Stop Seismic Surveys

To find fossil fuels buried deep below the sea floor, the oil and gas industry trawls the ocean with powerful airguns. These cannons sound off every 10 to 12 seconds, recording the acoustic vibrations that bounce back as a way to map the sea bottom.

But seismic testing for oil creates what biologists call an "acoustic smog" that drowns out whale chatter and interferes with the way marine mammals perceive the world. Over time, animals that rely on sonar and listening to 'see' can go blind and can't function properly. For animals like whales and dolphins that use sound to eat, hunt, find mates, navigate and communicate with their young families, these sonic booms are incredibly dangerous.

Fortunately, the Department of the Interior can do something about it. By banning seismic testing in and around known marine mammal habitats, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell can reduce acoustic smog and protect our wild oceans. Sign here to protect marine life, stop new oil exploration and prevent another oil spill: Tell Sec. Sally Jewell to stop off-shore seismic surveys.

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