A bizarre mystery has found its way onto the shores of New Jersey. Large, endangered sea creatures have been washing up shore throughout the past weeks, with many racking their brains for the cause. Environmental activists are onto this mystery and are pushing for a quick answer from the authorities.
The unexpected surge in whale deaths off the coast of New Jersey has left governments and activists scratching their heads with questions. The strange occurrence has raised urgent concerns that offshore wind farms may be to blame and has prompted calls for an immediate investigation. Activists seem to be seeking answers outside the scope of climate change.
Yahoo news reports, activists in New Jersey are calling for an investigation into offshore wind pre-construction activities after six whales washed up dead in the New Jersey-New York region in 33 days over December and January.
On Saturday, January 7, Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit based in Long Branch, New Jersey, called for swift action by federal authorities after a sixth whale washed up in Atlantic City.
According to a January 9 press release by Clean Ocean Action, the number of whale deaths was “unprecedented” and it demanded a “hard stop” to any offshore development and “an immediate and fully transparent investigation into the recent whale deaths by federal agencies mandated by law to protect marine mammals, especially endangered species.”
Activists are asking why these whales are dying so frequently. Here is what they had to say:
According to Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action: “The wave of dead whales is the ocean sounding the alarm and we must heed the warning. These tragic multiple deaths of mostly young, endangered whales are of no apparent cause. However, the only new activity in the ocean is the unprecedented concurrent industrial activity by over 11 companies in the region’s ocean, which allows the harassment and harm of tens of thousands of marine mammals.”
Despite necropsies only being performed on about half of the whales, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said none of the 174 humpback whale deaths since 2016 had been due to offshore wind activity.
It is alarming to learn that endangered whales are dying, especially if it’s due to any possible negative influence from human activities. This issue should not be overlooked – we must thoroughly investigate the matter to ensure that measures are taken and appropriate policies enacted in order to prevent further endangerment of these majestic creatures. What’s ironic about this situation is that it appears to be mostly occurring in states with liberal tendencies, who pride themselves on environmental preservation. Funny how life works, nonetheless, we need to get to the root cause of what is happening, so liberals stop blaming everything on global warming.
Let’s continue this conversation, in the comments below.