That's right. Far too many. And we live in the wrong places.
From what I understand there are hundreds of thousands of whales and they eat other organisms in unimaginably vast quantities. The number being taken by the Japanese and the Norwegians is insignificant.
I saw a film of a few whales which got into a formation to create a wave which washed a seal off an ice floe, on which it had taken refuge, which they then munched up. That's bullying.
It follows that the issue is one of animal rights in which case the 50 million turkeys gobbled up on Thanksgiving have just as much going for them as the whales do. Hence, if you eat meat at all, you have no case for protecting a few whales except on behalf of some sentimental affectation possible derived from a National Geographic promo with whooshie musical dubbings and a voice in compassion overload.
It seems that the warming of the oceans has decimated some species of whales so if you contribute to that warming you are partially responsible for that decline which is of a far greater magnitude than the hunters could ever bring about.
The vegan hermit might be on firm ground arguing for the protection of whales but none of us are.
You are using whales to get attention.