“When I first entered the water, the dolphins were playing with each other, swimming side by side, and they were constantly singing to each other – I could hear it! After a while they started to approach me and I could feel them look me in the eye. It was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Miranda Cosgrove.
“Swimming with wild dolphins made it so clear that these intelligent and social animals need their use of sound to survive, and I’m so happy to be working with Oceana to protect them.”
Oceana released its latest public service announcement (PSA) starring actress, singer and ocean lover, Miranda Cosgrove of iCarly and Despicable Me.
Oceana and Cosgrove traveled to South Bimini in the Bahamas to film a PSA that highlights the need to protect dolphins and other marine life from the threat of seismic airgun blasts in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dolphins are highly social and intelligent animals that depend on sound to communicate, eat, reproduce, socialize and live. But their song is threatened by seismic airgun testing, a form of oil and gas exploration that amounts to repetitive dynamite-like blasts in the ocean.
These blasts are 100,000 times more intense than the sound emitted from a jet engine and occur every 10 seconds for days to weeks on end. This constant disturbance threatens dolphins, fish, and other marine life along the Atlantic Coast.
“With the help of supporters like Miranda Cosgrove, we can stop destructive practices like seismic testing and protect marine life, like dolphins, all around the world,” said Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless.
Oceana, founded in 2001, is an international organization focused on ocean conservation.