Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Whales, Sonar, and Wolves, Oh My

(Artist credit: Christian Lassen)

Is the whale ban in danger of being lifted? The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is concerned that yes, this is very possible. They note that there are other countries outside of Japan and Norway, that appear to condone or support whaling.

While they have expressed support of the Whale Wars series being currently shown on the Animal Planet and the fact that it will bring further heightened awareness globally on this unnecessary killing, they also would like people to be aware that this is a GLOBAL problem.

You can find out more about WDCS's Global Marine Protected Areas Campaign and make your voices heard by signing the Global MPA Petition by visiting our website at If you’d like to do more to protect whales, you can adopt one at Whale Adoption.

Some good news regarding the Navy Sonar testing and it's impact on marine life. Please check it out at the Huffington Post.

I still don't think they're doing enough, but gotta start somewhere.

No offense to the people who fell in love with Sarah Palin and were supporting her bid to become our next Vice President, but I am personally glad we dodged a bullet with her.

Her track record as Alaska's governor, especially on the conservation front is, to put it mildly, atrocious.

Beluga Whales are now on the Endangered Species list and under protection. However, Palin was opposed to it. (Oh, that's just shocking.)

It really isn't shocking considering it's been alleged that she's shot at wolves from helicopters and supports this practice.

Speaking of wolves, what goes up must come down. Isn't it interesting that the Bush Administration supports adding beluga whales to the Endangered Species list, but is opposed to adding wolves?

Please consider signing the petition to help prevent these "11th hour attacks" on the wolf population in the Northern Rockies states. Take Action here.

Back to the Whale Wars. Here's another shocker. Japanese whalers are apparently not happy with this series and how it portrays them, so the public relations has kicked into high gear. Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research claims the Whale Wars is "deceiving" the people who watch it.

Excuse me while I take a moment to laugh hysterically.

You can read Captain Paul Watson's take on this here. Watson's Response.

I'll have more later!

Thanks for stopping by and for your continued interest and support :-)




  1. I just want to say that I am glad to see you back and posting again. There's a lot of news in the world of whales these days, so it's good to see others tracking it, too.

    Re Whale Wars, did you know there is a book called Whale Warriors? It is about the same topic/setting/players, only a year earlier. Very good book and now out in paperback. Written by Peter Heller.


  2. Hi Amy!

    Thank you for your warm, kind note. It's good to be back.

    I've added your blog to my Friend's blogroll list here. You have a great blog :-)

    Yes, I did read Whale Warriors last year! Very good book. You should check out Ryan DeMares book called Dolphins, Myths, and Transformations. I've read it twice now and it's the kind of book I could read over and over lol.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! Hope to see you again soon!

  3. You say we dodged a bullet, but I think we've still go to worry about her. Now that she's in the spotlot, I expect her to want to stay there.

  4. I say we dodged a bullet in Palin potentially being not only our next VP, but possibly succeeding to the level of President - considering McCain, IMO, has not looked healthy :-)

    I do agree people need to keep a close watch on her. Personally, I consider her a dangerous politician.

    Thanks for stopping by Heather!!

  5. LOL I wanted to give you those bloggy awards, but you just got started back, and I didn't want to bother you with it and didn't know if you even care about that kind of stuff. I love the way your blog looks, the artwork is always beautiful, and I think it suits the whole dolphins/whales theme you got going on.

  6. Thank you Heather :-) I like blues .. they keep me calm (ja right ) ...

  7. Thanks for the kind words on my blog, and for the link! I have a lot more to add there, including most of the whale watches I went on this summer. I managed to get out 10 times.

    Thanks for the book recommendation, I will add it to my list.



    PS also really liked your previous post. Being gay myself, it was a good read!

  8. I don't know if I've told you that I really like Lassen's work. A friend of mine bought a Lassen print for a couple of thousand bucks at the former Lassen Studio in Key West. I could never afford to pay that kind of money, but the print is spectacular when viewed in their house.

    I think that Sarah Palin's ideas are really nutty and that she is a danger because she has charisma.

  9. Hi HM :-)

    Lassen is absolutely awesome. If I had the bucks, I'd be buying a lot of his work too. Wyland is another fabulous marine artist. Wilkie and Jim Warren are also other favorites of mine.

    I hear ya on Palin but what some call charisma, I call pathology LOL