Partnering to Save Ocean Wildlife
|Partnering to Save Ocean WildlifePicture the beauty of an endangered Leatherback sea turtle swimming past your boat. Feel the lightness in your chest as you laugh at a pod of playful dolphins racing beside your surfboard. Feel the shower of ocean water on your skin as you stare in awe at the explosive spout of a migrating Humpback whale.
Threats to ocean animals
A widely known Native American proverb reminds us that we do not inherit the world from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.
And yet, today, dolphins are stranded on our beaches. Humpback whales are entangled in fishing lines. Sea lion mothers and pups are washing up with empty bellies, but sea turtles reveal stomachs full of plastic.
Every year, marine animals migrate thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean and along the North American coast to feed and breed. As if the mileage of this journey is not difficult enough, these animals and their young inevitably encounter natural threats along the way that challenge their survival. However, there has been an alarming increase in human-made obstacles that are also thinning these populations.
The stretch of ocean off the coast of Southern California, extending from Point Conception south to the Mexican border, is known as the Southern California Bight. This part of the Pacific is so rich with ocean wildlife it is often called the “Blue Serengeti.” The animals that contribute to this biodiversity, many of which are already endangered, are washing up on our beaches with unknown causes of death.
Saving marine animals
This is why we started Saving Ocean Wildlife here in Southern California. Our beautiful coast is a blue highway for many animals, such as the gray whales that are born in the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico, and migrate up to the rich Alaskan waters to feed. Animals that have inhabited these waters for MILLIONS of years know no international borders as they were here long before our borders. Therefore, their protection is not the sole responsibility of either the Mexican, the Canadian, or the United States government. We must work together to collectively save these species from extinction.
What can we do to save these precious animals, beyond the protections of the Endangered Species list?
What can YOU do?
You can show you care, be an advocate, and partner with us at Saving Ocean Wildlife!
Ways to protect the ocean
There are many ways for you to be a voice for these animals, whether you would like to assist us in monitoring the habits of marine fauna, help us raise ocean awareness by spreading our message through your social media channels, or volunteer to join our support network to help the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) whale disentanglement team rescue animals in jeopardy.
SOW will be your connection to the ocean animals and the government agencies responsible for their protection. We will provide you with helpful tools and inspiring opportunities to help us achieve our collective goals.
Every human life is touched by the ocean in some way. Whether you are local or supporting the effort from afar, we want you on our team. This is a big ocean. We cannot do this alone.
Help us keep our Blue Serengeti alive, join us in Saving Ocean Wildlife today!
FREE Ocean wildlife guide!
Report Ocean Animals Dead or in Distress
If you see it, PLEASE say it! Use our handy reporting tool any time you come across a dead or distressed ocean animal. This will immediately notify NOAA so they can get the appropriate organization involved to help remove or free the animal in need!
Ten Personal Actions You Can Take
Whether it is through a donation of time, money or resources or picking-up plastic trash, here are ten ideas for your personal action plan to save ocean wildlife!