A kite-surfer near Nelson’s historic lighthouse, a camera-wielding Mapua man, and a standup paddle boarder at The Glen have experienced the magic of a pod of orcas firsthand.
Mapua man Paul Nankivell’s friends in Ruby Bay called him early yesterday, saying a pod of orcas was in front of their seaside home. Read more »
If it has an Orca in it then the story gets blogged. Morgan needs to be set free:
New Zealand orca expert Ingrid Visser is hoping shocking evidence of a captive orca’s injuries will persuade a Dutch court to set it free.
Dr Visser is due to give evidence in an Amsterdam court today in a last-ditch attempt to force Dutch authorities to reconsider last year’s decision to allow a young orca to be exported to a theme park in Spain’s Canary Islands.
The female orca, known as Morgan, was rescued off the Dutch coast in 2010 and taken to a marine park near Amsterdam where it was nursed back to health.
The park claimed Morgan was unsuitable for a return to the wild, and transferred it to Loro Parque in Tenerife after getting a green light from the Amsterdam District Court in November 2011.
Dr Visser said she had observed Morgan at Loro Parque for 77 hours over eight days, and saw 91 acts of aggression against Morgan by other orca in the tank. She had documented 320 bite and puncture marks on the orca’s body, not including injuries inflicted by Morgan’s own abnormal behaviour such as banging her head against the side of the tank. The orca was also wearing its teeth down by chewing on the concrete, which was likely to lead to infection.
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Apparently there were some Orca in Wellington Harbour this week…
A reader emails a suggestion for the Whale mobile. The answer is no!
However a nice ute painted up like that wouldn’t be too bad.
Contrary to news reports I am in Auckland today:
Orca have been spotted off Oriental Bay in Wellington Harbour this afternoon.
Parade Café barista Thomas Pye said the pod – believed to be made up of two to four orca – arrived about 100m off the Oriental Bay café about 3pm.
They were still there by 3.30pm.
“They are just swimming around, not really jumping,” he said.
Earlier today, David Krasner and a friend visiting from Hawaii spotted the pod off Eastbourne.
“We tracked a pod of orca whales along the coast from the end of the road at Eastbourne to the marina on the other side of Days Bay,” he said in an email.
“We followed them for about 90 minutes.
“There were also dolphins playing with the ocras which could be seen diving alongside the whales.”
via Boing Boing
I always post things with Whales, especially Killer Whales. This is a 1961 magazine cover.
Some others who also don’t get it are the Labour Party sponsored bloggers at The Stranded. They have continued their Key Derangement Syndrome by trying to say that John Key would have supported the war in Vietnam.
This came about from a news item on NewstalkZB;
[quote]“Miss Clark, who was a young anti-Vietnam War protester at the time of the war, stands by her vehement opposition to it, but the National Party’s leader says he was too young to take a serious view. John Key says the National Government at the time determined that being involved in the war was the right thing to do.”[/quote]
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that statement, it is in fact factual, it doesn’t pass any judgement on the rights and wrongs of the Vietnam War yet the ninth floor bloggers have obviously put patsy blogger Steve Pierson up to that post to try to paint john Key as someone he isn’t all while looking back in history.
Using their logic and their total and absolute adherence to the peace line I tried to come up with any instance of war in the past that they would support. Quite apart from getting their facts wrong about the Vietnam War we won’t let that get in the way of this analysis. So let’s go back chronologically;
Malaya- The Standard would probably say that it was an internal struggle and we should never have participated in that war against the communist insurgency that threatend to enguf the entire Malayan Penisula including Singapore.
Korea- another little internal disturbance where the forces of the North were attempting to “unify” their sily democratic cousins in the South.
World War II- The Standard would argue that we should never have got involved because all that silly Adolf was trying to do was “unify” German speaking nations and it was the mad imperialism of the British egged on by the eviiiiil USA that perpetuated the war and further that if the USA had of just given the Japanese the oil that they demanded then the war in the pacific would never had happened and their invasions of all their neighbouring countries was an internal ethnic “unification” of Asians.
Let’s now go back further and examine some older battles and wars.
The Napoleonic Wars- How dare Britain turn first Portugal and then Spain into client states and then attack and defeat the soverign nation of France sending their democratically elected leader into exile not once but twice!!!
See where retrospective looks at history go when you encapsulate that look into 21st century mores and values of a socialist. It becomes farcical and that is what the Stranded is a farce to continue silly attacks on John Key. They haven’t learned yet and long may they persist that attacks like that don’t work anymore in fact they work the opposite of the client-blogs intention.
An impassive look at Vietnam suggests something other than eviiiiiil Yankee imperialism. Putting on socilaist blinkers and adhering to the Clarkist view of the world does not undo history nor does it indicate the future.