Healthy Oceans. Healthy Communities.

Supertankers in Whale Channel

September 24, 2012

Watch this video to see why supertankers on the coast would threaten humpback whales, a species of “special concern” that is making a slow recovery in the North Pacific since whaling was banned in 1966.

Scientists estimate that the population is back up to about half of the size it was during the hunt. But measures to protect humpbacks are required by law to prevent them from sliding into “threatened” or “endangered” status. Although recommendations for legal protection have been drawn up, the Canadian government has not yet acted on them.

Our video uncovers the sad irony underlying government inaction: how mankind’s quest for oil, which once brought this magnificent creature to the brink of extinction, has returned to threaten its recovery. Only a century ago that we used whale oil to light our homes and lubricate our machines.