Echoes of oceans past can help us save the seas

Having an idea of how incredibly teeming the seas were with marine life in the past helps us better understand how dangerously depleted they are now.

A humpback whale at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. PHOTO: AFP
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Not that long ago, the world's oceans were viewed as too gargantuan for humans to influence.

This view was voiced most notably in 1883 by the English biologist Thomas Huxley, who in his inaugural address to the International Fisheries Exhibition in London asserted that "all the great sea fisheries are inexhaustible".

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