Antarctica’s Wildlife Needs Our Help!

Emily Deemer October 4, 2013 0
Weddell Seal in Antarctica

Sign the petition below to help wildlife like this Weddell seal, photographed on Nat Hab’s “Sailing Antarctica” cruise. © Ted Martens

Did you know that Antarctica is home to more than 10,000 species of penguins, whales, and seals – just to name a few – that are found nowhere else on earth?  Unfortunately, Antarctica’s wildlife is facing immense pressure from commercial fishing and climate change.

Later this year, leaders from 25 countries representing The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are meeting to decide whether or not to create the world’s largest marine preserves around Antarctica.

How can you help?  Sign the Antarctic Ocean Alliance petition to encourage these leaders to make the right decision: to protect this fragile ocean ecosystem for generations to come.  They are 86% of the way toward collecting 300,000 signatures.  Our conservation partner, WWF, is a supporter of this petition.

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Watch this short video to see exactly what’s at stake for Antarctica’s wildlife if we don’t act now.

You can also help by traveling one of Nat Hab’s small-ship adventure cruises to Antarctica, where nature education is a major focus, and a portion of each trip cost is donated to WWF conservation initiatives.  Here are some of our favorite photos from Nat Hab’s Antarctica adventures:

Gentoo Penguin, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula

Gentoo Penguin, Paradise Bay, Antarctica.   © George Grubb

Kayaking in Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica. © Eyal Kaplan

2 Humpback whales under the bow in Antarctica

2 Humpback whales under the bow on our “Sailing Antarctica” expedition. © Ben Wallis

 

 

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