Target: Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Goal: Rescue endangered blue whale trapped in net and ban fishing nets near blue whale habitat.
A blue whale is currently fighting for its life in a fishing net, prompting a massive rescue effort. The endangered whale is towing about 200 feet of net and is slowly dying. Demand an immediate ban on fishing nets in the vicinity of all blue whale habitat and a full effort to rescue this innocent creature.
A 70-80 foot blue whale was spotted off the coast of California, entangled in crab lines and dragging several buoys. Rescue efforts by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have so far proven unsuccessful. While the whale can swim for long distances while entangled, it is slowly dying and must be rescued soon.
NOAA has confirmed 22 other cases of fishing line entanglement off the coast of California, Washington, and Oregon recently. In the majority of cases, rescue efforts were unsuccessful. Sign below and demand an immediate ban on fishing nets in this coastal area and a full scale effort to save this magnificent mammal.
Dear Ms. Sobeck,
An endangered blue whale is caught in a fishing net, putting it at grave risk. We demand the immediate ban of fishing net in this region until further precautions can be taken and we also request a full scale effort to save this whale now.
It is unknown how long this whale has been entangled. The crab line is wrapped around its fin, causing it great suffering. A witness reports that the whale appeared tired and was swimming slowly.
The blue whale is endangered and must be protected. We demand the immediate ban of fishing net in or around its habitat and a full and immediate effort to save this whale.
[Your Name Here]