Cetaceans

Cunliffe attacks National when it was Clark who stopped the whaling law suit

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The Tim Fookes interview with David Cunliffe continues to give up the gold.

Yesterday David Cunliffe blamed National for not being part of the law suit against Japan over whaling.

TIM FOOKES:     Exactly. So the earlier the better, and I will get to one of your calls in just a moment, but just a quick comment on the issue that came out late last night over the court ruling on whaling, I think this is a significant victory New Zealand and Australia.

DAVID CUNLIFFE:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†It’s fantastic.¬†Well, it’s a significant victory for Australia. Where the hell was the New Zealand Government? I mean, we had New Zealanders testifying, but once again, the National Government’s asleep at the wheel. Kiwis hate whaling. We hate whaling and previous governments had a really strong record against it. Why did we leave it to the Aussies to take the thing to the International Court?

TIM FOOKES:     So if you were Prime Minister, what would you do?

DAVID CUNLIFFE:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†We would have led the charge. We wouldn’t have waited for the Australians. It would have been our win.

Of course David Cunliffe was part of cabinet in the Clark government when they decided that they didn’t want to take the win, preferring instead to gift it to the Aussies.

Prime Minister Helen Clark will push for a diplomatic end to whaling after the Government dropped plans for legal action against Japan.

Miss Clark will raise the issue with her Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda when she travels to the pro-whaling country next week. A spokesman confirmed the pair would discuss Japan’s annual cull in the Southern Ocean.¬† Read more »

But do they have fricken laser beams

The Russians have nicked the Ukraine’s secret combat dolphins.

Foreign Policy reports:

The Ukrainian military is promising to one day reclaim its¬†former¬†bases in Crimea, but one unit has been lost forever: Ukraine’s combat dolphins, who are now swimming for Russia.

The dolphins, stationed in a Ukrainian navy oceanarium in Sevastopol, will now attack enemy scuba divers, attach buoys to sea-floor mines, and patrol open waters at the behest of Moscow,¬†according¬†to Russian news service RIA Novosti. The program had been set to shut down, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently given Sevastopol’s combat dolphins another crack at navy life. “Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins’ underwater sonar to a signal on an operator’s monitor,” an oceanarium employee told the news service in an overt attempt to curry favor with his new bosses. “But the Ukrainian navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered.”¬† Read more »

The unbelievable stench of rotting whale

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A dead whale is transported on the back of a lorry on the A2 near Canterbury in Kent

Ok, so you are never going to get a smell off a blog post, despite what my detractors say.

You can however read about it.

Motorists were left sickened after seeing a 50ft rotting whale being driven along a busy dual carriageway.

The giant sperm whale died when it became stranded on the Kent coast near Seasalter more than a week ago.¬† Read more »

Bugger, was looking forward to drinking some of that

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An Icelandic brewery that was planning a beer that contained whale meat has been told that they aren’t allowed to make it¬†because of some lack of a piece of paperwork.

What a bugger I’d ordered a case of it for the lair…I wonder if I can get my money back.

A controversial beer made with whale meat by-products and oil has been banned after it was discovered that its creators didn‚Äôt have a license to sell the whale meal for consumption. ¬† Read more »

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For the lair

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I am starting to make a list of items that are needed for the lair…you know cool stuff like ¬†a Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear rug, a Lion, a Cougar, Moose, Elk, that kind of thing.

Toys are also on the list of things for the lair.

I like this one…has the Whale theme going and looks like a whole heap of fun.

Is it a plane? Well, it steers like one. Is it a boat? Legally, yes. Is it a submarine? Kind of … and then it leaps out of the water and breaches just like a whale.

The Seabreacher could be described as a fast-planing raceboat, or alternately as a fully sealed jet-ski-engined sea missile that can plunge two people under the water at 60km/h and then hurl them into the sky.¬† Read more »

Re-post – Some perspective on Whaling

I originally posted this in 2010. Given the Labour party thinks they speak for all New Zealand upset over a few Minke whales getting harpooned and the fact that the media accept pirates as a valid source of news, I thought I’d repost these rather inconvenient facts that the anti-whaling crowd wouldn’t want you to know.

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The world‚Äôs meddlers gnash their teeth over whaling whether it is for scientific purposes or for commercial. Right now the moratorium on commercial whaling isn‚Äôt working and¬†just over 1500 whales were harvested last year in whaling activities and 31,084 in total since the moratorium began¬†in 1986. Those figures sound horrendous. I am of course using the WWF figures and we all know how accurate and peer reviewed their information is. An independent assessment done by the¬†Sea Shepherd Conservation Society¬†(they must be good, they have the word conservation in their title) says that¬†‚ÄúIceland, Norway, and Japan ‚Äď have brutally slaughtered over 25,000 whales under the guise of scientific research and for commercial purposes‚ÄĚ. Note their overly emotive language. They were harvested, as we know, not brutally slaughtered. To use that terminology I would hate to think how they consider the Beef¬† industry. Somewhere between those numbers lies the truth. ¬† Read more »

Eating baby seals is only the beginning

Apparently I eat babies…am evil personified…and should be ignored.

But you can’t ignore Killer Whales…you can only seek to understand them.

Fortunately The Atlantic earlier last year compiled a list of 7 reasons why Killer Whales are Evil geniuses.

Over at Wired Science, a photographer caught a stunning sequence of a killer whale in Monterey Bay¬†flipping a dolphin out of the water¬†and then eating it. Apparently, they do this regularly! “I have seen this with several different species of dolphins from various places around the world, so I think that killer whales probably do this regularly but not commonly,” a NOAA ecologist told Nadia Drake. “With slower swimming species, like seals and sea lions, killer whales prefer to use their tails to swat them out of the water.”¬†Just go look at¬†the ridiculous photographs.

Yikes. So that’s reason number one:¬†they kill dolphins, and who doesn’t love dolphins?

Perhaps, though, we should more firmly establish that they are evil.*¬†They kill baby things.¬†So many baby things and in so many innovative ways!Baby seals.¬†Baby sea lions. Even¬†baby sperm whales! ¬† Read more »

Stranded Orca saved by fishermen

It isn’t often you see a stranded Orca…though the left-wing keep hoping and praying.

In late September three commercial shrimp fishermen near Ketchikan, Alaska came to the aid of a killer whale stranded on a shallow, rocky inlet. A video posted on YouTube last week shows the men calmly petting a large female orca and pouring water over its body, waiting for the rising tide to help them return it to the water.

Jason Vonick told¬†ABC news¬†that he and his partners,¬†Nick Segal and John Oakes,¬†were preparing for the start of their fishing season when they saw several killer whales hunting seals near a rocky inlet. When one of the orcas got stuck on some rocks, the men anchored their fishing vessel and ventured closer in a smaller, 15-foot boat to see if they could help, but the orca’s mass and low tide was working against them. ¬† Read more »

Only in Japan can you play with your food at a theme park

It could only happen in Japan…a theme park where you can play with your food…that is if your food is dolphin.

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It’s the most barbarous bit of mixed messaging since the Icelandic whaler Kristjam Loftsson declared he was making his whaling operation “eco-friendly” by running his ships on ‚Ästwhale oil. The Japanese town of Taiji, site of the annual slaughter of thousands of cetaceans as featured in the Oscar-winning documentary¬†The Cove, has declared its infamous bay to be a marine park, in which tourists will be encouraged to swim with dolphins ‚Äď and then¬†eat them in the cafe afterwards.¬† Read more »

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Mmmmm Dolphin

Beautiful photos of an Orca chasing, catching and eating a dolphin.

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With the setting sun just beginning to turn the sky pink, a killer whale leaps out of the ocean and soars into the air, spray cascading down in its wake.

It is a magnificent image. Except the whale‚Äôs dive has a purpose ‚Äď the dolphin quivering 15ft below.¬† Read more »