Whales that come to feed in Australian waters are under threat from oil and gas exploration.
Waters off the southern coast of Australia are one of the few places in the world where the majestic blue whale comes to feed each year. These waters are also home to many other whale and dolphin species, sea lions, sharks and tuna. Yet the Australian government is considering allowing these areas to be explored by oil and gas companies. The deafening noise pollution from the high-powered airguns used in seismic testing can force whales away from these critical feeding grounds.
Tell Australia's Environment Minister, Tony Burke, you want Australia to live up to its rhetoric on global whale conservation and protect these gentle giants.
Ever since Australia banned whaling in its own waters, successive Australian governments have been global champions for whale conservation. This has been exemplified in decisions by your government to take legal action against Japanese whaling at the International Court of Justice and to invest in non-lethal whale research in Antarctica, including studying the majestic blue whale, the largest animal to have ever lived on earth.
I was shocked to hear, therefore, that you are considering allowing seismic testing off Kangaroo Island, South Australia. This area is a critical feeding ground for blue whales; southern right whales migrate through here on their way to the coast; and sperm whales and rarely seen beaked whales are also found here.
Australia is privileged to have so many wonderful whale species visit these waters. Please do all in your power to protect them and say no to deafening seismic testing in this whale hotspot.
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