When a camera goes underwater in a movie or television show, we’re used to hearing… well, not much. It’s typically very quiet, as if the ocean were a calm, peaceful, even soothing aural environment. If anything, we might hear a few bubbles coming from the cameraman’s SCUBA gear. But that’s usually about it.
The fact is, though, that there are lots of sounds under the ocean’s surface. And sea creatures depend on hearing those sounds to find food, mates and to avoid danger. Underwater sounds are a lifeline for sea creatures both large and small. Simply put, when they can’t hear, they can’t live.
The problem is that more and more of the sounds sea creatures depend on are being drowned out by other sounds – the sounds of a veritable underwater factory. Offshore oil exploration and production along with the engine noises of large ships are creating a deafening cacophony beneath the ocean’s surface. And there are consequences – the destruction of life, habitat and environment.
The oil industry is ready to unleash a modern-day armada to drill beneath the Arctic Ocean. And it’s a noisy job.
In fact, noise generated by oil and gas exploration and development results in some of the loudest sounds that can be produced underwater by man; sounds so loud that they can prevent spectacular arctic wildlife such as belugas and endangered bowhead whales from feeding and breeding.
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for protecting this pristine environment and its wildlife from the cacophony of underwater noise which oil and gas development would bring – and they can stop it.
Take Action by February 28 – Tell NOAA to reject the current proposals in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Join us in asking the Federal Government to protect arctic wildlife by adopting the no action alternative.
Let’s make sure that whales, seals, and walruses get a good hearing.
Take Action by February 28!
Tell NOAA to reject the current proposals in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Join us in asking the Federal Government to protect arctic wildlife by adopting the "no action alternative"!
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