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Big Oil Destroys the Great Australian Bight

01/16/2015 07:39 am ET | Updated Mar 18, 2015

The longest east/west ice-free coastline in the Southern Hemisphere -- The Great Australian Bight -- and all its unique sealife are in big trouble.

Join me for another SOS segment as I explain how the lust and greed for more climate disrupting carbon fuels are destroying Australia's ecological jewel -- The Great Australian Bight.

The Australian government has granted an oil company the rights to search for oil and gas in the middle of a breathtaking marine ecosystem.

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The stunning coastline of the Great Australian Bight is characterized by cliff faces up to 200 feet high, spectacular surfing beaches and rock platforms, exquisite for whale-watching. Photo credit: australiangeo.weebly.com

That means millions of sea creatures will be killed by incessant sonic booms as Big Oil scavenges for more heat-trapping gases.

This deranged ecocide risks killing the remaining critically endangered Leatherback turtles, Great White sharks, Southern Right whales, Australian Sea Lions, Southern Bluefin tuna and the largest creatures on the globe -- majestic blue whales.

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A mature Blue whale consumes as much as 3.9 tons of krill each summertime day. Photo credit: capitaloct.com

Every 10 seconds non-stop for a couple months, sonic explosions at 252 decibels will shatter eardrums of all sea creatures.

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In 2008, ExxonMobil Exploration and its partner used sonic cannons whilst fossicking for gas offshore northwest Madagascar. They caused 100 melon-headed whales to mass strand. Those hideous sonic booms shattered their eardrums. Photo credit: scienceworldreport.com

The Australian continent has been battered by climate disruption. As unregulated fossil fuel emissions continue to rise seven out of Australia's 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2002.

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A wallaby stands on a large round hay bale, trapped by rising flood waters outside the town of Dalby in Queensland, Australia, December 30, 2010. Photo credit: boston.com

It's time to protect the Great Australian Bight not plunder it.

Please support the Bob Brown Foundation and Sea Shepherd Australia because they are protecting our oceans, its sharks, Bluefin tunas, sea turtles and whales.

Together let's save the Great Australian Bight and all its remarkable creatures!

Join Earth Dr Reese Halter on his crusade to protect nature by watching Earth Calling SOS. His latest book is Shepherding the Sea: The Race to Save our Oceans.