The right whale is one of the most endangered species on this planet and this endangerment is made even more devastating by oil spills in their natural habitats. Right whales suffer from oil inhalation annually and this contributes to the deaths of many right whales. The right whale is also endangered by many other factors such as global warming making temperatures rise in the right whale’s habitat. In addition to this human activities such as whaling have been hurting the population of right whales for many years now even though they are on the protected species list. Whaling by humans can be seen as the number one cause of the diminishing population of right whales in addition to oil spills.
When it comes to oil spills and the environment this is a subject that is on the minds of many people due to the recent BP oil spills in the gulf. Oil spills are not only deadly for marine life but for humans and many other animals as well. Conservation and preservation of the earth’s natural resources and habitats is a major concern for many and oil spills make the job of conservation and preservation very difficult indeed. Oil spills can result from a variety of factors including damaged oil tankers, pipelines, and offshore rigs. If oil spills from these things reach beach areas in addition to right whale habitats then the devastation can be even more terrible as the oil can cling to everything on the shore including many other animals. Many oil companies have been fined heavily because of the devastation that their oil spills have caused in marine habitats but is this enough? When considering the damage that oil spills do to efforts of saving the environment one can wonder if more punishment is necessary or not for the administrators of these companies.