www.californiagraywhalecoalition.org and www.australiansforanimals.org.au


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The Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale is in decline. In 1999/2000, over one third of the population
perished, almost certainly as a result of starvation. With climate change wreaking havoc in their feeding
grounds, the Gray Whale is vulnerable and needs to be relisted under the US Endangered Species Act.
Here are some of the key facts:-

* The last dedicated funding for Gray Whale population estimates and research was in 2000. There has been no budgeted funding to National Marine & Fisheries Service (NMFS) since.

* In 2007, scientists estimated up to 13% of Gray Whales were emaciated. A starving whale cannot
reproduce or raise a calf.

* In 2008 Surveys during the first four weeks documented the lowest numbers of Gray whales, particularly mothers with calves, ever recorded in Laguna San Ignacio during the whales’ winter breeding season.

* In 2008, overall counts were the lowest ever recorded at San Ignacio during winter.

* In 2007, scientists at San Ignacio recorded the lowest mid calf count in 30 years.

* Calving interval is increasing suggesting fewer females reproducing.

* Gray Whales are specialist feeders.

* Gray Whale feeding grounds are almost covered with oil and gas leases.

* Gray Whales are being forced to migrate further North seeking alternative prey as climate change is having a severe impact on their primary food source.

* Military and seismic exploration along migration route pose major problems.

* Transient Orca predation is as high as 30% of population in some years.

* Climate change is warming seawater temperatures. Lack of ice is heavily impacting food supply.

* Gray Whales have no alternative source of prey sufficient to feed the population.


Join the California Gray Whale Coalition at: www.californiagraywhalecoalition.org

Check out the website for GIS maps of threats. Support the Coalition’s efforts to get a Resolution through the 2009 Congress to support the historic Resolution passed by California Assembly and Senate (see website).

The Gray Whale needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Register now your willingness to be on the Coalition data base for political action.





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