Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter on the Faroe Islands

On a group of islands just north of Europe, the traditional bloody whale and dolphin slaughter takes place every year. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.

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Whale tourists need realistic expectations

Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u island to swim with whales need to have realistic expectations about what will happen.

That's according to underwater photographer Tony Wu, who visits the island regularly to document the way humpback whales use the area to breed.

He says he managed to count 48 whale calves born in Port of Refuge harbour this last season, which is a lot.

But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale watching industry needs to make sure not to promise tourists that the whales will come close to them or touch them.

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Court rejects efforts to strip beluga whale protections

A federal judge this week rejected an attempt by Alaska to strip Cook Inlet beluga whales of Endangered Species Act protections. Last spring, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat for the whales despite state’s lawsuit.

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End comes closer for whaling ban

The opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer.

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PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whales

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other "next friends" of five SeaWorld killer whales takes that novel legal approach.

The 20-page complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Southern California to declare that the five whales -- Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises -- are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

A PETA statement said the lawsuit is the first of its kind in contending that constitutional protections against slavery are not limited to humans.

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The year 2014 was an excellent one for marine wildlife viewing, and 2015 is apparently starting off using a bang. Visitors and residents happen to be seeing gray whales from coast daily.

Gray whales really are a mottled grey and white, generally with spots and noticeable scars of barnacles. Gray whales do not have a dorsal fin that is prominent, but instead have a knobby hump along the spinal column, which can be seen when they dive and surface.

Gray whales are baleen whales, meaning as human fingernails, the mouth is lined with layers of feel, exactly the same makeup and keratin plates instead of teeth. They’ve nose and a narrow head, and the upper jaw is somewhat longer than the lower. As its huge mouth shuts, mud and the water spill out, while the food is trapped on the baleen plates. A final swipe of the baleen using a 100-pound tongue as well as a swallow finish the meal.


Conservation efforts have resulted in a species recoil to about 20,000. although the whales were once considered extinct While a smaller population migrates across the shore of eastern Asia many gray whales travel along the West Coast of North America.

All the North American whales spend the summer feeding in the Chukchi and Bering Seas, they move around extensively and could be viewed from Alaska to California, although. Subsequently, they turn around and head north again through May.  There will be media coverage (hopefully) on local news and TV stations, to access online content though from outside the US you’ll need something like a VPN or this Smart DNS solution demonstrated here.

Annually, researchers from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center of NOAA spend March through May at the Piedras Blancas Light Station, watching the northward gray whale migration. In 2014, 431 gray whale calves were counted by researchers.

“That is a very large amount.”

Their mothers s as well as those calves are observable from coast as they finish the last leg of the 3,000-mile southbound journey.

Calm seas and clear skies result in excellent whale watching states. Search for strikes about two thirds of the way to the horizon. Most whales are going in groups that are free, thus try to find others in case you see one setback. The whales are travelling, and you might be in a position to tell they’re headed, when you see to get a brief while. Most are going now, but in two or a month, we ought to have the ability to see them heading north. Those people who live on the shore are lucky to really have a front row seat at this annual event that is amazing. That is cause for celebration!

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Whale watching is an excellent solution. Next whale watching spread through the country like wild fire. Various places are for seeing many distinct species, excellent hot spots.

Whales in these areas can change considerably in size. You might see a substantially smaller Harbor Porpoise or substantial Blue Whales.


Whale watching most typically happens up and down the East coast. Throughout the mating seasons, Brazil has plenty . Southern Right Whales may be watched in the coast.  It’s easy to keep up with the movements with lots of specialized web sites available online, especially in places like the USA and linked from the BBC in the UK.  To access the BBC iPlayer application from the USA, this may help.

The whale watching season in new England starts through the month in the mid springtime. It’s also a typical event to determine the North Atlantic Right Whale feeding in seaports in cities, like nyc.

The west shore of the usa as well as Canada have extraordinary whale watching throughout the spring as well as summer. The most effective places in these states are the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, as well as Alaska. The most familiar species of whale in these types of regions are the Orca. The Farallon Islands offer Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, and Blue Whales. Baja California Sur have greatly populated whale breeding grounds within their lagoons. These breeding grounds are their habitat throughout the months of March and February. Tadoussac in the state of Quebec offers substantial amounts of Beluga Whales. In the Bay of Fundy, Humpback whales can usually be observed in the maritmes.

Dvao Gulf, over thirty species, in the Philippines may be found. There isn’t any certain whale watching season, although the summer is usually the most effective time to whale watch in the Philippines. In Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia the Southern Humpback whale is often found through August to the finish of November. Additionally Sydney, Eden, Port Stephens, Byron Bay are exceptional areas during May

Whale Watching is an experience that’s informative and interesting at the same time. Go whale watching now and create memories that’ll endure for an eternity.

John Jenkins

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The whales have been putting on a significant show as people flocked to observe them which was causing major traffic congestion.

For a nation that still hunts whales in the late spring as well as summer, it was interesting to see how Norwegians stayed fascinated by the huge creatures, and appeared to value them as whale watchers are around the planet. Authorities needed to send patrols out to the street along the Kaldfjord, to clear up the congestion from motorists attempting to monitor the whales and shoot pictures.

The whales began arriving in the place two weeks ago and they were still soaring from the water and making huge bellyflops over the weekend. The whales were anticipated to carry on to feed in the herring for a while longer before heading back out to sea that was open and continuing their journey.

There are a number of TV stations and media sites who are on there way to the location.  Particularly some of the companies who have a reputation of nature programs like National geographic and the BBC. To access these broadcast you might need to change your IP address slightly for instance for the BBC iPlayer you’ll need some sort of British proxy

For other locations and to pick up even more documentaries and Whale related information it’s worth investing in a tool to switch your IP address at will.

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A pod of pilot whales, seen off the Essex shore in shallow waters, has swum back to deeper waters with one discovered dead on mudflats.  Forty whales were seen in the shallow channels among the Blackwater Estuary sandbanks on Tuesday.


A juvenile female was discovered dead in the mudflats, in line with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.  There were anxieties the whales could become beached on sandbanks when pilot were seen about a mile between Brightlingsea and Jaywick.

Essex Wildlife Trust said the creatures appeared “distressed and disorientated”.

A police chopper was utilized to help manage the operation to support the whales to reform and head for deeper water and to keep other boats away.   There are numerous organisations and of course media operations following the developments.  Probably the best way to keep up to date and watch media streams is through the various web sites – you might need to use a proxy like these from outside the UK.
“There definitely was a threat of two groups beaching on the sandbanks, but we moved them away from danger.”
“The [living] whales are in deeper water, but not far out, and two groups are not showing signals of confusion.
“They’re feeding on herring, which they haven’t been doing, so it reveals they’re doing something natural.   “The pod only must go farther out and then they will be all right, however they were seen near Osea Island this morning, so they could enter shallow waters again.”

A post mortem assessment in the juvenile that is dead is supposed to be carried out by the Zoological Society of London.  The pod was seen off the Norfolk and Suffolk shore last week and at the weekend near Kent.

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Whale watching in Australia is one of the biggest tourist attractions, and their many commercial companies who supply some incredible experiences.  All around the coast there are many options for seeing a variety of species from the Giant Sperm Whale, Blue Whales and the Humpback Whales to name but a few.

This page however is dedicated to providing Australian based technology resources which can be used to access data about whales online and of course lots of other stuff.

First an Australian VPN which is needed if you need to access any of the online Australian media channels like iView.

Just to clarify this demonstration is using a VPN server based in Australia, which will give you an Aussie IP address. You can use this from outside the country to watch geo-blocked stuff or from within Australia if you need some privacy (very likely given the Australian Governments track record).

Here’s another title which demonstrates watching the fantastic iView channel.

However if you are actually in Australia, you’ll already be able to access iView without restrictions, but will a server outside the country to access other sites.

BBC iPlayer Australia –

This post explains how an Australian can use a proxy/vpn server outside the country to change his address to a UK based one and watch BBC iPLayer. It also allows access to watch all the other major UK TV channels.

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The internet has brought great advantages for any body interested in wildlife particularly in their natural habitat.   For whale watchers it’s especially true, for anyone who isn’t lucky enough to be located in an area where whales are visible, you’d have to restrict your viewing to weekend trips away and holidays.

But the internet now gives you access to a whole plethora of resources, which we plan to put here.

British TV

For the nature lover this is a wonderful resource.  Not only is the website packed with information and up to date news on all areas of the environment, but they also produce some of the best documentaries in the world.  The BBC is particularly important and home to my favorite ever natural world broadcaster – Sir David Attenborough.

Unfortunately the programme section of the BBC website which is called BBC iPlayer is only accessible for residents of the United Kingdom.  However using the links below you can gain access to all of the British TV sites by using various technologies to hide your real location.

Resources for Accessing BBC iPlayer Abroad

Using an iPlayer Proxy –, this post demonstrates how you can hide your real IP address and watch the BBC anywhere.  There’s an interesting video which also shows how it works.

Anonymous Proxies – Watching BBC iPlayer Abroad : a very old post which is on a security blog.  The software is demonstrated and if you look in the comments you’ll see lots of questions which are normally answered by the author of the post.

Watch BBC in Spain – : although the title of this page states it’s for use in Spain, it actually doesn’t really matter where you are.  The proxy location is the IP address that the website sees, so if the proxy is based in the UK then so will you.  I like the video on  this page and it also has a discount code for the software demonstrated.

British TV Online –, although the BBC is by far the best resource for nature lovers there’s much more on the other British TV stations too.  ITV is the second biggest site and you can access the channels here –, but it’s also worth looking at Channels 4 and 5 which often have some good documentaries as well.



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The US Military plans in 2014 to increase testing on Sonar equipment off the coast of California. This means that many species of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals could continue to be adversely affected by this equipment training.  It is recommneded that Americans contact their federal congressional respresentative to immediately put a halt to this behavior.  At now for the sake of the whales!

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I don’t know if you realise how important your radiator is until you get to the Arctic.

When we were there the digs had to be kept at a steady temperature and every so often we had to do a bit of radiator maintenance. I think the guy that made us always said that saying about a stitch in time, basically saying to have a radiator breaking down would be unacceptable.

When I got there I looked online and found some really helpful videos that meant I could do my bit, click here for more info. I could always put up with a broken heater at home but having the pressure of being out there was a bit worrying.

Knowing that all of that was taken care of we could put our minds on the busiiness Arctic wildlife, the real reason we were there. We managed to get some amazing footage in our time out there and the experience was unforgetable. I don’t know if I would fancy going out there again, maybe my next trip will be somewhere a little more tropical. I hope so anyway.


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Two brothers were quietly fishing off the north western coast of Ieland recently when they got a bit of a shock.  Out from the water rose a pair of killer whales, very close to the boat.  The lucky fisherman are Pat and John Cunningham who were trawling for Pollock in their slamm 20ft rowing boat.  They were only half a mile from the shore near to the town of Glencomcille when they had their incredible experience.

“We had come across dolphins earlier… and they were jumping around our boat,” said John (50). But then there was a splash, which I knew straight away wasn’t a dolphin. Then the two killer whales rose from the water. I’ve only ever seen them in the North Sea when I was commercial fishing up there,” John explained.”

Here’s a great video of some Orca Whales captured about a year ago, not very far away.


Some of the Whale watching groups in the area have speculated that the pair may have been the same spotted off Mizen Head in Cork on the 11th June and a little later off the coast of Cork.

You can find a full report of the sighting on the Irish Indepent site, plus on the BBC archives and iPlayer site – this link will help outside UK.  There’s frequent whale sightings all across the coasts of Ireland and they seem to be increasing.  A good source of information is on Ireland’s National Broadcaster RTE which often features stories and news reports about whale sightings.  You can only access the International version if you’re based outside Ireland, although you can get the full site using this method – RTE player from UK or USA.

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Exciting news for Scottish Whale watchers, as a report on the BBC news site is stating a large group of whales has been spotted by the Firth of Forth.  The total number is unclear but it is estimated around 15 and experts say that they are likely to be Sperm whales.  The pictures of the whales where taken from the sky but it is possible to identify them from the tail flukes, their dorsal fins and the distinctive plumes of spray the Sperm whales demonstrate.

The first sighting was on Thursday last week, when they were spotted near the Isle of Fidra only about a mile offshore from the mainland.  From this point they moved direction and headed towards Fife.  The idenitification was made by members of the Scottish Natural Heritage who had the knowledge to positively identify the breed.

It is very rare to see sperm whales in that area of Scotland and to see such a large pod travelling together even more unusual.  You occasionally see single whales and indeed last year one was beached at Canty Bay last year.  They are normally found in much deeper waters as one of their main foods is squid.

The pod where also spotted very near the Scottish Seabird centre and is a great iillustration of the wildlife that can be found around the coast of Scotland. If you want to keep up to date with news on Scottish Whales then the BBC News and Wildlife website is probably one of your best options.  Some of the news reports and nature programmes will not be accessible outside the United Kingdom though unless you invest in a proxy server – like this site – or watch this video about accessing Iplayer online.

There is an important initiative been started now in Scotland by Sea Watch, who are embarking on a survey of whales and dolphins off the North coast.  They are particularly concerned about the area where extensive offshore energy installations are to be sites.


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Making withdrawals from your savings is probably something that you want to avoid whenever possible. However, you are going to face many times in life where you could use a bit of extra money in order to stay on track with your bills or buy some of the things that you have wanted for some period of time. If you do not know how much you can take out of your savings account, this could make your life very difficult. The solution to this would be to use an interest calculator in order to get a better understanding of the returns that you can count on for the next few months. After you know exactly where you stand, you would then be able to decide how much you are willing to withdraw.

It is very difficult to allow money to sit into a savings account and never touch it. If you need something that would inspire you to do this, an interest calculator may help you. If you have been happy with the amount of money you have in this account, you want to continue making deposits whenever possible. Also, you want to limit the amount of money that you decide to take out for any reason. However, a calculator may also help you to decide how much you can afford to remove from the account based on the returns you already have coming in. If this is something that would make your life a lot easier, start using a quality calculator today.

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Culturally, the Japanese have eaten whale meat for centuries. As someone who as visited Japan, I can tell you from the one time that I ate whale meat that it tastes similar to beef. One Japanese argument that I have heard is that Westerners eat cows so what is so wrong with Japanese eating whales? I think this is a reasonable point. I’m certainly not trying to advocate that killing whales is a good thing. However, I do see it as hypocritical that Westerners who continue to eat meat should be so opposed to the Japanese whaling industry. In some respects, it is like anti-abortionists being pro-war. It just doesn’t make sense.

Greenpeace say on their website (

The Japanese invented the concept of ’scientific’ whaling in 1987 as a way round the moratorium on commercial whaling instituted by the the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Their research is not really research. It is an excuse for supplying whale meat on the Japanese market

I find it interesting that Japan claim to be killing whales for research. This is not very truthful. Go to any large supermarket in Japan and you will likely be able to find whale meat on sale. I wonder how much research shoppers are doing on the meat?

Japan is very well known throughout the world for all kinds of great tasting foods including sushi, tempura as well as the ubiquitous rice. This grain is a popular food for vegans ( and is eaten in high quantities in Asia and Africa.

The Japanese Zen philosophy is in stark contrast to the pain and suffering caused to whales (and dolphins) by fishermen from this island nation. Rice on the other hand is a food that is much more aligned with nature.

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Having lived in the UK for a number of years no i have never been whale or dolphin watching in our British waters before. This all changed this summer when i decided to take a trip north to Scotland for a week to firstly visit some friends and also take the chance to visit the coast and hopefully partake in some whale watching. 

I booked myself a lodge via that i could use as a base for my week long visit meaning i could come and go as i please not having to worry about late arrivals or leaving early in the morning.

Arriving late on the Sunday evening i decided to relax and enjoy all the activities and facilities that the resort had to offer having a sauna and swim before enjoying a night cap as i had an early start in the morning heading up to the Scottish Dolphin Centre in the Spey Bay to go and do some dolphin watching and learn about all the good work that they have been doing. 

Lucky for me the Monday was a beautifully clear day with meaning that the was a clear views out into the bay and there was a school of dolphins that had been kicking about and playing in the warm waters after spending the morning there and chatting to a number of the staff one of the locals offered to take me out on their boat to get a more close up view of the dolphins. 

That afternoon i went out in the boat to get a closer view, take the small fishing boat out into the bay we headed out carefully not to in danger any of the dolphins and before i knew it there was dolphins  jumping though the wash that the boat was creating and swimming along side us. We soon cut the engines and let sat to enjoy the animals in the wild. 

Thankfully i went on this day as the rest of the week took a turn for the worst with the classic Scottish bad weather kicking in and ruining all chance of getting a good view of anymore but it is certainly another trip i would be willing to take in the chance of another great experience. 

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Do you what is the biggest animal in our planet? It is whale. Whales are the biggest animal that has been found so far on our planet. They have an enormous size of body, also they are very heavy. They can grow up to 100 feet in length and its fin can grow up to 88 fits.

There are some unique facts about whales which are not known for us. Whales can sleep. When whales sleep, they only put one-half of their brain to rest. It is very odd to know that whales can sleep. They sleep with a half brain so that they still can take a deep breath to the surface.

Don’t forget that whales are mammals that need air to breathe. Also, they do that to keep alert for dangerous around them. Whales have a sense to hear, just like us, a human being. They can hear sound clear enough. It is known that whales have an excellent hearing ability.

Just like in the article, best automatic litter box reviews, kitties listen to you when you ask them to use box, but whales have better hearing than kitty to listen slightest sound. Whales also have a very long life span. Have you ever guessed? Bowhead, one of popular species from whales, can be lived for over 200 years, compared to human than can only live for 112 years.

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There have been lots of sightings of Whales over the last month in Oregon.  There have even be some sightings of the usually rarer humpback whales recorded by some of the officials from the Whale Watch Centre.

The increase is probably due to the calm and sunny conditions recently.  Firstly you are able to see the whales more easily, particularly due to the smaller waves size.  The calm is also good for the Whales too, calm conditions are much better for plankton and other food to grow much more quickly.

The numbers are really quite impressive, in fact on September 20th – ten whales were spotted.  Nearly every day through September at least 5 per day were spotted.

So how do you go about watching these whales.  Well the best places to see them are from promontories with lighthouses.  Try Neahkahnie Mountain up on the North Coast or Yaquine head on the central coast. Remember that the number of sightings can vary enormously with the seasons.  Also the type of whale will vary with the seasons too, one of the best times is through the end of March when lots of sightings are usually made.

It’s a very good time to see the Grays which migrate towards the end of March and they travel in large groups which makes them easier to spot.  Also the 14 foot blow helps spot them too.  If you want to get more information on whales further afield then check out the environmental and nature site on the BBC website.  You might need to use this technique to get access – which demonstrates how to use the website.

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Even though the biggest enemy to wales are hunters, ship sonars, fishery nets and sanity of the water, the global warming has recently raised awareness for whale friends and scientists. Global warming has certainly made a bad impact to whale migration, feeding and mating. As global warming raises the temperature there are several factors that gives an impact to whale population such as:

  • Declining sanity of the water because of increased rainfalls as well as ice melting;
  • Raised ocean water temperature;
  • Loss of icy polar habitats;
  • Decline of plankton and krill population that is the food of most of the whale species;

In last 20-30 years some drastic climate changes has caused whales, dolphins and other sea animals to adopt, however it is hard in such a short period of time. If the global warming continues, the results can be hazardous as many sea species are very sensitive for such changes and may not adopt and therefor would not survive this climate change. According to scientists – the greatest climate change impact is regarded to Arctic and Antarctic territories. All things considered this can result in much greater damages to whale populations all over the world as well as sea life in general. It is important to inform the society about the global warming and its impact on sea animals such as our beloved whales. Everyone can start with recycling paper and glass, and choosing a better car, for example a hybrid or electric car with low or no co2 emissions. Some great car videos you can check in and start thinking greener today as well as helping whales of the deep seas! We have to act now and every little helps! By educating your family and friends you would make a real difference! Start thinking green and stopping the climate change!

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So you want to lose weight right? Well, a lot of people also want that but the problem is that they usually don’t take the time to do a proper research in order to find out how to effortless and easily achieve their goals.

I’ve spoken and coached many people along the years and the majority of them that did indeed achieved their goals on losing weight had one thing in common: they all frequented good gym clubs where they felt energetic and excited about exercising. It is not just about the “right place” – but the right focus!

So in order to get some good fitness prices for your membership subscription, here are some tips that will certainly help you reduce the amount of dollars you pay:

› Negotiate for bulk deals: if you are 100% sure that you will be going to your gym for more than one year, then you should definitely try getting a deal for 2 years or more. Usually gyms and other fitness centers will offer a very good discount if you sign up with them with contracts longer than a year.

Bring a friend!: besides helping someone else also losing weight, you might get a good deal on your own membership as gyms usually go out of their way when you bring someone together. Expect to get at least a 10-20% discount with these.

Reduced gym time: if you know you won’t be going to your gym at least 5 times a week, perhaps you can negotiate for a better deal and pay less while going to the gym only twice or thrice times a week.

So hopefully with these tips you will be able to get a good fitness deal for yourself and get in shape as soon as possible!

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How many people set goals for the new year that involve losing weight, keeping fit or giving up smoking? I would say 95% of people who choose a resolution will go for one of those mentioned. If you are wanting to improve your health there are a few things that will help you along the way.

Training: Gym Vs Boot-Camp Training

When people decide to get themselves fit and lose those unwanted pounds the first thing most do is join a gym. Now, while there is nothing wrong with that it requires extra will power to maintain a level that will produce results. A large percentage of people give up before they see any results and to add to that carry on paying their gym membership for a year because they are either under contract or still have the best intentions to go.

Another solution and one that is becoming more popular is Boot Camp training. This involves joining in with a group and put through your paces, in most cases nutritional advice will also be given. This way of training is definitely recommended for anyone that loses momentum in the gym, with the boot-camp you will be pushed hard as it is results based training. Many people see results within 4-6 weeks of attending regular classes. This is the way to go for results!

Cut Back On The Bad Stuff

The bad stuff we are talking about is unhealthy foods, alcohol and smoking. There is no need to quit any immediately, just do a little at a time, if you smoke switch to smokeless cigarettes. Use The Safe Cig coupon code to get a discount on any starter kit and get your nicotine hit in a different way.

If you live on takeaway food then try and cut that back to just one takeaway meal a week, the same goes with alcohol. When cooking take a little more time to plan your meals and eat lots of lean meats and good vegetables like broccoli.

They are just a couple of ways you can help yourself reach your goals in 2012. The only thing you need to do now is take action!


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Whales are the biggest animals recognized so far on our planet. They’re heavy and extremely large in size. A whale can grow up to 100 feet in length and its fin can grow up to 88 fits. There are many facts about Whales which are not known to common folks like you and I. Therefore, I try to pen down some facts about whales in this short post.

Whales Too Sleep

When Whales fall asleep they put one-half of their brain to rest. It sounds strange to know that whales sleep too? Actually, they come to the surface of the water to breath and it is then their one-half brain is resting and other half is awake. This ensures their safety in the environment and keeps them away from any type of dangers and disorders.

Whales Hear Too

Like us human beings Whales too have a sense to hear. They can hear things loud and clear. Though it’s still not sure whether they can smell or taste, it’s very much known that Whales have an excellent hearing ability. Like your kitty listens to you when you ask her to use an automatic litter box, whales hear even the slightest noise near them. And they act too.

Whales Live Long

Compared to us humans, whales live long. One of the popular species named bowhead is said to live for over 200 years. Yes, almost two centuries of life. Isn’t that amazing?

If you want to know more facts about whales, you can accompany the groups that go on expedition or can read books.

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Sometimes you come across a film like ’Big Miracle’ which seems designed purely to please the crowds.There’s a huge star studded cast, but the plot is rather contrived which is a shame for a movie with this much potential. 

Despite this, perhaps because it’s heart is in the right place, it’s actually quite an enjoyable movie.  

SO the plot is basically about three whales, one of them an infant, that are trapped under the Alaskan Ice at the most Northern point.  This happens at the start of the long Artic Winter of 1988.  The scene is set as an journalist (played by John  Krasinski) comes across the whales accidentally whilst filming a report.  This leads to global headlines as the stroy goes viral across the world.    From this point the journalist is joined by many people across the world as hundreds of celebraties join the campaign to save the whales. However there are also loads of sub plots mainly based around an eco friendly theme which can get a little confusing.  The film is fairly predictible, mainly because most of  the plots are obvious.

But this doesn’t detract completely from this film. The ’Big Miracle’ is a huge stereotype of other fims in the animal rescue genre.But again, there are some great performances and although the whole thing is verly melodramatic some scenes are genuinely moving.If you have any interest in Whales, the Environment in general then you’ll probably enjoy this film.It’s not great but it had a feelgood ending and is an enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours.

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Khao Lak is in Phang-Nga Province in the south of Thailand. Khao Lak is both the name of a town on the Andaman Coast as well as a series of long golden sand beaches stretching along the west coast of Thailand. For all those people not keen on the noise, crowds and high prices of nearby Phuket island, Khao Lak is a great alternative. It has the same great beaches as Phuket but offers good value mid-range accommodation, peaceful beach settings and is family friendly.

The beaches in the Khao Lak region start with Bangsak in the north, then Pakarang, then Khuk Khak, then Bang Niang, then Nang Tong, then Lamru and Finally Khao Lak beach. The two busiest beaches are Nang Tong and Bang Niang. This is because they are the closest to all the shops, bars, restaurants and facilities of the main town (that is also sometimes called Nang Tong or Bang La On). On all of the beaches of Khao Lak you will find long stretches of nearly deserted beach. The resorts are well spread out and several make the slightly false boast that they offer private beach front.

Rooms in resorts with air-con, hot water and TV normally start at about $30 a night in the low season. The cheapest place to stay is probably Khao Lak Youth Hostel. The more expensive places include the Beyond Resort Khao Lak (Bangsak), and the JW Marriott Khaolak (Khuk Khak).

The drawcards of Khao Lak are the diving opportunities just off the coast at the Similan Islands and Surin Islands, and a visit to Khao Lak Lamru National Park. It is usual for people to do a 2 or 3 night liveaboard cruise of the best diving spots of the Similan Islands. It is the best place in Thailand to dive and in the top 10 diving areas in the world. You can see mantas, whale sharks, sharks, moray eels, turtles as well as an abundance of fish and colorful corals. Lamru National Park is composed of rainforest rich in flora and fauna and a stretch of coast that is great for relaxing and snorkeling.

For those who enjoy beach culture, diving, snorkeling, laid back ambience and peaceful accommodation Khao Lak is definitely worth a visit. If you just want to party then go to Phuket.

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Our Whales are in danger and one of the most important initiatives to help protect them are the Marine Protected Areas.  These are specially designated areas of the ocean where human activity is restricted in order to help conserve the natural habitats and provide a safe area for marine life.  It’s actually a bit of a generic term which covers all sorts of different protected areas and conservation initiatives.

The MPA is basically a highest level of protection – there is normally no commercial fishing or industrial use allowed in these areas. Another more specific area defined in Europe is the Special Area of Conservation.  These are controlled by National governments and are primarily implemented to protect  the habitats of marine species like whales, porpoises and dolphins.

For creatures such as whales and dolphins which are very mobile you might think that having specific areas is of lilttle use.  However nearly all species have crucial areas which are vital for their survival.  These might be areas where they breed or seasonal feeding grounds – protecting such key areas can have a huge impact on a species survival chances.

It can be that MPAs are only assigned for these specific times.   So that an area known to be a breeding ground for certain months of a year is assigned MPA status for that period only.  This can allow restrictions on human activity over this period and more relaxed at other times.

There are many more initiatives happening across the world.  It’s worth checking out scientific and media sites especially if you’re keen on keeping up to date on news on Whales or dolphins for example.  Unfortunately there are often restrictions on  many sites – for example some American media and scientific sites are only available to people who are based in the US – check this site out if you need help –  It will show you the options for changing your IP address to be able to access those sites without restriction.

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Do you what is the biggest animal in our planet? It is whale. Whales are the biggest animal that has been found so far on our planet. They have an enormous size of body, also they are very heavy. They can grow up to 100 feet in length and its fin can grow up to 88 fits.

There are some unique facts about whales which are not known for us. Whales can sleep. When whales sleep, they only put one-half of their brain to rest. It is very odd to know that whales can sleep. They sleep with a half brain so that they still can take a deep breath to the surface.

Don’t forget that whales are mammals that need air to breathe. Also, they do that to keep alert for dangerous around them. Whales have a sense to hear, just like us, a human being. They can hear sound clear enough. It is known that whales have an excellent hearing ability.

Just like in the article, best automatic cat litter box reviews, kitties listen to you when you ask them to use box, but whales have better hearing than kitty to listen slightest sound. Whales also have a very long life span. Have you ever guessed? Bowhead, one of popular species from whales, can be lived for over 200 years, compared to human than can only live for 112 years.

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There was a very sad end to the story of the whale that got washed up on a beach in Cornwall.  It happened at Carylon bay and the 65 foot long fin whale got stranded.  There was a crowd of about 300 people but thankfully they were cordoned off so as to limit th stress on the poor creature.

An attempt was made to rescue the animal by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team however after examining the whale it was determined that it was already to sick to be saved.  It was simply too ill to be refloated and any attempt would have simply caused the animal further distress.  The animal was incredibly undernourished and an extremely high breathing rate which means it was extremely ill.

The poor thing also had a gash on it’s belly, an eye injury to add to it’s woes of being stranded on an outgoing tide.  The whale was so ill it would have been crueler to put the whale back at sea anyway.  Fortunately the whale passed on fairly quickly although it was clearly in a distressed state.  There’s lots more information on whales and some wonderful documentaries more uplifting than this sad tale on the BBC website.  If you are outside the United Kingdom you can use this technique to help watch all the programmes.  It’s perfectly straight forward and just involved hiding your real IP address so that you don’t get blocked.

There are some more clips on YouTube and various media archives


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Gift giving is one of the most exciting things we do as humans, but also one of the most stressful isn’t it?  As an example, think back to your first Christmas as a married couple-there was a lot of pressure wasn’t there?

One pretty easy gift to give is a wine gift.  It can take a number of formats, from a single bottle of wine, a wine club membership over a number of months or even a wine gift basket.  If you’re going to send wine gift though, you have to worry about both the quality as well as the presentation.  After all, if the gift shows up in a box which Fedex has partially destroyed and the label of the wine is basically ruined-it stands to reason that the person opening the box might not be nearly as excited about the gift, don’t you think?

Just as high end retailers offer high quality wrapping around Christmas, take an extra few minutes and even use part of your budget for a good wrapping job with your next wine gift and you’ll probably be thrilled with the results!

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It must be an awesome sight to actually see this in real life and some scientists have actually had the experience.  They believe it’s the first sighting of an adult white killer whale or Orca as it’s also known.   They gave it the nickname ’Iceberg’ and it was spotted off the coast of Russia.  All seems to be well with it and it’s living as part of an established and healthy pod in that area.


There have been other claims to have seen white versions of other whale types.  In fact there was one in captivity in Canada, however all these were very young and none survived very long.  This particular whale was postted from a ship conducting a research cruise run by Russian scientists and their students.  They also claimed to have seen white orcas before but again never an adult one.   They are estimating that Iceberg is about 15 years old and a male.

It’s not known exactly what has caused this unusual pigment, but there are various health and genetic conditions that could explain his coloring.

There have been lots of other sightings of different species of whale which have this albino trait.  However surely  the most famous white whale is a fictional one – the star of the book Moby Dick and his battles with Captain Ahab.  There is a lot more information on this subject on the BBC website – in fact if you are quick you’ll pick up some cracking natural history programmes on IPlayer.  If you have difficult accessing the site because you outside the UK – this post explains how you can use a UK proxy to gain access to British TV like the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player wherever you are.

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The whale is a beautiful and graceful creature whose name has unjustly been hijacked to signify someone who has an unhealthy lifestyle and has allowed their weight to balloon. I am sure we have all heard the jokes about Greenpeace pushing an overweight person back in the water as if they were a beached whale.

Sadly there is a very serious health issue being ignored with this mockery and it is an issue that sometimes takes drastic measures to set right in order to save someone.

Some people may opt for things like liposuction as they feel like it is the only option left to them due to their having no self control. Like drug abuse or alcoholism it is often seen as a problem that is out of the control of the “sufferer” but there is always a point at which that afore mentioned sufferer starts the ill fated journey such as the first drink/hit/burger. Self control can be difficult but it needs to be mastered if they have any hope of ever living a healthy lifestyle.

Plastic surgery can be a great way to kick-start a healthy lifestyle for some; if you only go forliposuction, however, researchers say your health (and fat levels) could take a hit. In fact, evidence shows that if you don’t make an effort to maintain the fat-loss you get from liposuction, fat cells are likely to come back with a vengeance—instead of resurfacing under your skin, they’ll regenerate deeper in your abdomen, where fat storage is more correlated with certain health risks. The only solution, they say, is exercise.

So with this in mind it really is up to the person themselves whether they can do that but having support from family and friends can go a long way to making the difficult journey possible.



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It took me until my forty fifth year, but I finally managed to see a whale with my own eyes.  It was I’m reliably informed that it was a blue whale and I spotted it off the coast of North America.  To be more specific it was at Monteray Bay in California where the blue whales migrate to feed in Late September/August.   To be honest though I would never have found them without enlisting the help of a special Whale watching group called the Monterey Whale Watch group.  If you’re in the area I can well recommend them, you actually get your tour run by a marine biologist not some half interested youth with a microphone.  You’ll see lots more that just a whale as there’s a host of marine and bird life in the area.

It’s been a long quest for me and to be honest one that has been dormant for some time.  I’ve always enjoyed watching shows about whales but circumstances have meant that seeing one has not been practical.  Let me tell you that these wonderful, huge yet graceful animals will not disappoint when you see them in real life.  The reason I restarted my quest to see a whale was two fold – firstly I had a promotion and funds were not quite as limited as in previous times.  The second reason was a little bizarre but I like to think it was fate.

I have a friend who has come to work in the same company as me for 12 months.  He’s originally from the UK and works in Sales, he called me in as he knew I worked in the IT department.  He had a problem that he was feeling a bit homesick and missing lots of things about his homeland.  One of the big things was that he missed watch the British news and had tried to watch it online but kept getting blocked.  He asked me if I could figure out a way to watch the News on his computer.  Turns out it was fairly simple, the reason he was being blocked was that the BBC site restricted access to Non-UK IP addressess.  This was fairly simple to bypass he just needed a BBC Iplayer proxy- , this was a computer which would present a British address rather than his real one.

It turned out this worked perfectly and my friend was very happy.  But how did this related to Whales I hear you ask – well when texting this solution I visited the BBC website to test it.  On their site I found a truly incredible nature show called The Blue Planet.  It was presented by David Attenborough and a fabulous show all about whales – seek it out, it’s wonderful.  My spark was reunited after watching the show and the rest as they say is history.

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Reverse engineering is a hot topic at the moment. It is a system of engineering and design that can be applied to electronic machines, mechanical itemsas well as computer hardware and software to allow engineers to replicate designs without having the plans. The idea was first successfully used during World War Two by both the Allied forces and the Nazis to make sense of captured equipment.

Reverse engineering continued in the same vein during the Cold War. In 1960 China fell out with the Soviet Union and as a result the country spent the next 20 years reverse engineering Soviet military hardware for its army. It is this hard work that has given China such a head start in the modern race to produce mass consumner goods for export. China has successfully reverse engineered TVs, computers and even large passenger planes from European and American models. This is of course much to the chagrin of companies and governments in the West.

There is, however, several legitimate uses for reverse engineering other than military espionage and industrial theft. Software engineers will often attempt to reverse engineer source code where the original is lost. It is also a good way to test computer codes for bugs and buried security problems. There is also a certain amount of reverse engineering invloved in trying to understsand archaeological finds and their purpose.

It is also possible that in the future we might encounter alien technology. Without aliens to help us, reverse engineering might be our best chance to understand their technology, and the culturte that produced it.

The desire to take things apart to find how they work, and then to try and build another one is as old as humanity; and it is a desire that is behind our ability to adapt and thrive as a species.

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When we first started talking about doing a gift basket guide, I didn’t want to follow through.  Frankly, the topic is way too big to be manageable.

I decided, I would try and get some information out there about a sub market of gift baskets, specifically wine gift baskets.

One reason I think wine works well in gift basket offerings is that it pairs incredibly well with food.  Specifically a great wine red can pair well with steak (obviously) as well as nuts and other delicacies.

One of the most important aspects to selecting a wine gift basket, in my estimation, is to find a gift basket which is centered around quality wines which are not freely available in your local market.

Personally speaking I hate paying for shipping, so seeing a bottle of wine that I paid $8, or more, for shipping sitting on a grocery store shelf doesn’t work for me.

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I first fell in love with whales when I was 10 years old. I saw a movie ,like so many other millions of children, by the name of Free Willy. Looking back on it now it seems like a silly intro. But it did spark a passion that I never knew I had. Free Willy showed me., That there were massive beasts in the ocean that we’re capable of immense pleasure and joy.  So much joy, that they jumped out of the water and splashed around for fun, Watching whales breach is an amazing experience, you feel very small. I’ve never understood exactly how they make me feel. The only words I ever have are “incredible”, “amazing”, and especially “wow”.

But until recently I have been willing to let them, be themselves, a long way away. But now that I am retiring, I think I want to dedicate more time to the animals I love so much. Early retirement is a great thing because you still have the energy to the physical things you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t think you be able to when you retired. I’m still out there climbing mountains, I’m still going to enter races. Not a thing but my doctor is going to slow me down especially now that I don’t have to worry about work.

Some of the best knowledge I have gained, has come from my job. But now I think I’m ready to learn in a different way. Learn from nature, and from my body. I desperately want to understand where I sit in the universe and with these beautiful whales. I’m looking for properties to rent near the Pacific Ocean, Oregon, Washington. So that I can be near the whales that I have loved my whole life. Even though that life has only crossed its 35th year.

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I had a troubled upbringing you could say. I never stayed anywhere for too long, constantly being moved from one foster home to another, when i was 18 i decided to see the world- i thought it would be an escape from the humdrum and would cancel out all the bad things i had seen, done and inflicted on myself. Never did i think that a whale watching trip would change my world so drastically.

But before that wonderful day I driffted from country to country sneaking round visa requirements and working under the table, sometimes doing things that i’d rathe not mention.
Then came the whales. I had some spare cash and something just drew me to the whale watching trip. Onboard we didn’t see anything for the first hour and then they came. One whale in particular ( an Orca i later learned) came up so close to the boat and kind of rolled on it’s side and looked at me with its beutiful big eye. It doesn’t sound that intense but i felt lifted by this whale, it seemed to see right through to my soul. The next day i returned home to Britain, my travelling was done and i wanted a fresh start. I went for tattoo removal to get rid of all my amateur self inflicted tattoos that i thought chronicled my life but i now reealise was something to hide behind. With clean skin and a clear head i trained as a social worker and am now helping kids like myself to avoid the mistakes i made. I still wonder about that whale. I hope i see it again one day, was it sent to save me or did i just need a living creature to look at me with no judgement?

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The history of gunsmithing is a fascinating one, and it is often discussed in classes at the Pennsylvania gunsmith school in Pittsburgh, PA. Sadly, though, one of the things that students learn is that whale oil used to be very popular for lubricating small gun parts. Sperm oil in particular was often used for springs.

Whale oil, despite being incredibly expensive, was very popular in the 1800s and was used as a lubricant for all sorts of products, including trains. Because of this, many species of whales were driven to the brink of extinction.

However, that all changed in 1857 with Michael Dietz’s kerosene lamp invention. Almost immediately the demand for whale oil dropped and kerosene, also known as coal oil, production skyrocketed. It is estimated that had coal oil not been introduced onto the market when it had, nearly every species of whale would have been extinct in only another ten years.

Whales face a whole new set of challenges today than they did back in the 1800s when whale oil was popular. Luck was on the whales’ side back in the 1800s; let’s hope it happens again.

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Whales and dolphins are some of the most harmless animals in the world. In the 16th hundred whales numbered in the millions and the oceans where filled with many species.It was only when the whaling industry started in the 17th century that they have been systematically hunted down for their whale oil, meat, baleen and a perfume ingredient called ambergris. Since the whaling industry has been in business for almost 3 centuries now that time has seen the decline of whale species putting then in the endangered list today.

The business case is this. Stop the hunt for whales and use tourism as the solution for keeping them in our oceans.

With more than three centuries of devastation in our oceans it is time to put a stop to the whaling industry and let whales and dolphins regain the numbers that they have lost after years of whale hunting.

Who eats whale meat these days? It is not a staple food for most cultures. The world can do without whale meat. Whale oil has alternatives now. It has out grown its use when kerosene, petroleum, and jojoba oil were developed. We can leave whale oil to the whales and use the alternative oils for commercial use. Even the baleen that was so prized in the 17th century for use as collar stiffeners, buggy whips, and parasol ribs have out grown their use. The industrial revolution made sure of that.

The times are saying to give the whales and dolphins back the ocean. They need to be able to live in their habitat without threat of being hunted down for parts that can be easily manufactured by 21st century technology. If countries want to earn from their whale population the best solution is tourism. Encourage people to see the whales living happily in their natural environment. Allow them to appreciate the beauty of these magnificent animals that have been in our oceans longer than the existence of civilization.

Some countries have caught on to the value of tourism as a sustainable industry for making the most of the presence of whales and dolphins in their waters. It’s a great solution to hunt them down to observe the gentle giants way of life in the waters. People and these regal animals of the sea should be able to exist harmoniously with each other from now on. Whales can benefit from the willingness of people to understand and care for them as harmless inhabitants of the sea.

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The Gulf of Thailand is a very popular tourist destination. In the upper reaches of the Gulf there are Koh Samet and Koh Chang. In the southern part of the Gulf are Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. It is an area that offers great weather, calm, tsunami free seas, magical beaches and plenty of excellent accommodation.

The island of Koh Tao is one of the smallest Thai islands in the Gulf. It is called turtle island because of its shape. It does, however, have some turtle breeding areas. The thing that makes Koh Tao famous, however, is its diving. Koh Tao is the second most popular spot in the world to learn scuba diving. Only the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has more people taking PADI courses.

The reason for Koh Tao’s popularity as a place to learn diving is due to its clear waters and excellent dive sites. There are a number of corals to explore off the coast with plenty of fish, turtles, eels and sharks to see.  Great beaches for diving and snorkeling in Koh Tao include Nang Yuan, Mango Bay, Jansom Bay and Sai Daeng.

The most famous dive site is Sail Rock. Here it is often possible to see whale sharks. This is a filter feeding shark that looks like a whale. It is in fact the largest fish species in the world.

To see whales in the Gulf of Thailand it is necessary to go to the upper reaches of the Gulf in such areas as Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, and Phetchaburi. Here there are about 20 Bryde’s Whales as well as over 100 Irrawaddy dolphins.

The trouble is that since someone posted video footage of the  Bryde’s whales in the Gulf there has been a massive upturn in tourism in the area.  There are too many tour boats going out to spot the whales. These boats are getting too close to the whales. The result has been that in just a few months whale numbers have drastically reduced. Local and national authorities have so far done nothing to stop the damage been caused by the tour boats. Plans have been mooted to limit tour boats to just 2 or 3 areas so as not to inhibit the whales from feeding and breeding.

This is a good example of how whale watching needs to be carefully regulated.

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I love whale watching.  Ever since that first time I saw a humpback whale breach just meters away from my boat I’ve been hooked.  I was in Nicaragua at the time, exploring real estate opportunities when I walked past a sign advertising a trip to see the whales.

We jetted out of San Juan del Sur harbor and into the swell of the Pacific.  Our boat was tiny, and felt even more so once we got close to the whales.  There’s a real sense of vulnerability that you feel when you get up close to these beautiful mammals.  A pod of around 6 whales stayed with us for around an hour, blowing, breaching and diving.

As sunset approached I managed to snag a stunning photo of the tail fluke shimmering against the reddening sky.  I have that on my desk in front of me as I’m writing this.  And even though it’s been over 10 years since that first trip with the humpbacks all I have to do is take one look at that photo and I’m transported back in time.

On my desk is another photo.  It’s of a beachfront property that I bought in Nicaragua on the same visit.  The property is located on Playa Madera, just north of San Juan del Sur in a perfect spot just a few minutes walk to the surf.  I visit every year and love the peace and tranquility.  If you’re interested in Nicaragua real estate for sale (and I highly recommend it) then you should certainly check out what’s on offer over at

I’m now a pretty good surfer, but each time I get on a board I’m tempted to paddle out into the deep to see if I can find some whales.  Unfortunately they don’t come in as far these days as they used to, so the whale watching trips are not being offered any more.

In some ways I prefer it.  Whales in Nicaragua can remain my personal story.

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Whale hunting is a serious problem. Unlike with other endangered species there seems to be little agreement between countries about banning whale hunting. The Faroe Islands, Norway, Iceland and Japan continue to break the moratorium on whaling. Japan does so by issuing a ridiculous amount of permits for whaling for ‘scientific purposes’. Japan also uses its money to ‘buy off’ poorer members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) so as to continue its immoral and disingenuous whaling policies.

There are a number of things the average person can do. Since the international community won’t do anything the onus is on normal citizens to take up the fight to preserve whale numbers.

Other than joining radical groups like Sea Shepherd that dangerously fight whaling boats on the high seas, there are consumer choices that you can make to help the whales.

1) Visit the Faroe Islands and other such places and pay to go on environmentally friendly whale watching tours. Whaling is all about money. If watching whales can be shown to be more lucrative than killing whales then fishermen will start to use their boats to take out tourists instead of going to kill whales.

2) Write to your MP or Congressman – whoever represents you democratically – and demand to know what he or she is doing to stop the illegal hunting of whales. Using the democratic process will force the issue into the media lime light and make action morel likely.

3) Boycott going on holiday to countries that hunt whales. Don’t go to Japan, instead book a private villa in Koh Phangan or visit Macchu Pichu or the Taj Mahal. At the same time don’t buy food products from Norway, Iceland or Japan. If other industries start to suffer because of whaling they will put internal pressure on their governments to change the fishing laws.

Together we can save the whales.

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There are plenty of things to see in Chicago. Many think of the downtown area, Mag Mile, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and Wilis Towers. Or perhaps they visit other landmarks like Wrigley Field. But there is plenty of other things to see that you can find tucked away in a Chicago guide. If you’re looking for a different kind of Midwest vacation, don’t get whiplash from all the stuff there is to see! Here are a few offbeat suggestions.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is filled with culture, nature, and shopping. There are plenty of great restaurants and tree-lined streets in the neighborhood. Also, many festivals occur during the summer, especially on the weekends. Some of the festivals include Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Fest, Gay Pride Parade, the Outdoor Movie Festival, and the Christkindlmarket in the winter.

If you’re looking for a different kind of museum, check out the Irish Heritage Center in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. It has a library, museum, the Fifth Province Irish pub, a 658-seat auditorium, and more. Plenty of interesting things to see in Chicago!

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Whale migration paths are one of the most studied in the scientific community. It is well known that whales migrate to accommodate there diets as well as mating behaviors and thus, it is almost always seasonal. Humpback whales for example travel south during the fall to take advantage of a warmer climate and a surplus of food. When Spring comes around, the reverse is true and they migrate north. This “travelling” has been studied carefully and many whales are tagged with radio and camera equipment so that scientists can get a closer look at the adventures a whale embarks on during migration.

Whale migration paths are in many ways very similar to early human migration paths. Go south during the colder months to take advantage of the warmer climate and go north during the summer months to have a slightly cooler climate that accommodates a variety of plant and animal growth. This behavior can even be seen in today’s modern travel industry. One trip advisor spoke about  the current trend of people buying holiday homes to visit depending on the season and when not in use, how more and more holiday home owners are renting out for visitors on a holiday vacation. Clearly we’re not so different from them after-all.

Most of these reports can be picked up from a variety of web sites, including however some of the global news outlets are best for up to date information as they can tap into the (very expensive) global news feeds.  My favorite new source online is to watch BBC News live, when you get used to using the interface and switching between the live TV and iPlayer pages it’s amazing how much information you can pick up.  The BBC website also is very generous with supplying links to other external resources if they’re relevant.

Please be aware that most of the BBC website is not accessible outside the UK though, unless you us either a VPN or Smart DNS solution to hide your exact location.



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As many of you know the whale is a very beautiful and majestic creature. While we as whale lovers may already have  an appreciation for the creature, it seems like street artists are beginning to appreciate it as well. With a quick search on Google one can find many pictures of whale graffiti. To my surprise whales actually look pretty cool when depicted in a unique underground style.  Whales are starting to appear more and more in urban artwork. You could be driving down the street in a major city and be surprised when you see a giant whale spray painted  on an ally wall! If you would like to check out some really awesome whale graffiti just pull up Google and search whale graffiti. You will be shocked to see how much whale art is really out there!

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As is the case with all natural resources there is a strong connection between consumer demand and natural resource protection. As the world’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, it is becoming the case that both organic and inorganic natural resources are being depleted. Forests are being cleared to make flooring, furniture and to grow food. Coal, oil and gas deposits are being drained to sustain growing modern economies. At the same time things like oil spills are killing marine and other wild life resources. Carbon emissions are changing weather patterns that are threatening to flood coastal land areas and turn many areas into deserts.

The decline in numbers of whales is all part of this process. Capitalism demands consumer consumption. For economies to grow, people to have jobs to go to and cars to drive we must all consume more. Mass media indoctrinates us into believing this philosophy.

In Japan they have successfully removed political debate about the legality and morality of whale hunting by turning the issue into a case of foreigners attacking Japan. The hysteria of nationalism masks the hypocrisy of a country that says it kills whales for scientific experiments and then puts the whale meat on supermarket shelves.

It is the duty of the consumer to think for him or herself, and to consume in a way that will help conserve natural resources. It is vital that people reduce electricity consumption at home by installing suitable programmable thermostats; that they use CFLs; that they conserve water. We don’t have to radically reduce our living standards, but we do have to radically re-think our consumer choices and urge our political representatives to propose sustainable economic policies that will allow us to conserve our natural environment and such endangered species such as whales.

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I have many books on whales and my favourite place to read is in my  halls greenhouse on a warm Spring day, this time of year is so enjoyable apart from my nemesis my unkempt grass.

Cutting the grass can be very time consuming especially if you have a large garden.  In the summer months the grass probably will need to be cut once a week.  The best way to do this is to remove any garden ornaments or seats, basically anything which can be removed first.  This will make the job easier and quicker. 

Obviously certain things cannot be removed like greenhouses and sheds.  If you have a lawn mower which collects the cuttings this will save you having to rake the grass.  Cutting around the edges of paths and around things like greenhouses can be difficult.  This can be done with a pair of shears but this could take quite some time.  The best option is with a strimmer but the cuttings will need to be raked up after.

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I have always been asked by many people why I do not leave the house and spend more time on my computer. The thing that bewildered them most I guess is I have so much money with me even when I do not have a regular job. I tell them that it is because I have an online business which is being managed by a seo agency I hired. This company employed a systematic way for my business to start, get customers and earn huge profits.

The company I hired laid out a business plan that was suitable to the type of business I owned.   It made a thorough research on the product I sold and the kind of customers needed. Because it was skilled in making a website, writing, programming and internet marketing, my online business was set up quickly.

When I saw the website of my business, I could not help but feel stunned and contented. It was beautiful and very attractive. The company then used online marketing strategies such as article marketing, affiliate marketing, social networking, pay-per-click advertisement, video marketing and forum marketing to make my business visible on the web. The company also had a dedicated team that divided tasks among each other so that things will run smoothly.

I never regretted hiring an internet marketing company. I could have just made my own website using free online tools and did all the marketing myself. This would have taken much of my time and I would not be enjoying the extra income I now make. With the right website, the proper advertising tools and a well-supervised website, my company earned numerous customers and made huge sales.

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It would not be uncommon to be in a situation that will call for you to make some significant payment on some any kind of borrowing done. This may well refer to the mortgage loans as well as any other debts that will be extended to some deserving individuals. With such circumstances, it would be most handy had you the services of the interest calculator.

You will then be in a position to understand what amount of money you will be supposed to dispense on top of the principal amount that you had acquired. This critical information will be very relevant towards determining the level of installment to dispatch over the given period of time provided for the repayment.

As a basic necessity will be for you to have all the information relating to the loan that you would wish to calculate interest upon. By feeding this data to your machine you will then be able to get the mathematics worked out for you in the easiest method possible.

Also critical for you to have in place is the nature of importance that you are to pay or will allow.This will either be the compound where the principal will include the interest earned in the former period or it be the simple significance in which case there will be some flat and regular pay towards the principal.

Most of these kinds of calculators are available online. What is most important is for you to ensure you pick on the rightful website where you can have all your demands met in the most efficient manner. Upon feeding all the relevant data such as interest rate, length of repayment and loan amount the calculator will perform the basic arithmetic necessary.

You are then able to have the results of the process detailing on the total amount of money you will need to pay at the end of the period as well as the proportion that will go in as the interest on the principal earned.

The use of this calculator has many more advantages over the manual procedure. Among the many advantages will be on the accuracy thus derived. The programming on the calculator is as effective as to give the most efficient and reliable feedback relating to the importance.

More to it is the issue of having some high level of professionalism in the whole pint. As such there will be more confidence in the outcome as compared to the manual way whereby there is the likelihood of some bias on the results obtained thus; thus placing some level of compromise on the quality.

There is at the same time the aspect of having the most updates that will affect the significance determination. This will be with respect with changing factors such as the inflation which in one way or the other will alter the interest rates to be absorbed into the payment process.

Going by the nature of the needs that you have at hand concerning the money issues and important aspects in it, it is very desirable that one should in fact opt for the use of an interest calculator. This will go a long way to having your specific mathematics best handled.

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It is assumed that about 1 % of laboratory animals is used for educational purposes around the world. According to various estimations, this seemingly nominal percentage still represents use of up to 100 million vertebrates around the world each year, and much more of invertebrates, whose protection is not usually defined in legislation.

In most countries, the use of animals in education of any level is usually not recorded, and the legislation related to this area does not exist (e.g. in China). However, there are also exceptions, when for example in three countries in different parts of the world dissections of animals were banned – in Argentina (1987), in Slovakia (1994), and in Israel (1999). The European Union has the most far-reaching regulations on the use of live animals in education. In the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals Used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes (to which the Czech Republic is a signatory), the Council of Europe states that: Procedures carried out for the purpose of education, training or further training of professionals… shall be restricted to those absolutely necessary for the purpose of the education or training concerned and shall be permitted only if their objective cannot be achieved by comparably effective audio-visual or any other suitable method. There are also national laws, like for example the Swedish Animal Welfare Act, that go futher than the Convention in that they define animal experimentation as also including the killing of animals for dissection purposes. In 1993, the Italian Parliament passed a law which gives the option to refuse attendance in animal experiment of any form to all citizens, without being penalised. In 2001, thanks to this favourable legal situation, and to persistent work of individuals, it was possible to abolish animal experiments in education at 64 % of Italian universities (91 faculties), and to replace them with alternative methods. Already three quarters of medical faculties in the Unites States eliminated demonstrations on animals, only two Canadian medical schools include animals in their courses. Studies are performed to determine experimental possible usage  of new pharmacological drugs from constipation medication to triglycerides lowering medication. British medical and veterinary education is also mostly „alternative“. Active protests of students in many Australian universities resulted in broad replacing of animal experiments, and now all veterinary faculties give their students the right to conscientiously object to unnecessary animal use in the courses.

In 1988 the European Network of Individuals and Campaigns for Humane Education (EuroNICHE) was formed by a diverse groups of student conscientious objectors, anti-vivisectionists, ethologists and animal welfare researchers from several European countries, and in 2000 was transformed into a global network InterNICHE. InterNICHE aims for a high quality, fully humane education in biological science, veterinary and human medicine. It supports progressive science teaching and the replacement of animal experiments by working with teachers to introduce alternatives, and with students to support freedom of conscience. InterNICHE works in partnership with any individual, group or department that shares the common goals of replacement of harmful animal use and investment in high quality ethical science.

Also in Israel, the number of students who disagree with invasive education on animals grows, an many of them use the chance to loan alternatives from the InterNICHE Loan System, from which they can borrow required alternatives for free. In the South America, the regional network of students and organisations based in Brasil was established, and they organised several conferences which supported the importance of the use of alternative methods. Also in countries of their European ancestors, Spain and Portugal, the cultural approach to animal use in both science and education is being moving towards human trend. The change in accepting of the new principles, particularly in veterinary education, gradually develops also in India, even in the governmental level, where the main motivator is an activity of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA). In Japan, a group of students aims for including of alternative approaches in education. They present their views also at scientific conferences. Individuals and organisations in other Asian countries start to educate themselves about the issue as well, and today a significant informational campaign and support of local teachers are in progress.

The financial benefits of using alternatives have been felt in, for example, Russia and Ukraine, where some animal experiments have ceased because of the economic crisis and subsequent lack of investment in education. While some particularly cruel experiments continue, interest in computer alternatives is growing, with many people choosing to buy vpn solutions in order to access a wider network beyond their own countries limitations. Thanks to joint support of British organisation RSPCA and international network InterNICHE, it was possible to build at Kyiv State University an alternatives lab which replaced the use of hundreds of animals.

Elsewhere in eastern Europe, financial and other resources are scarce too. However, there is considerable interest in humane teaching methods, and that is why the network InterNICHE linked up with another organisation, with Dutch Proefdiervrij in this case, and within the so-called Humane Education Award granted $ 18 000 teachers from former Yugoslavia, Romania, and Albania for developing of alternative methods to replace animal use. Another activity of InterNICHE is recycling and renovation of used computers from Britain for Russian and Romanian schools, along with software to create new alternatives lab.


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Are you an independent whale watching guide trying to compete for visibility on the internet with the “big boys”? Of course everyone in your area may know the big whale watching firms. The reason they know those names is through marketing. Marketing can come in many forms such as radio, TV, print ads and yes even the internet.

You may not have the money for big TV, radio or print ads but advertising on the internet is far more cost effective than those other mediums because you are targeting people that are searching for exactly what you have to offer. By hiring a Search Engine Optimization Specialist you build value in your online business based on very specific keywords. The keywords are what those looking for whale watching activities use when performing an internet search.

By starting on the internet you can also attract visitors world wide and build a revenue that hopefully someday you will also be able to compete through other mediums as well and become one of the “big boys” yourself.

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Do you get dizzy when you go whale watching?

A lot of people do and despite the success of so many different medications and patches, some people still can’t be out on the water for long before they start to feel seasick.

One way to take the edge off so to speak, is with a bottle of wine….or even a glass!  A great wine of the month club can really help you get not only a glass of wine which will help you be able to enjoy your whale watching adventure, but it will also be of a high enough quality for you to feel good about sharing it with others once your whale watching tour has been completed.

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When it comes to hunting there a are quite a few binoculars out there in the market however binoculars particularly for whale watching are not many out there. Those who use mostly use the marine binoculars and the best thing I would when going for the binos I to go for the best binoculars brands. Some of the best brands are Nikon, Pentax, Leupold and Bushnell.

For whale watching the most important requirement is to make sure that the bins are the wide angle bind so that enough light can come in. Again that can be done if you understand the specification of a binocular. The most important specification for the binoculars are something like 7×25, 8×40 etc. the second part of the specification is something which tells you about the diameter of the lens though which the light will come and for sure that what you should be looking at.

There are other things that you need to look for design of the binoculars which can be either roof prism or porro prism. Then there are lens coatings which can cause a huge difference.

One of the best ones to use for whale watching is the Pentax 7×50 Marine binoculars with compass. This one has the 50 mm diameter which is really big and of course useful for when you are on the boat. This one is waterproof construction and lens coating is Bak4.

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