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My Gratitude List: Whales, Dolphins, and YOU

My Gratitude List: Whales, Dolphins, and YOU

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A Sliver of Hope from a Sad Start to Right Whale Calving Season

A Sliver of Hope from a Sad Start to Right Whale Calving Season

From there, our office anxiously waits every day as reports come from the latest aerial...
Big win for orcas –  the Klamath River dams are coming down

Big win for orcas – the Klamath River dams are coming down

This is a vital step to restoring abundant salmon in the river and boosting the...
Ending whale and dolphin captivity in the US – how our fight continues

Ending whale and dolphin captivity in the US – how our fight continues

Canada banned whale and dolphin captivity last year, leaving two facilities holding captive individuals: Vancouver...
From Whaling to Whale Watching

From Whaling to Whale Watching

One topic I find myself always coming back to is how our view of whales...
Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President, I am writing to you on behalf of the marine mammals who...
Did I see my last right whale? Not yet.

Did I see my last right whale? Not yet.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, I haven’t seen a right whale this...
How many right whales are left?

How many right whales are left?

This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the population estimate (aka...

We were SO close.

Feeding North Atlantic right whale
North Atlantic right whale fluking
North Atlantic right whale

We were so close.

Because of the past couple of years, June makes me incredibly nervous.

In June of 2019, I heard the news of two right whale deaths in one day, only to find out about another soon after. June seems to be prime time for right whales to be accidentally killed by passing ships or through accidental entanglements in fishing gear as, of the 31 right whales who were killed since 2017, almost half were found in the month of June. As the days ticked away this month, I was cautiously optimistic.

We were so close.

Just five more days, just 120 more hours and we would close out June without a dead right whale. Tragically, it looks like that ship sailed, and it probably hit and killed a right whale as it did.

I am devastated to say that this morning, a dead right whale was located in the waters off of  New Jersey.

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Georgia DNR - NOAA permit 18786-04
Georgia DNR - NOAA permit 18786-04

Two possible dead right whales from vessel strikes this year? NMFS says that even one death each year will jeopardize the recovery of the entire species. Yet, as the Agency labors through efforts to address entanglements, it has done nothing to further reduce ship strikes. Addressing one threat without the other, is like removing the crocodile from your salt water pool, but letting the shark stay. Right whales deserve better.

As we learn more details, we will be sure to keep you updated.

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