Just as we were celebrating the birth of the fourth North Atlantic right whale calf seen this season, that calf has been struck by a vessel. The gruesome injuries are consistent with the propeller of a vessel and the cuts are so severe that experts believe it could have trouble feeding. The calf – seen below with its mother – is currently in critical condition.
This is a devastating tragedy for a species already on the razor’s edge of extinction. We’ve seen time and time again as ships collide with North Atlantic right whales, blunt force trauma and cuts from propellers can lead to excruciating deaths.
That’s why Oceana is calling on governments in the U.S. and Canada to take immediate action to stop the killing and save these whales from extinction. But, we can’t win this fight for whales without YOU. If you won’t speak up for North Atlantic right whales, who will?
Tell the U.S. and Canadian governments to take immediate action to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction and prevent another tragedy like this one >>
Highly endangered North Atlantic right whales are on the verge of extinction. In the past three years, 30 North Atlantic right whales have died in U.S. and Canadian waters – that’s nearly 7% of their population. Only around 400 remain. If we continue losing whales at this rate, extinction is inevitable.
Oceana is calling on the U.S. and Canadian governments to take immediate actions to save these whales from ship strikes and other stressors, including:
- Require ships to slow down where North Atlantic right whales are known to frequent.
- Reduce the amount of vertical lines from fishing gear in U.S. and Canadian Atlantic waters.
- Modify fishing gear and practices to reduce the likelihood and severity of entanglements.
Their survival depends on all of us standing together and making our voices heard. We can’t make a difference for these whales without you with us.
Please, North Atlantic right whales can’t wait – Tell the U.S. and Canadian governments to take immediate action to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction >>
We can’t afford to lose another whale, much less a precious newborn. If we don’t act fast, we could see a large whale species go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in centuries.
For the oceans,
P.S. Please forward my email to your friends and family who may also want to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction.