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.

Go to: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201111/s3373429.htm

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.

Go to: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/11/22/court-rejects-efforts-to-strip-beluga-whale-protections/

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.

Go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3911651.stm

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.

Go to: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-26/justice/justice_killer-whale-lawsuit_1_killer-whales-orcinus-sea-world-trainers?_s=PM:JUSTICE

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.

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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 – http://www.uktv-online.com/ 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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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 (http://archive.greenpeace.org/whales/iceland/Scientific.htm)

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 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 – http://www.proxyusa.com/bbciplayerabroad2012 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  http://www.proxyusa.com/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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