Earth Day 2014: Whales at the White House

"Mz. Blue," a Life-Sized 90-Foot Inflatable Blue Whale, in Washington, DC's Freedom Plaza in 2013

“Mz. Blue,” a Life-Sized 90-Foot Inflatable Blue Whale, in Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza in 2013

Join Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Founder, Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, along with Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor” (president of Ocean Doctor and Board Member of the Great Whale Conservancy), with Michael Fishbach and Dr. Gershon Cohen, Co-Directors of the Great Whale Conservancy, for a unique Earth Day event on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 (Earth Day) at 2pm ET on the Ellipse below the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

Special Guest of Honor: Mz Blue, Great Whale Conservancy’s life-size 90-foot blue whale inflatable (see photo to right)!

Purpose:  To ask President Obama to direct the Navy to remove its objection to the use of an alternate shipping lane in California waters to reduce the killing of blue whales from ship strikes. 

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Earth Day Speakers
Sylvia A. Earle

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Founder, Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance; National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

Gershon Cohen, Co-Director, Great Whale Conservancy

Dr. Gershon Cohen, Co-Director, Great Whale Conservancy

Michael Fishbach

Michael Fishbach, Co-Director, Great Whale Conservancy

David E. Guggenheim

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, President, Ocean Doctor; Board Member, Great Whale Conservancy

Background: The officially sanctioned commercial shipping transit lane along the Southern California coast cuts through critical blue whale feeding habitat.  “Ship strikes” – collisions between the whales and the ships result in many whale deaths.

Blue whales may be the largest animal to ever live on Earth, and they are remarkably intelligent and agile, but they are dwarfed by these ships which are usually unaware a strike has even occurred. No one knows why the blue whales are often unable to avoid the ships, it might be due to the noise from multiple vessels or because they are so focused on feeding – blue whales must consume tons of krill every day to survive.
There is an alternate shipping route, supported by the Coast Guard, which if used during the four critical months of July-October could reduce the number of ship strikes on blue whales by 80-90%.  Members of the industry have stated their willingness to consider using an alternate shipping lane if the Navy’s objection is dropped.
Great Whale Conservancy will be submitting a letter to the White House regarding this matter signed by NGO’s working around the world to protect whales, along with ~120,000 signatures from an on-line petition.  

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Download the Press Release:
Great Whale Conservancy: Earth Day 2014 (4/18/2014)
Great Whale Conservancy: Earth Day 2014 (4/18/2014)
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Aquarius — World’s Last Undersea Lab — Loses Funding, Faces Decommisioning

Aquarius Reef Base

Aquarius Reef Base (Photo: NOAA)

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Dr. Sylvia A. Earle at the helm of the Deep Rover submersible (Photo: David E. Guggenheim)

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle at the helm of the Deep Rover submersible (Photo: David E. Guggenheim)

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The ECOLOGY Global Network’s mission is to use the modern tools of information and communication to inform, educate and inspire the global community to respect, restore and protect our natural and human world, and to encourage all people to become stewards of the environment in which we live.

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