When you think “ocean life,” you may picture the iconic blue whale, frolicking dolphins, or even majestic sea turtles gliding through the water. North Atlantic right whales don’t get a lot of notice — probably because there are so few of them. They’re one of the most endangered large whales in the world.
These critically endangered whales live right off our shores in the Atlantic Ocean, with habitats stretching from Florida, along the Southeast U.S. coast, up through the Gulf of Maine — exactly where fossil fuel corporations are intent on drilling for oil.
What's worse, before drilling comes the seismic airgun blasting used to find oil deposits beneath the ocean floor. These ear-splitting blasts are so loud they can be heard from 2,500 miles away, and by government estimates, could deafen or kill up to 138,000 dolphins, whales, and other marine life — including nine critically endangered right whales.
For the North Atlantic right whale, this could mean extinction.
Scientific experts on the North Atlantic right whale warn that seismic blasting may be a “tipping point” toward extinction for one of the most endangered species on the planet.1 In response, we’re sending the historic Arctic Sunrise down the Atlantic Coast on a tour of the right whales’ habitat, and amplifying the voices of coastal communities speaking out against fossil fuel corporations’ use of seismic airgun blasting in oil exploration.
-Sarah Rasmussen, Greenpeace USA
Please sign our petition today — our oceans are depending on us.