Investigate Massive Whale Die-Off

Target: Sam Rauch, Acting Assistant Administrator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

Goal: Demand immediate investigation into massive die-off of humpback whales along the Eastern Seaboard.

Humpback whales have been dying at an extraordinary rate along the east coast for over a year. An “unusual mortality event” is a familiar phenomenon to marine biologists, but the particular cause of the recent mass death in the Atlantic is still unknown. Though scientists poorly understand massive deaths of marine mammals, there is a high possibility that human activity is causing the current alarming mortality rate of humpback whales. Therefore, a thorough and comprehensive investigation should be started immediately to protect these endangered animals from any reckless human action.

Humpback whales can be as long as 60 feet, weigh as much as 40 tons, and live for around 50 years. Different population segments of humpback whales can be found in all oceans. Around the world, there are an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 humpback whales, only about a third of the original global population. The population along the Atlantic coast is around 10,000 specimens, and it is now threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Given the high vulnerability of the marine mammal population in the Atlantic, it is disturbing that 41 whales have died in the 15 months along the coast from North Carolina to Maine. Regarding comparison, data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicate that 8 humpback whales are stranded each year from Maine to Virginia on average.

So far, it is confirmed that 10 of the whales recently dead have been killed by collisions with ships. Another 10 animals have been examined, and there is no indication of death by disease. Scientists have suggested that some whales could have died because of excessive marine noise, which can disorient the animals and send them in the wrong direction, possibly toward beaches where these big mammals can get hit by vessels more easily or get stuck. Intense marine noise is often a result of military activity and offshore drilling or exploration. Sign the petition to demand the immediate investigation into whales’ massive die-off and a report addressing potential solutions to this problem.


Dear Mr. Rauch,

I express my strong concern with the recent die-off of humpback whales along the Atlantic coast and demand an immediate investigation into the cause of these deaths. Humpback whales are classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the alarming rate at which they have been dying in the past 15 months makes a thorough investigation even more urgent.

Furthermore, scientists have suggested that some whales have died as a result of intense marine noise, often caused by military activity and offshore drilling or exploration. The strong possibility of human factors playing a role in these deaths indicates that your office should present a report on how to solve this problem.


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Photo credit: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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  1. Tony DeLia says:

    What is the likelihood this will be done under the Trump administration? Here is how you might get the president to direct Mr. Rauch to proceed: Mr.Trump, not only will investigating whale die-offs grow the wealth of America’s billionaires bigly, it will boost your TV ratings a gazillionfold. Everyone will realize you can do nothing but win as you make our oceans great again. Trust us.


  3. As the son of a retired naval commander, and an occupant of this planet, I’d just wanna’ say, F*** The US NAVY!!!

  4. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

  5. We are destroying everything on the planet and are leaving things too late

  6. DAMN GODDESS – the most precious is destroyed (mother earth)
    The worst shit (human) remains – WHY

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