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Jun 4, 2009

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Protest
Location:United States

In the Alaska Daily News today, it is reported that an Exxon oil tanker arrived in Valdez, in Alaska, unaware that a humpback whale was impaled on their bow.  How can a 21st century ship not have the necessary equipment to tell them if whales are in their shipping lane, or impaled on their bow, like a bug on a car windshield?  Exxon made record-breaking, obscene amounts of money last year screwing the public at the gas pumps.  They should have enough money for the proper equipment on their tanker ships to protect marine wildlife, or a smaller vessel.  All concerned citizens should write to Exxon and complain.

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Posted: Thursday June 4, 2009, 11:09 am
Tags: animals wildlife whales animalwelfare marinemammals oiltankers [add/edit tags]

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Charity B. (23)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 12:06 pm
This is my first share, and I do not know if anyone else can see it. I have looked for instructions and have not been able to figure it out, how to get my share into everyone's view.

Brittany P. (11)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 10:12 am
I see it just fine! And that is totaly stupid! They should have things that are protecting the animals...

Dave M. (10)
Monday July 5, 2010, 8:08 am
the only excuse I can see for this is if the whale was dead before the ship impacted it. It probably doesn't excuse them from not noticing that, even if the whale WAS dead before they hit it, there was something in their path. It's not surprising given the size of these tankers that they might have NOT deviated their path to avoid hitting a carcass if they noticed it "too late", but truly, the electronics should have given them plenty of notice. I think it's interesting that the tanker arrived in Valdez. It's shameful that more was not made of this story in the news around the country... this is the first I heard about it.

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