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Today is #WhaleWednesday and the goal of the day is to raise awareness about the plight of endangered gray whales that are being killed due to entanglement in fishing nets intended for swordfish that are illegal everywhere else except off the coast of California. At least 121 gray whales died off the West Coast this past summer and that was the second-worst year on record for gray whale deaths.
“Many were emaciated and appeared to be starving.”
“Gray whales were hunted almost to extinction in the late 1800s. The 121 that died this year could represent as much as 10% of the species’ total population.”
“Only once before – in 2000 – have scientists seen a larger number of these marine mammals die during their long migration. That year, 131 of the whales washed up on shores from California to Alaska.”
What You Can Do: Sign this petition to outlaw the nets that kill marine wildlife. And donate here to help raise the $1 million needed. Or buy Gray Whale Gin – the company will donate 1% of all sales to the GoFundMe campaign to raise the money to match the state of California.
We just love a tsunami with a happy ending! The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on St. Simons Island had been rehabilitating Tsunami, an endangered green sea turtle that was hit by a boat in 2017, for years with the hope of setting her free in the ocean. But her injuries were too severe to survive […]
By Will Gartshore, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s an old aphorism that still rings painfully true today. Long before Covid-19, the three deadliest pandemics in human history—the bubonic plague, Spanish influenza and HIV/AIDS—claimed more lives than all the […]
We know the permafrost in the Arctic is melting fast, but a new study finds that one of the reasons for its rapid decline may be that beavers are actually damming it up — literally. CNN reports that using satellite images scientists have observed that beavers are building dams way farther north than previously observed. […]
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