Short list. No longer in use.

  • Convention on Migratory Species, Appendix 1: Current

    Endangered migratory species in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range, and for which Range States are obliged to prohibit taking and to take protective measures to conserve. (Note that taking may be permitted in some circumstances as outlined in Article III.5.)

  • EC CITES Annex A: Current

    All CITES Appendix I species. Some CITES Appendix II and III species, for which the EU has adopted stricter domestic measures. Some non-CITES species.

  • Habitats Directive Annex 4: Current

    Animal and plant species of Community interest (i.e. endangered, vulnerable, rare or endemic in the European Community) in need of strict protection. They are protected from killing, disturbance or the destruction of them or their habitat. Note that the contents of this annex have been updated in April 2003 following the Treaty of Accession.

  • IUCN (1994) - Endangered: Current

    A taxon is Endangered when it is not Critically Endangered but is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future, as defined by any of the criteria A to E.

  • IUCN (2001) - Endangered: Current

    A taxon is Endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria A to E for Endangered (see Section V), and it is therefore considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

  • OSPAR Convention: Current

    OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic. OSPAR List of Threatened and/or Declining Species and Habitats.

  • The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2010 (Schedule 2): Current

    Schedule 2- European protected species of animals.

  • The Conservation (Nature Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) - Schedule 2: Current

    Schedule 2- European protected species of animals.

  • UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species: Current

    The UK List of Priority Species and Habitats contains 1150 species and 65 habitats that have been listed as priorities for conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.5a): Current

    Section 9.5 Animals which are protected from being sold, offered for sale or being held or transported for sale either live or dead, whole or part.

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5 Section 9.5b): Current

    Section 9.5 Animals which are protected from being published or advertised as being for sale.

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 5): Current

    Ceteaca/basking shark that are not allowed to be intentionally or recklessly disturbed.

Preferred name

  • Well-formed:
    Y
    Recommended:
    Y
    NBN ID code:
    NBNSYS0000005163

    Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common names

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