The Green Divas recently spoke with Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales. He opened our eyes to the war being waged under the sea, and what we can do to help.
Listen to the full Green Divas Radio Show interview with Joshua, here, then read on for more about whales and how you can help them:
Living in coastal New England has its perks—Cape Cod day trips, fishing your own lobster, the Green Monstah, and Whale Watch Cruises! Large numbers of people pile onto a boat and set off, hoping for a glimpse of a whale tail (and not this kind) or a majestic whale breaching.
There are about 86 species of whales, but the most common sightings in New England include Humpback, Finback, Minke, and the occasional Right Whale. On the West Coast, watchers can expect to see Gray Whales, Humpback, Minke, Finback, Blue, and in some areas, Orcas!
Whales are mammals, meaning that they give birth to live young, nurse them, and are warm-blooded, just like us! Their intelligence even measures comparable to humans.
They play an important part in our marine eco-system, and there’s no doubt that these creatures should be treasured and respected. Unfortunately, industrial activity, military exercises, oil explorations, and marine vessel traffic are increasing underwater noise pollution to dangerous levels.
It’s time to end the cruel slaughter of whales and leave these magnificent creatures alone.
Watch this animation about ocean noise pollution from SilentOceans.org.
Pierce Brosnan narrates this short NRDC‘s video about the dangers naval sonar poses to whales.
Take action for the whales!
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