Seismic testing for oil has been considered on the North Atlantic coast, not far from the calving grounds for these whales. This testing involves airguns that shoot loud booms into the water every 10 seconds – a sound loud enough to kill any animal in its vicinity.
North Atlantic right whales are an endangered species, still recovering from being brutally hunted to the edge of extinction in years past. Though this species has persevered, only about 400 right whales cruise the coast today. They are threatened once again.
Mother right whales only give birth to one calf every few years. It is extremely important that they have a place to safely give birth, otherwise these whales may dive back towards extinction.
Oceana, the largest non-profit organization for ocean conservation and advocacy, has stepped in to try to protect the whales, sea turtles and other sea creatures from the unnecessary disturbance the seismic testing in the Atlantic will cause. They have petitioned the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) against the seismic testing and gathered activists along the East Coast to go to influential meetings and rally protests.
Oceana is fighting hard to let the North Atlantic right whales keep their safe and quiet nursery, necessary to their survival as a species, but can’t win this battle alone. As surfers it is our obligation to help out our neighbors in the sea. To learn more about Oceana’s fight or how you can help out, go to Oceana.org
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