The future is uncertain for the Gulf of Mexico whale, also known as Rice's whale. Less than 100 remain in the wild, making these beautiful marine mammals one of the most endangered whales in the world. But a simple policy change could have a huge impact on this species, and potentially save the sweet whales from extinction!
Sign now to demand NOAA implement a speed limit to protect whales!
Rice's whales spend the majority of their time within 50 feet of the surface of the ocean, a unique trait, given that many whales typically reside much deeper. But that tendency to stay close to the top of the water – and close to shores – has meant that these whales are at high risk for vessel strikes.
Multiple Rice's whales have been found washed ashore, with autopsies confirming scientists' worst fears: that the animals died from being hit by a boat or sea vessel.
By implementing a year-round, mandatory speed limit of 10-knots within the whale's core habitat south of the Florida panhandle, Rice's whales could be protected from vessel strikes and accidents, one of the single biggest threats to their species.
NOAA must act to protect these beautiful creatures before it is too late. Implement a vessel speed limit in the Rice's whale habitat! Sign the petition now if you agree!