At 100 feet long, the blue whale is believed to be the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet.
So it’s absolutely horrifying that these gentle giants are being struck and killed by commercial ships off the coast of California — especially because there is a simple life-saving solution!
If the Navy opened the waters around its Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station to commercial traffic, then hundreds of cargo ships, oil tankers and cruise liners could bypass the blue whale’s feeding grounds and be much less likely to strike and kill them.
But so far, the Navy has refused.
Tell the Obama Administration to help save some of the world’s last blue whales by opening Naval waters to commercial traffic.
Fewer than 10,000 of these magnificent creatures survive today. So one death from a ship strike is one too many!
Every summer and fall, blue whales migrate to the California coast to feed on the massive blooms of krill, their favorite food.
Unfortunately, these feeding grounds have been invaded by some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, with massive tankers moving millions of tons of cargo to the busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The tragic result? Helpless blue whales are rammed by the giant ships or cut to ribbons by the huge propellers.
Even more mind-boggling, the cost of moving these shipping lanes away from the blue whale’s feeding grounds would be relatively small. The Coast Guard knows they should be moved, and the shipping industry has stated it is willing to do so.
Only the Navy stands in the way!
Tell the Obama Administration to end the carnage by opening the Navy’s waters to commercial traffic.
Let’s not wait until hundreds more blue whales have suffered and died. Thank you for make your voice heard in defense of whales.
Natural Resources Defense Council