Thursday, 13 March 2008

Happy Whale Story

As yer man says, "I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin," Mr Smith told the BBC, "but.....

A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand.

Conservation officer Malcolm Smith told the BBC that he and a group of other people had tried in vain for an hour and a half to get the whales to sea.

The pygmy sperm whales had repeatedly beached, and both they and the humans were tired and set to give up, he said.more and a short video.

Here's a three minute unrelated vid of a very friendly whale, how wonderful would it be to experience this?

Monday, 10 March 2008

Shots Fired In Whale War and Japanese "Research"

Unashamedly I can say I loath these despicable little fucks and their goddamn whale hunting.

At 1545 hours (0445 GMT), a clash between the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin and the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru turned violent when the Japanese Coast Guard began to throw flash grenades at the crew of the Steve Irwin.

Captain Paul Watson was struck by a bullet in the chest. Fortunately, the bullet was stopped by his Kevlar vest. The bullet struck just above the heart and mangled Captain Watson’s anti-poaching badge, which was worn on his sweater underneath the Kevlar vest.

Dr. David Page was videotaped prying the bullet from Captain Watson’s Kevlar vest. “You have been hit by a bullet,” he said.more Sea Shepherd

And how inane is this bullshit masquerading as research?

A review of the controversial scientific research conducted by Japan and its whalers has uncovered a list of "bizarre" and useless experiments, including how to cross breed cows with whales.

Scientists have analysed 43 research papers produced by Japan over 18 years, finding most were useless or esoteric.

The scientific research included injecting minke whale sperm into cows eggs, and attempts to produce test-tube whale babies, News Limited newspapers report.

For years Japan has continued its whaling program under the guise of scientific research, to the disgust of anti-whaling nations such as Australia.more

But the bitterest of ironies is that whale meat is not all together popular with the general population and the hunting lobby are trying to push it's revival.

For all of Japan's success in winning support from other countries for its campaign to ease the restrictions on whaling - especially smaller countries which receive Japanese aid - the Japanese people are losing interest.

Whale meat is only served in a few specialist restaurants, and occasionally appears on supermarket shelves. Younger people almost never eat it.

So why does Japan exert so much diplomatic effort on this issue?

The official line is that whaling is an integral part of Japanese culture, a practice dating back hundreds of years.

That isn't quite true. A few coastal communities, like Wakayama, have been hunting whales for centuries, traditionally with hand-held harpoons.

But the rest of Japan only became familiar with eating whale during the 20th Century, as modern ships with harpoon-guns became available.

Whale meat was especially widespread in the difficult years after the Second World War, when it was seen as a cheap source of protein.

But as incomes rose, people switched to imported beef, or fish like tuna and salmon. With such an abundance of high-quality protein available these days, few Japanese see the point in eating whale, which doesn't taste that special.more

Monday, 3 March 2008

Stop Your Bitching And Stop Your Whale Slaughter


Fuck the Japanese and their protest, you carry on lads.

The Japanese Government says anti-whaling protesters have hurled butyric acid onto a Japanese whaling ship off Antarctica, hurting four crew members.

The whalers responded by spraying the activists with water from four hoses.

The whaling ship Nisshin Maru and the Sea Shepherd vessel, Steve Irwin, came within 10 metres of each other during the exchange, which lasted over an hour until the activists had run out of missiles.

Japan's top Government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura says it is an unforgivable act and Japan strongly protests.

"This is an act that tries to unfairly harm the safety of a ship and crew that is acting within the law at sea," he said.more

Talking of whales I should think this big bugger putting in an appearance would get the old paddles moving a bit. story

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Japanese Whaling Fleet Located At Last

It's a pity it was by the wrong organisation, Greenpeace being the organisation that cares more about it's PR than the whales they are supposedly trying to protect.

When I say the wrong organisation I'm talking about Sea Shepherd, they're the boys, they don't ponce about when it comes to tackling the nasty nips.

BBC reporter Jonah Fisher, of all the names to have on an expedition like this, has been aboard the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza trying to locate the whaling fleet, but having located the nasty little fuckers they do not share the information with Sea Shepherd.

It becomes apparent when you read the story, but here's a sample of Sea Shepherd skipper Paul Watson talking to Jonah over the radio.
There is some good footage of Sea Shepherds encounters with the whaling fleet at the above link and lots more under the whales label.

Stressing his willingness (Watson) to co-operate "for the good of the whales", he's offered to share his helicopter and promised to publish the co-ordinates of the whaling fleet when he finds them. But for the most part his offers have been simply ignored.

Watson believes that Greenpeace has lost touch with the ideals of direct action which he says it stood for while he was an active member in the 1970s.

"If you want a story, I mean a real story, not about hanging banners and making whale snuff films then I would encourage you to follow our progress," he told me. "We are not down here to protest these killers - we are down here to stop them."

Greenpeace's strategy, when and if they find the whalers, is to deploy inflatable boats between the Japanese harpoons and the whales. It is a tactic which they call "protecting individual whales rather than targeting the whalers".more

Here's a short clip of Watson in action.