Did oil companies just cause the deaths of more than 100 stranded whales?

We need your help to find out.

Source: action.sumofus.org

This petition will help apply pressure needed to get the problem investigated.

Great Barrier Reef ‘whale zones’ proposed to reduce deadly ship strikes

Conservationist urge boat speed limits as report reveals whales suffering propeller lacerations, blunt trauma and severed spines.

A data analysis conducted by Guardian Australia last week showed that whales are more likely to be hit by whale-watching vessels than any other type of boat.

A total of 43 whales were reported being hit in Australia between 1885 and 2010, compared with 205 in the US.

“There is a massive under-reporting of whale strikes,” said Collis. “Whale-watching boards are more likely to report because they would feel a significant bump, but a large tanker may not notice it.

“In Australia, most whale strikes are reported by scientists on examination of stranded animals which have had their insides turned to mush by being hit by a boat. We need better awareness of the issue and better reporting.”

Source: www.theguardian.com

GR:  There are wildlife speed limits at numerous locations on land and sea.  A good example is the one for North Atlantic Right Whale off the U. S. east coast (http://bit.ly/1odZ7xY).

Pipeline proponents consider explosives in ocean to scare whales from potential oil slicks (Canada)

June 29th, 2014 (Stanley Tromp). The proponents of two controversial pipelines to British Columbia’s coast say they would consider deploying underwater firecrackers, helicopters and clanging pipes, among other methods, to ensure whales don’t swim toward any disastrous oil spill that might result from increased tanker traffic carrying bitumen to Asia.

“NOAA [National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration] identified oil spills as an acute extinction threat to the southern resident killer whales,” the U.S. department says in its request for information from the pipeline project.”

“I am unaware that any whale hazing techniques have been, or will be, scientifically tested on actual whales,” Mr. Noviello said

Source: whalesandmarinefauna.wordpress.com

GR:  As Ed Sibylline says, “No pipeline, no problem!”

Japan Wants to Start Whaling Again: Here’s Why They Can Legally Do It

Care2.com:  “Japan’s Prime Minister has said that, despite a court order banning Japan’s whaling practices, the country will begin whaling again in the near future. How can Japan do this despite a court order against their whaling practices?

“In a speech made to lawmakers last Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary commission that, “I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research in order to obtain scientific data indispensable for the management of whale resources. To that end, I will step up efforts further to get understanding from the international community.”

The PM added that whaling is a part of Japan’s history and that “It it regrettable that this part of Japanese culture is not understood.” To that end, he appears ready to pursue working around a UN court order that currently bans Japan’s whaling research program.

See more on www.care2.com