An important message from Ocean Alliance CEO, Dr. Iain Kerr:
Tens of thousands of whales are still killed or injured every year as a direct result of human activities. One of the principle areas that is wreaking havoc on whales worldwide is Seismic testing.
Guess what? The oil companies have successfully fought off the marine mammal conservation groups who are trying to stop this by saying things like:
“Until you can prove that Seismic testing hurts whales we are going to continue to conduct this work.”
Whale NGO’s have been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting the oil industry, but since they don’t have concrete proof that air guns kill or harm whales, they can’t win against such a powerful foe.
We believe SnotBot will give us the proof we need.
As you know SnotBot collects Exhaled Breath Condensate (EBC) from whales giving us the capacity to measure stress hormones (bacteria, viruses & DNA) without stressing the whales. We will collect EBC before Seismic testing and measure stress levels, & then collect EBC during and after seismic testing. If stress levels are low before testing and high after testing then we will have the proof we need to demonstrate that seismic exploration damages or kills whales. Biology has well defined the effects of stress on mammals, aborted pregnancies, neurological defects, paused pregnancies, eating disorders etc. So if we have the proof – we can stop this onslaught.