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DAY OF THE WHALES
South Africa - before South Africa - after
Faeroe Islands - quay full of pilot whales
Faeroe Islands - local people and pilot whales
UPDATESunday July 25, 2010:
This Post has been commented on below and NAUTICAL LOG has replied to each one. We shall continue to do so as necessary, while still considering SSCS to be a pirate group that has a strategy of maritime thuggery. Judging from the recent "Whale Wars" series they are also grossly incompetent seafarers and portray themselves as being nautically impaired.
However when they do something that is positive in conservation then we shall report that also and in a positive way. Most certainly it is a rare enough event. That is fair and balanced posting which we want NAUTICAL LOG to be as a maritime affairs blog. It is therefore perhaps worthy of respect by you the reader rather than being another ranting forum of one-sided views. The Internet abounds with those already.
ORIGINAL POST July 21, 2010:
The NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder brought two whale stories today from different ends of our world. The first was from South Africa in which a sailing yacht was possibly attacked by a breaching whale. The South African maritime authorities are investigating to find out if the whale had been harassed in any way prior to breaching and crashing down on the yacht. As one can see the attack was quite successful and fortunately the couple on board were not injured.
The second story is no less serious and in fact it is extremely disturbing so much so that NAUTICAL LOG is not publishing all the pictures of the event that are included with the report. The Sea Shepherds and NAUTICAL LOG are rarely in any form of agreement as to their activities. In this case however we praise Mr. Peter Hammarstedt, whom you may know is a crewmember of both the MS Steve Irwin and the MS Bob Barker both Netherlands Flag State pirate vessels, for his courage in photographing the slaughter. From the Faeroe Islands comes his report with photographs of a barbaric viking slaughter of a pod of 236 pilot whales. This slaughter was completely indiscriminate and the entire pod of bulls, females, pregnant females and juveniles were slaughtered. This makes no sense to a former fisherman because one is killing the future, not that these people could be called 'fishermen' in this case. Go to the website www.seasheperd.org/ to read the full report and view the photos which be warned are very graphic. Mr. Hammarstedt, who is Swedish, was 'cleaned-up' from his "Whale Wars" days but was still recognized, he transmitted the photos and after police interrogation had to immediately leave the Faeroe Islands. Both the Faeroe Islands Administration and the Kingdom of Denmark should be deeply ashamed of this barbaric behaviour by their nationals.
Denmark is a member of the European Union and ignores the fact that pilot whales are protected under European Union Law. Under the Convention on the Conservation of EuropeanWildlife and Natural Habitats pilot whales are classified as "Strictly Protected". In 1973 when Denmark joined the then European Community, now the European Union, the Faeroe Islands declined to join with them as a result today it is not a European Union member. Denmark has failed miserably to abide by its obligations as a signatory of the Convention to deal with this pilot whale slaughter known as the 'grind' in the Faeroe Islands.
It sometimes happens that one is going to write a Post on a subject when lo and behold there is already an excellent one. Such is the case today; so rather than repeat everything let me refer you to the source of that Post
At present we are experiencing Perigean Spring Tides which occur when the Moon is at perigee on its oval path that is the closest point to Earth. One of the principal results are higher than usual Spring Tides as against the Neap Tides.
Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.
In recent years there has been a steady decline in the professionalism, accuracy and quality of the various Media outlets and the social media. In the rush to get there first with a story the shoddy Media - lets call it the really shoddy social media - have resorted to making up stories. When growing up in the late 30's and 40's this was called lying and got one punished in our house.
Fake news includes inaccurate and unsupported stories all of which in the last year have been published without correction or apology. Now it seems this attitude has spread to the maritime blogs. One blog which was generally pretty good about its posts has slipped in accuracy lately including quoting from European tabloids. A recent post was about H.M.S. Vengeance and its missile launches off the coast of Florida part of its programme to Certify boat and crew The story was an ill advised, inaccurate choice in subject matter as to what happened and how the incident was reported to a Foreign N…
This month saw the commissioning into the Irish Naval Service of a new Class of Irish Naval vessel more of the Frigate size than the previously Corvette size. However they are all classed as Patrol vessels, the new vessel is LÉ Samuel Beckett P61.NAUTICAL LOG wishes her well and a successful service.
The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century. During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea. Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.