California group seeks protections fo...

California group seeks protections for gray whale

There are 6 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Nov 6, 2010, titled California group seeks protections for gray whale. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Sixteen years after the gray whale was taken off the endangered species list, the California Gray Whale Coalition says their numbers are dwindling again and is leading a campaign to protect the marine mammals further declines.

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Student Paper

Capitola, CA

#1 Nov 7, 2010
Is the Sentinel now a student newspaper for the University of Socialist Conscience, California?

This article is ridiculous.

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Nov 7, 2010
Oops. Looks like we freed Willy a little too much at the expense of the Gray's.

San Jose, CA

#3 Nov 7, 2010
To "Student Paper":
I fail to see how trying to protect an animal species can be called "socialist."
Would you care to enlighten us?

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Nov 7, 2010
As a first step toward the goal of having the gray whale listed as endangered once again, the Coalition has petitioned the U.S. National Marine & Fisheries Service to list the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population -- also known as the California gray whale -- as depleted, a designation which would then prompt the agency to develop a conservation plan.

"The gray whales are facing challenges on all fronts, hunting, killer whales, low cow/calf counts, climate change," said Sue Arnold, chief executive of the Gray Whale Coalition, which is based in Palo Alto and has representatives in Santa Cruz. "Where do you draw the line in the sand?"

I find this interesting. The last 3 challenges out of 4 are,......
"Killer whales, low cow/calf counts, climate change".
All natural cycles the whales have dealt with since the beginning of time. The environmentals want you to think these are some how unnatural and or wrong.
Being killed by Killer whales and/or having high and low birth rates "like every other animal in the sea" depending on the normal ever changing "washing machine" of ocean water conditions "what they call climate change" are all normal parts and challenges of a California gray whale life cycle.
You can not protect the California gray whale from its normal life style.
That's like spending money for a flotation device to keep a normal healthy whale from drowning because it lives in water and there is a possibility that it could.
"just absurd".

The first challenge out of the 4 is,......"Hunting".
So who exactly "other than Killer whale" is hunting California Gray whale again and at what harvest numbers?

Hmmmmm, Wonder why didn't they say anything about cargo ships colliding with whales in this story?

"to develop a conservation plan".
A bunch more money, a bunch of new laws, to save the California Gray whale from basically being a California Gray whale......

Makes as much sense as the money well wasted on the conservation and protection "protection from what, I don't know" of the Davidson Sea mount "an underwater volcano" 4,101 ft (1,250 m) below the sea surface.
Anchoring and trawling typically does not occur below a depth of 1,500 ft (457 m).
But we all spent and still spend money to conserve and protect it....

Its progressive environmentalism at work here, and your money.
Dave Head

Auckland, New Zealand

#6 Nov 7, 2010
The point is that this species is endangered and needs to be classified as such so protection can be attempted. Some of the comments here don't address the issue at all, in fact are junvinile and unhelpful.

Mentor, OH

#7 Nov 19, 2010
if i were the president, i would end all hunting of whales. I would have a moritorium on all commerical fishing for 3 years, and enforced limits on private fisherman. I would end the alcohol profit based drug war, and put an end to the violent drug war zones our children grow up in and are sometimes killed in the name of alcohol profit. I would imprison any lawmaker in Washington the accepted any kind of gift from a private interest. I would canvass the American people through the internet and find the will of the people and do it. Would you give me your trust and vote for me?

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