Our oceans are being blasted every 10 seconds and it's killing marine life. Click here to tell Secretary of the Interior to stop deafening the whales in search of oil.
Did you know that marine mammals, like the humpback whale, rely on echolocation to find food and mates, nurture their young, navigate and communicate with other whales thousands of miles away? Or that whale songs consist of distinct sequences of groans, moans, roars, sighs and high pitched squeals that may last up to 10 minutes or longer?1
Did you also know that seismic airguns, used for oil exploration, emit one of the loudest human-made sounds in the ocean, which slam against the hearing apparatus of hundreds of thousands of sea creatures? The constant noise, firing every 10 to 12 seconds, can cause horrible effects in marine life such as hearing loss, chronic stress, mother-calf separation and all kinds of acute behavioral responses.
By banning seismic testing in and around known marine mammal habitats, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell can reduce acoustic smog and protect our wild oceans. Click here to protect marine life, stop new oil exploration and prevent another oil spill: Tell Sec. Sally Jewell to stop off-shore seismic surveys -- and tell your friends too!
Big Oil is pushing to open new sections of our coastline -- from the Atlantic to the Arctic. That means that testing could be coming soon to a lot more states -- including beaches all along the Atlantic coast, and previously un-drilled sections of California. We need to raise our voices and stop it! The expanded use of seismic airguns could devastate marine life, harming fisheries and coastal economies.3 That's why 89 East-coast municipalities, along with more than 600 federal, state and local elected officials, all publicly oppose offshore oil drilling and seismic testing.4 Click here to press the mute button on seismic testing and share with your online network through social media or email.
Thank you for everything you do,
Sally and the Save the Whales Team at Environmental Action
1. National Marine Mammal Laboratory. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. United States Department of Commerce.
2. Bryce, Emma. Will Seismic Blasts Upend Atlantic Marine Life? The New York Times. October 11, 2012.
3. Calloway Whiting, Candace. Terrifying and Destructive to Whales and Dolphins: A Glimpse Into the Reality of Seismic Exploration. The Huffington Post. September 12, 2013.
4. Ouzts, Elizabeth. Atlantic Coast leaders urge Obama to drop offshore drilling plans. Environment America. November 19, 2015.