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Stop the Slaughter of Whales — Call for Stricter Regulations on Cruise Ships

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Call for stricter regulations to protect majestic marine creatures from deadly collisions. Sign the petition now to save our whales.

Every year, majestic whales navigate the vast oceans, playing a vital role in maintaining the health of marine ecosystems. However, these gentle giants face a deadly threat from human activities.

Recently, a 44-foot endangered sei whale was found dead on the bow of a cruise ship arriving in New York Harbor1. This tragic incident highlights the urgent need for stricter regulations to protect these incredible creatures from fatal ship strikes.

A Grim Discovery

As the MSC Meraviglia approached the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, marine authorities were alerted to the grim discovery of the whale draped across its bow1. The whale, a mature female weighing around 50,000 pounds, was in good health before the collision, with a full stomach and a decent layer of blubber2.

This tragic event is not an isolated case but part of a growing trend of vessel strikes killing endangered whales along the East Coast3.

The Plight of the Sei Whale

Sei whales, typically found in deep waters, are one of the largest whale species, growing up to 60 feet long and living up to 70 years2. These magnificent creatures have already suffered due to historical commercial whaling, which decimated their populations1. Now, they face new dangers from modern maritime traffic. Vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are among the biggest threats to their survival2.

NOAA estimates that around 6,300 sei whales inhabit waters between Florida and Nova Scotia, but precise numbers remain elusive due to their deep-water preferences2. During feeding seasons, these whales surface more frequently, making them vulnerable to collisions with large vessels3. Despite existing measures to protect marine life, the recent incident shows that more needs to be done.

Take Action

The recent death of the sei whale serves as a stark reminder that our actions have dire consequences for marine life. We must ensure a safer environment for these magnificent creatures by demanding stricter regulations on cruise ship routes and speeds.

Sign the petition now to urge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to implement these crucial measures. Together, we can create a future where whales and other marine species thrive, ensuring a healthier ocean for generations to come.

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The Petition:

To the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

We, the undersigned, urgently call on the NOAA to implement stricter regulations on cruise ship routes and speeds in areas frequented by endangered whales.

The recent tragic incident where a 44-foot sei whale was found dead on the bow of a cruise ship in New York Harbor underscores the critical need for immediate action. These majestic creatures, already endangered due to historical hunting and current environmental threats, face increasing risks from ship strikes. The sei whale's death, alongside numerous other whale fatalities caused by vessel collisions, highlights the inadequacy of current measures to protect these vulnerable marine species.

We propose the following measures to mitigate these risks:

  1. Establish Mandatory Speed Limits: Enforce reduced speed limits for all vessels in regions known to be inhabited by endangered whales.
  2. Designate Protected Marine Areas: Reroute cruise ships away from critical whale habitats to minimize the chances of collisions.
  3. Enhance Monitoring and Reporting: Implement advanced technologies such as hydrophones and infrared cameras to detect whale presence and communicate this data to nearby vessels in real-time.
  4. Mandatory Crew Training: Ensure all maritime crews undergo comprehensive training on whale conservation and collision avoidance techniques.

Implementing these regulations will significantly reduce the risk of fatal ship strikes on endangered whales. Protecting these magnificent creatures is not only a moral imperative but also vital for maintaining the health of our marine ecosystems.

By taking these actions, NOAA will lead the way in ensuring a safer environment for marine life and fostering a sustainable coexistence between human activities and the natural world. Together, we can create a future where endangered whales and other marine species thrive, benefiting both nature and humanity.


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