Seismic Airgun Testing: Overview

9 Feb
Humpback Whale Spouts as seen from Morro Strand State Beach, Morrow Bay, California by Mike Baird

Humpback Whale Spouts as seen from Morro Strand State Beach, Morrow Bay, California by Mike Baird

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Everywhere we look, our oceans and land are under attack by big oil companies that want to drill or explore. Their proposed method using airguns are not healthy for the oceans nor for the marine mammals that live there. The seismic airgun testing on the Atlantic was defeated but unfortunately the Pacific is still under consideration. We can’t let them do this on the west coast! Big oil’s business interests should not be considered more important than destruction of habitat!

“Seismic airguns are used to find oil and gas deep underneath the ocean floor. Airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine life, harm commercial fisheries, and disrupt coastal economies. These dynamite-like blasts—which are repeated every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time—are 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine. Seismic airgun testing currently being proposed in the Atlantic will injure 138,500 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates.”

Read the rest of the story at: Oceana: Seismic Airgun Testing: Overview

Take action and send your comments on Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals  to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) BEFORE March 13, 2014. 

Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals click HERE

Humpback whales are well known for their songs...

Humpback whales are well known for their songs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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