February 13th marks World Whale Day, a date overwhalemingly dedicated to these threatened cetaceans (and this year, the marine mammals are getting support from some pretty, er, unexpected places). 

Seven of the planet's 13 great whale species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, even after decades of protection, so the event is all about raising both awareness and much-needed conservation cash. To get started on the former, you can brush up on your whale ID skills right here: