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FAIR BALANCED UNAFRAID
Diver at dumping site
Diver with pilot whale skull
Pilot whale skull
UPDATE: We would refer commenter MJW, who quotes the Bern Convention exceptions by the Kingdom of Denmark, to this photo and perhaps he may be able to suggest to all of us a use for this 'meat'. To NAUTICAL LOG it looks very much like a slaughtered pilot whale and fetus. One can find an excuse for just about anything - but would one really want too?
Many times at NAUTICAL LOG we criticise the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) so when they do something important we should also recognise that too. Noticeably in the last couple of years the negative actions have been mostly conducted under the orders of 'Wats-his-name'. When left to their own decision-making the young guns of SSCS seem to do better. According to the latest SSCS report this is one of those occasions.
Currently the RV Brigitte Bardot is in the Faeroe Islands covering the slaughter of pilot whales which is conducted each season and called the "grind ". For some time people outside of the Faeroe Islands have been wondering where did all the dead pilot whales end up - now we know. The dumping ground, which the locals deny, has been found to be a crevice between Vestmanna and Leynar. In addition to the carcasses it is used for both household refuse and industrial waste all of which has been videoed and recorded. This is due to the divers of SSCS going down some 20 metres into the crevice and documenting what they saw - it was not good. The skull was returned to the crevice after on board videos had been made. Since pilot whales are listed in the European Union as a threatened species it would have been illegal to bring a skull in as evidence. This is something ignored by the Kingdom of Denmark in the case of the Danish Faeroe Islands. They are part of the Kingdom of Denmark though not legally part of the European Union of which Denmark is a Member.
Please remember our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.
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.