Angry Whales

Angry Whales  

A Speech By Jade Subritzky     2018     C.S.P.S

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The other day BTN reported a whale died because it ate 80 plastic bags. Obviously, I was shocked and outraged, but the whales were probably even more furious. So I decided to investigate the matter. First, I found some information on the internet about whales and ocean pollution. Second, I interviewed an expert to get a professional opinion. Third, I figured out that whales are pretty smart so there’s a good chance they think its better to protect the planet rather than destroying it.

From the internet I found out there are almost 2 million whales in the ocean, and according to the International Whaling Commission, the population is growing. On the other hand, there are over 5 TRILLION (yes that’s 5000 billion) pieces of rubbish in our oceans of which around 300,000 tons are floating on the surface. According to National Geographic that number is also growing. On one hand it means less room for whales, and on the other hand the space they do have left could be filled with human garbage.

My theory is that whales are probably quite angry about this situation, but I needed data to confirm my hypothesis. Unfortunately, whales don’t speak English and I don’t speak whale, so I needed another way to find answers. Luckily, its whale migrating season and a study was already underway at Cape Solander in Botany Bay, the birth place of Modern Australia.  So my dad helped me set up an interview with one of the study experts to find out more. We made a list of questions for me to ask and headed down to Botany Bay. I recorded the interview so I could check it later.

According to Cathy, the expert from the Cape Solander whale migration study, whales are very curious animals. I also found out that whales have been on earth for about 50 million years while humans have only been around for 200,000. So whales might know a thing or two. In fact, a whale’s brain weighs 5 times as much as a human’s so they must be quite clever. Cathy was sure of it. I wonder what would they would think of the Great Barrier Reef as they cruise past twice each year for example. They must have noticed the terrible changes taking place. Also it occurred to me that if we are watching them, they are probably watching us too.

And just last week it was reported that half a million hectares of trees that protect the reef had been cleared so people can build mansions. That’s an area about as big as Sydney.  Do you think the whales think that’s a good idea? Just imagine what they are saying about us! We really should be ashamed of ourselves.

In conclusion its pretty clear that whales are smart and probably angry with us humans for not doing more to protect them. In my opinion the whales probably think its a good idea to save the planet instead of continuing to destroy it. And I agree. Look, its not rocket science is it?

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