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Save the Whales Rally at Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk Today at 1pm

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Point Pleasant NJ, World Whale Day is an annual event celebrated on the third Sunday in February, which is dedicated to raising awareness about whales and their conservation. The event was first celebrated in Maui, Hawaii in 1980 as part of the Maui Whale Festival, which was organized to raise awareness about the humpback whales that migrate to Hawaii every year.

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The purpose of World Whale Day is to highlight the importance of protecting and preserving whales and their habitat. It is also an opportunity to educate people about the threats facing whales, such as commercial whaling, bycatch in fishing gear, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change.

Many organizations around the world celebrate World Whale Day by organizing educational programs, whale watching tours, art exhibits, concerts, and other events to raise awareness about these magnificent creatures. The goal is to encourage people to take action to help protect whales and their ocean ecosystem.

Save the Whale Rally at Pont Pleasant Beach at 1pm today near Jenkinson’s Aquarium 

20 thoughts on “Save the Whales Rally at Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk Today at 1pm

  1. The recent whale deaths in NJ may be a result of the windfarm blasting. Will that be addressed?

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    1. Seriously ?

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    2. There isnt any windfarm construction off of NJ Yet nor any “windfarm blasting”. What the heck are you talking about.

      PS – the entire NJ coast is primarily sand . . . no need to blast unless you have rock . . .

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  2. Murphy doesn’t care
    Too busy in Ukraine

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  3. Well, what does the marine biologist say about that. What is the science behind it?

    1. It ‘s on the same sonar wave as the whales. Makes them deaf, babies get separated from mothers and pods. Their food gets chased into the shipping lanes( hence the cuts from the propellers) they can’t communicate with each other. There are thousands of windmills along the east coast already. From Maine to South Carolina. Block island is their model. And they’re not Evan telling you about all the birds they are killing on land and sea. And the ocean in not just sand in the deep sea. Great read for earth quakes and tsunami’s once the vibration knocks off the rock on south Africa continent

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      1. UHM…..you might want to check the number of wind turbines actually operating. Less than 10.

  4. The last whale was hit by a boat for godsakes.

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    1. Yup. Happens.

  5. Please educate yourself on this matter. Coincidence these whales and dolphins are suddenly washing up in these numbers? Do you really trust these multi-billionaire companies with their simple one line explanation? Boaters are suddenly running into these massive animals? huh..
    There is actually a lot of information on this and too much to list here. Do your own research before you dismiss or blink your eyes and it’s too late.. sad

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    1. I believe there are TWO operational windfarms int he U.S. at this time, both up in New England. Less than ten wind turbines altogether. While BOEM has issued many leases, and there are several applications for very large windfarms being considered offshore of NY and NJ, there are none that are being constructed (or operational) at this time in this region. The sonar being used at this barely impacts the water column, and even then, in a tine swath, and has no impact on the bottom (which, is really irrelevant since whales are pelagic). There is no blasting going on. And there are whales beaching in areas without any sort of windfarm research occurring.

      There is a great deal of ongoing research being done by BOEM, NMFS, NOS, NOAA, FWS, states, academics and universities, etc.

      I have been following whale deaths closely for many years. Whales have a tendency to travel in shipping lanes and they do, most certainly, get killed by propellers from large ocean going vessels, not 30′ runabouts with 6″ propellers. This happens ALL of the time and is well documented. I can attest to the fact that when a marine mammal is killed by a propeller, it’s pretty damn obvious by the damage to the animals outer layer.

      There is a great deal of ongoing research being done by BOEM, NMFS, NOS, NOAA, FWS, states, academics and universities, etc. No one who is familiar with the scientific issues being addressed by this research thinks there is a link between wind farm and marine mammal wash-up. The only people pushing this “theory” are people trying to sell newspapers and environmental groups who are opposed to windfarms for a number of other reasons. Whales have become a gloriously convenient add-on for their opposition. And a huge boon to their cashflow (because they dupe you into thinking a non-issue is an issue) I can tell you they are aware that whales have been subject to blunt force trauma/prop death for decades.

      And, while you are weighing your “facts” please read up on the positive value of windfarms to ocean habitat. They provide vertical relief for attaching organisms and a great deal of habitat diversity and biodiversity offshore where none exists. The act of reef structures acting as juvenile fisheries habitat, the provide for upwelling of nutrients, etc.

      So keep crying wolf and blaming windfarms for whale deaths when they have nothing to do with it. Everyone will research the non-existent link between the two and we will never find out why the real reason whales are dying. Use your lack of analytical skills wisely!

      Do own research before you dismiss or blink your eyes and it’s too late. Very, very sad.

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    2. Do you really trust these multi-million dollar environmental groups who are sensationalizing a non-issue for their own gain? Have you checked out Clean Ocean Actions new oceanfront residence? Google it . . .49 Avenel Blvd, Long Branch, NJ 07740. $1M for a house one block from the beach, they change usage to “office building” and pay no taxes (estimated taxes are around $16K that someone else is picking up the tab for).

      Does this look like a office building to you? https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/49-Avenel-Blvd_Long-Branch_NJ_07740_M60305-06735

      So be careful about pointing the profit finger at some one.

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  6. Sonar is being used to map the ocean floor. There is speculation the sonar is disrupting the whales ability to navigate.

    1. Sonar is ALWAYS being used to map the ocean floor…it’s been done every single day for decades. Ships also use it to navigate. The U.S Navy active sonar for defense… Hell, most fisherman own fish finders that use sonar to detect fish!! However, the swath of a typical multi-beam or side-scan sonar / sub-bottom profilers is miniscule when compared with the sea floor and the sound wave dissipate rapidly. Impacts would be localized and of short duration.

      Can sonar be damaging to marine mammals? Yes it can. Sounds vibration produces an acoustic wave. It can cause them to become disoriented, to surface to fast causing decompression sickness, etc. But there are no new sources of acoustic interference.

      The leasing of land for windfarm.has introduce no new variable to whale health (yet). So rather than sticking out heads, literally, in the sand, and blaming non-existent factors, I will wait for the autopsy’s and necropsy results. It would be very nice and neat if it were sonar but given the facts, it is unlikely. Ship strikes happen all of the time and maybe this was a bad winter for marine mammals. Maybe they are encountering a nuisance species? Maybe this winters warm weather has ocean temperatures so elevated it is causing these issues. But, again, I will wait foe the autopsy and necropsy results from scientists..

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      1. Are there human bodies washing ashore, or are you big on words and small on usage?

        1. What??????

  7. Kind of ironic that it used to be environmentalists wanting to save the whales but now that they are being asked to choose between whales and windmills the environmentalists are saying F#&@ the whales.

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    1. No, it’s just that no enviromentalist believes you all are suddenly very concerned with the well being of marine life, limited to a very specific set of circumstances(windmills) that you are just coincidentally opposed to.

      1. I am in favor of windmills but would like them to not kill birds and whales while we are at it. There are wind power options that can be implemented without those negative environmental impacts.

  8. We all know if there were oil rigs off the Jersey coast all commercial activity would have been stopped

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