Save the California Gray Whale

January 27, 2009

Sue Arnold, Coordinator for Australians for Animals (www.australiansforanimals.org.au) and CEO of the California Gray Whale Coalition

(www.californiagraywhalecoalition.org) wrote the following in the November edition of the AFA newsletter.

 

Having got an h i s t o r i c Resolution through t h e
California Assembly and Senate which called on the US
Congress to take steps to relist the Gray Whale, we now had to
get the support of influential Californian Federal Senators.

A most inappropriate time to be lobbying in many respects. But
miracles abound even in hectic pre-election times with the
global financial system collapsing. The possibility of
getting meetings with key California Federal Senators
staffers to meet with an Australian activist seemed
remote. And organising these meetings from Australia even
more impossible. But these days, the internet makes it
possible to work around the world from your office desk no
matter where you are ! And nagging always works. No
matter what country.

 

Yes We Can! Save the California Gray Whale.

Join the Fan Club today –

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 25, 2009

 

Sue Arnold CEO of the California Gray Whale Coalition continues her blog while traveling to the USA and Mexico working towards a successful campaign of saving the California Gray Whale.

My journey across the Pacific is nothing in comparison to the journey
which the Gray whale must undertake.  Its the longest migration of any
Baleen whale on Planet Earth, up and down through the heaviest
industrialised countries of the US, Mexico and Canada.  

Not to mention the enormous amount of Industrialisation on the Siberian side which is
home to a primary Gray whale feeding ground.  With no environmental laws
to protect marine mammals, the Gray whales are contaminated by the huge
toxic waste spewing into the rivers which empty into the Chukotka Sea.
Stinky whales are a major problem in the Russian waters. 

I will detail some of the contaminants later, but there’s grave suspicion that whales in
US and Mexican waters are also contaminated.

What happens to the whales will eventually impact on all of us.

Yes We can! Save the California Gray Whale.

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 24, 2009

The following is taken from the Australians for Animals (www.australiansforanimals.org.au) newsletter, November 2008. Coordinator Sue Arnold writes –

 

On the agenda, finding out whatever we could about the secret IWC meeting in Tampa,
Florida where AFA had good intelligence that the US was trying to negotiate a deal with the
Japanese – a last act by Pres. Bush to appease the Japanese Government and sell- out the
whales.

The last 8 years of the Bush Administration has seen an extremely disturbing change in
the US whale conservation policy as America transformed into a weak middle of the road
IWC member, abandoning its role as the world’s whale protector. And, as always, the
next step in the historic C a l i f o r n i a  Gr a y  Wh a l e Coalition campaign created by
AFA, to have the Gray Whales  r e l i s t e d  u n d e r  t h e  US Endangered Species Act had to
be undertaken.

 

Join the coalition today –

info@californiagraywhalecoaltion.org

 

Yes We Can! Save the California Gray Whale

 

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 23, 2009

 

From  Sue Arnold, CEO California Gray Whale Coalition.

Today, January 23, 2009, three days after the inauguration of Barack Obama
as President, I set out on my journey to the great desert wilderness of Baja
California, Mexico. 

To the birthing lagoons of the majestic Gray whale
where she delivers her calf and teaches the youngster skills for surviving
the long journey back to the waters and feeding grounds of the Arctic.

I’m headed for the San Ignacio Laguna, one of the most sacred places on
earth.  A massive lagoon surrounded by mountains which reach to the sky,
nature’s cathedral.  The sacredness and beauty of this desert wilderness is
recognized by the listing of the Vizcaino Reserve as a World Heritage site.
Last year when I was there, whale numbers were drastically reduced.  

Later on, I found out it was the lowest count of gray whales since counting began
30 years ago.  Few calves, little mating, and many skinny whales.

Yet still these incredible creatures came to the tiny boats which took us
out to the lagoon, allowing us to touch and stroke their bodies.  To caress
their calves with their long hairy chins !  This is the only whale on earth
that allows such contact.   When I remember she is the most ancient Baleen
whale alive on Planet Earth today, I’m humbled by the blessing of
connection.

This year, we are holding our collective breath.   With climate change
rapidly increasing seawater temperatures, the primary prey of the Gray
whales in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas – benthos – is severely
impacted.   

Without the rich feeding beds which sustain the whales long
period of starvation as they migrate to Mexico, the whales are in trouble.
These are specialist feeders who scoop great mouthfuls of sediment and
bottom dwelling amphipods which they sift through their baleen plates.
Stay with me on my journey.  

The first stop is Honolulu where I will meet
with one of our international advisors, a professor of international law
teaching at the University of Hawaii.

Blessings to the Gray Whale and all Whales and Dolphins.

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 22, 2009

The following is taken from the ‘Australian for Animals’ Newsletter dated November 2008. Australian for Animals Coordinator Sue Arnold writes –

 

Dear Friends,

With the US elections looming, and the absolute necessity of
getting the Democrat Party led by Senator Barack Obama onside for whales, our Coordinator
flew to San Francisco in September.

AFA MAKES PROGRESS IN THE USA. side for whales, our Coordinator
flew to San Francisco in September.

On the agenda, finding out whatever we could about the
secret IWC meeting in Tampa, Florida where AFA had good
intelligence that the US was trying to negotiate a deal with the
Japanese – a last act by Pres. Bush to appease the Japanese
Government and sell- out the whales.

 

Will continue …

 

Please visit www.australiansforanimals.org.au or

info@californiagraywhalecoaltion.org and join the Fan Club.

 

Yes We Can! Save the California Gray Whale

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 22, 2009

 

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 17, 2009

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 16, 2009

 

PROTECTING THE MOST ANCIENT BALEEN WHALE ALIVE TODAY – CALIFORNIA GRAY WHALE COALITION

here are a few facts:

 

  • 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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP.

Join the California Gray Whale Coalition at:

www.californiagraywhalecoalition.org

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 16, 2009

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Save the California Gray Whale

January 14, 2009

 

PROTECTING THE MOST ANCIENT BALEEN WHALE ALIVE TODAY –

CALIFORNIA GRAY WHALE COALITION

A few facts that are directly threatening the California Gray Whale:

 

  • 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.

You can help. Join the Fan Club at –

info@californiagraywhalecoaltion.org

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