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Originally Posted: 23 September 2009
Tell NOAA to List the Ribbon Seal as Endangered
Only 200,000 ribbon seals remain globally, so they need federal threatened or endangered protection immediately. Tell NOAA to add Ribbon Seals to the Endangered Species List.
Sign an online petition
And/Or better yet, make direct contact:
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA
USEC/Administrative Office of the Under Secretary
phone (202) 482-3436
The ribbon seal's Arctic habitat is rapidly melting because of global warming -- but President Obama's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has so far upheld President Bush's refusal to list them as threatened or endangered.
When they're born, ribbon seal pups can't swim -- nor can they survive the icy cold waters of the Arctic until they've formed a layer of blubber. So ribbon seal mothers give birth to and nurse their pups on the sea ice, until the pups' soft white hair (called languo) sheds and they naturally form their layer of blubber.
But with global warming comes melting sea ice in the Bering and Chukchi Seas -- and by extension, the disappearance of the habitat they need to reproduce. Only 200,000 of the ribbon seals remain globally, so they need federal threatened or endangered protection immediately!
Urge Dr. Jane Lubchenco, head of NOAA, to reverse the Bush administration decision and list the ribbon seal as threatened or endangered!
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