Ecojustice Blog – Nature, Special Update Posted on December 15, 2016 (updated: February 6, 2017)

For the whales ????

Dyna TuytelLawyer
My holiday wish is for a quieter ocean where the orcas can tell their stories. - Dyna Tuytel, Lawyer

My name is Dyna, and I’ve been able to identify a whale’s dorsal fin since I was two.

Saying that I like whales is an understatement. I LOVE them. And thanks to the generous support of people like you, I get to come into work every day and use the power of the law to — as clichéd as it sounds — save the whales.

We’re up against tough odds. A couple weeks ago, the federal government approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. If built, it will increase tanker traffic through the Salish Sea — and the risk of a catastrophic oil spill — seven-fold. And it will make a noisy ocean even louder, further threatening the survival of the 80 endangered orcas that call those waters home.

My holiday wish is for a quieter ocean where the orcas can tell their stories.

One of the most fascinating things about whales is that each population has its own distinct language and culture. But when ocean noise makes it harder for them to hear and be heard, as it already does in the Salish Sea, it compromises their ability to hunt, eat, socialize — and ultimately, survive.

Research shows that approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline will be a death sentence for the Salish Sea orcas. That should worry us: Orcas are considered a keystone species, meaning that their health tells us a lot about the overall health of the ocean.

The Ecojustice team will be working around the clock this holiday season to take the fight to save the whales and block the Kinder Morgan pipeline to the courts in 2017. But we can’t do it alone. Will you help us?

For the whales!


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