The loss of just three adult whales could spell extinction for the entire endangered sperm whale population in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster happened in prime sperm whale habitat. In fact, it couldn’t have really been in a worse spot, as sperm whales feed in the very canyon that millions of barrels of oil gushed into this summer. A dead juvenile sperm whale was already spotted in the area around the spill back in June. Now the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is in the Gulf to find out the true extent of the damage.
Tell Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to protect the sperm whale and the entire Gulf ecosystem by establishing marine reserves in ecologically critical areas.
I encourage you to work with conservation organizations, scientists, government officials, and other stakeholders to identify and protect critical foraging areas, spawning grounds, migratory routes, and other important areas. Closing large portions of the Gulf to fishing, drilling, and other extractive industries will help provide a buffer in the event of future spills, and will increase the resiliency of areas that have already been impacted.
More now than ever, the sperm whales, bluefin tuna, and other endangered marine life that rely on a healthy Gulf of Mexico need your attention and your leadership.