May 25, 2021

USA: Help Save Whales From Ship Strikes

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From: Kierán Suckling, Center for Biological Diversity <>
Date: Tue, May 25, 2021, 4:31 AM
Subject: Help Save Whales From Ship Strikes
We've taken legal action to stop speeding ships from killing endangered whales.
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The bodies of a mother fin whale and her calf were found earlier this month on the hull of a destroyer off the San Diego coast.

Navy training in the Pacific harms and disrupts marine mammals millions of times every year — and its fast-moving vessels plow down endangered whales.

Business as usual is killing off whales one by one, which is why we've launched or filed four legal actions this year to protect them.

You can help us fight for whales and other wildlife with a donation to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. There are just days left to double your gift.

Ship strikes are a leading killer of endangered blue, fin and humpback whales off the Pacific coast.

Federal records document at least 26 whales killed by vessel strikes along the West Coast from 2014 through 2018. Scientists say the actual number could be 20 times greater.

And 11 dead whales have washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area since early April, with at least four — including an endangered juvenile fin whale — likely killed by vessel strikes.

It's not just fin and humpback whales off the Pacific coast, either. In 2020, two of only 10 baby whales born to critically endangered Atlantic right whales during the 2019–2020 calving season were killed or seriously injured by vessel strikes off the coasts of Florida and New Jersey.

For whales to survive, we must stop ships from speeding unnecessarily across the parts of our oceans where these majestic animals spend time.

So just days ago we launched a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Navy to work together to protect marine wildlife.

This joins other legal actions against the government for its heartbreaking failure to keep speeding ships from killing endangered whales.

It's simple: Speed limits for ships will lead to fewer whale deaths. We must give whales and other marine mammals safer passage in their essential habitat areas.

We can keep whales safe and thriving, but we need you with us.

Please make a matched gift by May 31 to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. There's truly no time to waste.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


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