Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Polar Bears Fall out of the Sky

Artist credit: Eva M. Sakmar

I've previously stated a few times that I am against our marine mammals being held in captivity. This story out of Turkey reinforces my view.


“Confined in an unnatural environment, these wide-ranging, social animals are forced to live a life of severe deprivation, suffering lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality than in the wild,”


In the wild, whale and dolphin habitats range very long distances. For example, bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Cornwall, U.K., have been recorded to range up to 1,076 kilometers in 20 days. The animals are almost always in motion, even when resting and spend less than 20 percent of their time at the water’s surface.

But once confined, dolphins are separated from their natural habitat and enclosed in a totally alien environment. They have to put up with an artificial diet, unusual noise, strange odors and the proximity of people and other unfamiliar captive animals.


“No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin that inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal,” said Jacques Yves Cousteau, the world’s most famous sea explorer.

The article also states that 12 of the bottlenose dolphins at this marine park were imported directly from the Japanese "drive hunts." Isn't that special?

You can read more here: Tour Operator Cancels Trips to Captive Dolphin Aquarium

"The Cove" documentary has yet to to gain a commercial release in Japan. Shocking, isn't it? It's amazing to me that many people from Japan still claim to not be aware of the dolphin drives. Fortunately, this important film is gaining more of a toe-hold in the public and some fishermen who spent years killing dolphins, have now become tour operators to take people to see dolphins in the wild. Interesting article for more information on this: U.S. Film Puts Spotlight on Dolphin Hunt in Japan

Our greed for oil continues unabated. There are now surveys being done off of Florida's east coast to establish oil wells. Given how deep they may have to drill:

The airguns shoot compressed air bubbles creating sound at up to 260 decibels, blasting 60 or more impulses per mile. They can penetrate several thousand feet into the Earth. Hydrophones on streamer cables towed behind the survey vessel at about 20 feet deep receive the sound reflected back to create the images.

Marine mammal advocates worry those early surveys could harm whales and dolphins.

Federal law requires surveying companies to take steps to avoid affecting whales and other marine life, such as having whale spotters aboard during seismic surveys.

It does not comfort nor inspire me one iota that they will claim to take steps to minimize the impact on the local marine life. You can read more here: Offshore Oil Drillers Now Looking at Florida's East Coast

Good article about the Blue Whales (Don't let the title fool you LOL) How Long is a Blue Whale's Penis

Awesome! -->> Seven Canoes to Fight Ocean Pollution

Yes, drilling for oil is good for us. Disasters never happen and oil spills are a fluke - really! Australian Oil Spill Leaks for Over Two Months

This is, in my humble opinion, an advertisement in very, very poor taste. It's manipulative, insulting, and only serves, in my eyes, to further discount the Global Warming Movement. Not to mention it brings up unpleasant visual memories of 9/11.

While no polar bears were actually killed or harmed in the video, it's still disturbing and quite the sick piece of propaganda. Check out the comments after the video. I'm amazed that some people actually found this video funny, and then there are other comments that do not exactly inspire faith for me towards certain human beings. I guess my sense of humor is out of whack.

If the likes of Al Gore want us to believe their Global Warming alarmist messages, I would first suggest they stop using private jets. But that's just me.

See video here -> Polar Bear

Interesting blog post: Show Me the Money

"A SUNSHINE Coast company is believed to hold the key to stop whales being caught in shark nets." Read more here: Pingers to Save the Whales

Organization spotlight: WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society)

Another organization spotlight not related to Marine Mammals ... please check out the Joyful Heart Foundation.

"The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues."

As always, thank you for being here and for allowing me to share my views with you :-)


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