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

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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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 Arctic 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 story goes viral across the world.    From this point the journalist is joined by many people across the world as hundreds of celebrities 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 predictable, 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 films in the animal rescue genre.But again, there are some great performances and although the whole thing is very melodramatic some scenes are genuinely moving.If you have any interest in Whales, the Environment in general then you’ll probably enjoy this film at the moment it’s also available on streaming UK TV. 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 – http://www.proxyusa.com/.  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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