Target: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Goal: Protect sea life from hearing loss due to sonar blasts, explosions, and commercial ships
Recent findings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have linked the reduction in sea mammal vocalizations, foraging, and breeding to increased noise from human devices and transport. The continued deafening of sea animals could have a severe impact on the ocean’s biodiversity as many sea mammals rely on their acute sense of hearing to find food and each other. Even a slight reduction in their hearing capacity can tremendously disable many sea mammals. Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking action. Thank them for their important work.
The cause of the noise pollution is primarily sonar blasts from military exercises, air guns used in oil and gas exploration, and commercial ships that emit a high pitched whine. In order to decrease undersea noise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched its first sound mapping campaign. These intricate sound maps chart noise levels across the world’s oceans. By charting areas of high noise, they can better understand the causes and determine appropriate steps to reduce the din.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that almost 250,000 sea animals are injured yearly from noise pollution alone. These casualties include deafened and partially deafened animals. The sad truth is that these injured animals face starvation as well as separation from their pods or groups. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hopes that their findings will spur national and international efforts to protect the ocean’s wildlife.
Sign the petition below and thank the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for taking steps to protect the ocean’s animals. These creatures are often ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ and many people don’t realize that human activities can negatively affect them as well.
Dear National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Your recent findings revealed that 250,000 sea animals are injured yearly from human noise pollution alone. Hearing loss can leave sea animals unable to find food and each other. Many of them face starvation and separation from their pods or groups. This loss of life threatens the sea’s biodiversity and is a tremendous disservice to animals that depend on their hearing for survival.
I would like to thank you for taking steps to protect aquatic life around the world. Your innovative sound maps are the first step towards identifying areas of high noise pollution and reducing it. By reducing the noise pollution in our oceans, you are protecting the fragile ecosystem, and speaking for thousands of sea animals that suffer from sonar blasts, air guns and commercial ships.
[Your Name Here]
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