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Friday
Aug162013

Kim Basinger Credited With NOAA Denial Of SeaWorld's Beluga Whales Import Plan | Ivanka Trump's Selfie

If it puts all heaven in a rage to see a songbird in a cage, then it surely puts every decent soul on Earth in one to see a marine mammal in a cement tank. ~ Kim Basinger

Ivanka Trump’s Selfie

Businesswoman, heiress, wife and mother-to-be Ivanka Trump posted this image on her Twitter account yesterday, captioning the picture ‘32 weeks’. Ivanka says she and husband Jared Kushner are working hard to be certain that her first child daughter Arabella develops some selflessness before her new sibling is born this fall. via DM

This is one gorgeous image! But don’t post too many selfies.

A new study in Britain says an oversharing of self portraits on Facebook is detrimental to real-world relationships.

Kim Basinger Take 2

Ireland Basinger Is ‘Living Out Loud’ By Thomas Whiteside For Elle US September 2013 AOC Sensual Fashion

In a statement that affirms the reality that no matter how beautiful a young woman is, she feels her insecurities. Ireland Basinger, daughter of actress Kim Basinger and Alex Baldwin, tells Elle magazine that her mother encouraged her to pursue a modeling career:

“She thought it would be good for my confidence, because I never thought of myself as a pretty girl.”

Kim Basinger Rescues Belugas

In a landmark decision, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration denied the Georgia Aquarium’s request to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. This is the first denial in over two decades to import marine animals captured directly in the wild.

The belugas, seized from Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk between 2006 and 2011, were intended destined to go on display in Atlanta, Sea World parks and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

PETA spokesperson Moira Colley credits Kim Basinger and the documentary ‘Blackfish’ for saving the whales from a trip to America: “Kim Basinger’s heartfelt plea to NOAA on behalf of the 18 belugas who were cruelly torn from their families in Russian waters helped ensure that the agency made the right decision today to deny permits to import the animals for a life in small tanks at US amusement parks like SeaWorld,” she says. “PETA is grateful to her for helping see this campaign through.”

Colley added: “This is a move that marks the beginning of the end for the wretched exhibition of enslaved whales.”

BloombergBusinessweek reports that SeaWorld reported a $15.0 million loss in its second quarter as a public company.

Tuesday
Jan082013

Dolphins Romp in Pacific Stampede While Shark Fins Bake on Hong Kong Roof

Dolphins off Southern California gave spectators the vision of a lifetime, as several common dolphin sub-pods got together for an ocean romp of near epic proportions.

“This has happened twice recently though it is very rare,” states Capt. David Anderson in the video description. “The line of wild dolphins could be seen from miles away churning up the water and, to the delight of whale watching passengers, the dolphins turned and stampeded directly over to the boat.”

Wrter Pete Thomas of GrindTV.com assures readers that the dolphins aren’t under attack in any way and no dolphins were struck or harmed in any way by the vessel. The whale watching boat came out on a regular cruise, and the dolphins put on a unique and very rare show.

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A mythical giant squid has been spotted alive for the first time by a team from Japan’s National Science Museum, who captured footage of the creature nearly a third of a mile below the surface of the ocean.

The giant squids grow up to 60 feet in length have been found dead on beaches and photographed in the ocean usually on the surface. This is the first time the massive creature has been seen below the waves, until filmed in a joint mission of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) and the Discovery Channel. The footage will air in America on January 27.

Using a manned submarine, Kubodera and his colleagues made 100 trips into the ocean’s depths to spot the awesome sea creature. “The team used a specially designed camera to capture high definition images in deep water.” via CBS

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Animal Stewardship | Sea Life | Whales, Dolphins, Global Fishing

Shark’s Fin Slaughter Update

Shark fin traders in Hong Kong have been busted in what appears to be an attempt to raise increased public conerns about the possible obliteration of sharks from our planet. The fins formerly dried on the sidewalks of Hong Kong, where shark’s fin soup is served at wedding banquets and in luxury hotels.

In Hong Kong itself, demand for shark’s fin soup is actually declining says environmental campaigner Gary Stokes. “With the middle class becoming more affluent, the demand is definitely growing” in mainland China, Stokes said. via Huff Po

Previously:

Laws To End Brutal Shark Finning Offends Some Chinese Americans

Shark finning is one of the most brutal activities of the sea. The fins are hacked off a live shark, which is then thrown overboard where it sinks to the bottom of the sea and dies slowly.

Because America has demonized sharks, we are more insensitive to the practice of shark finning, perhaps even believing subconsciously that sharks get what they deserve.

Alice Newstead’s Activist Art

Alice Newstead Submits to the Horrors of Shark Finning

June 15, 2011: Alice Newstead has taken her protest against shark fishing to Hong Kong, again backed by Lush, the British cosmetics company. Instead of hanging in a store window as she did in Paris, Alice is hanging in an arts centre courtyard for 20 minutes at a time.

Her purpose is to protest the killing of 73 million sharks a year, threatening their extinction. The killing of the sharks is particularly inhumane. Their fins are sliced off to make the soup and they are thrown alive back into the water, unable to swim and sentenced to death.

Because Hong Kong serves as a key trend setting city among Asian communities, it’s only the people of Hong Kong who can lead the way to stopping this brutal luxury consumer practice of using shark fin soup as a display of wealth. Currently the fins are worth about $300 a pound.

Monday
Oct222012

In Taiji, Dolphin Slaughter Continues As Scientists & Activists Seek Personhood Status

Loris Gréaud: The Snorks on Nowness.com.

Actress Charlotte Rampling and director David Lynch weave together the threads of Loris Gréaud’s expansive project in the Parisian-art star’s new film The Snorks: A Concert for Creatures. Thirty-six months in the making, the film takes in everything from hip hop-avantists Antipop Consortium’s concert for deep-ocean dwellers, to a pyrotechnic sculpture of fireworks in Abu Dhabi, and traces Gréaud’s voyages exploring the possibility for communication between species. Inspired by bioluminescence––or biological production of light––used by deep-sea creatures to communicate with each other, the aesthetic adventurer broadcast specially commissioned music by Antipop Consortium at a depth of 4,000 meters and elicited vibrant bursts of light from the audience of plankton, unicellular creatures and jellyfish in response. “I gave them carte blanche,” says Gréaud of working with Antipop Consortium. “The only direction really was to play the game, to imagine they playing in front of aliens.” Ahead of the 28-minute film’s premiere at MK2 Bibliothèque next week and a forthcoming world tour combining screenings with Antipop Consortium performing the concert live, Gréaud unpicks the threads making up The Snorks.

Read on about The Snorks project at NOWNESS and The Snorks A Concert for Creatures website

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We are late in reporting about the annual slaughter of dolphins and whales in Taiji, Japan. Basically, nothing has changed in this barbaric cruelty against some of nature’s smartest creatures — all in the name of nationalism and man’s God-given right to control nature. We add controlling women for context, believing that Taiji’s patriarchal principles represent the ultra-orthodox values of male domination that are worldwide.

In spite of massive international protests against the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, and the Academy Award winning documentary ‘The Cove’, little has changed for these splendid creatures.

First, some recent thoughts about the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji and today’s news that at least one special white whale can imitate the voices of humans. Dolphins are known for trying to communicate with their captors.

A Whale With a Distinctly Human-Like Voice Science Daily

“Our observations suggest that the whale had to modify its vocal mechanics in order to make the speech-like sounds,” said Sam Ridgway of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. “Such obvious effort suggests motivation for contact.”

Taiji Dolphins: Marineland’s Cruelest Attraction Global Animal

Op-Ed: Sea World’s Convoluted Logic on Taiji’s Dolphin Slaughter Take Part

Dolphins Can Remain Alert for Up to 15 Days at a Time With No Sign of Fatigue Science Daily

Do Dophins Think Nonlinearly? Science Daily

Strong Opposition to Aquarium’s Plan to Import Beluga Whales NYTimes

Whales and dolphins are so intelligent they deserve same rights as humans, say experts The Independent

Anne Enke’s Dolphin Writing

Blood-soaked cove of dolphin blood in Taiji, JapanFemale, Dolphin-Loving Principles Can Win in Blood-Thirsty, Male-Dominated Taiji, Japan

My maiden writing into the topic of whales was When the Subject is Women’s and Whale Rights, the Japanese Fall Far From Grace, if we don’t count my high school senior paper on the meaning of the great white whale in Moby Dick.

Whaling is a very patriarchal tradition, and the subject of their hunt — whales and dolphins — are gorgeous animals that represent female principles.

When I wrote Let’s Hope Smart Sensuality Pink Dolphins are Smart Enough to Stay Out of Japanese Waters, I was unconsciously or semi-consciously making the same point. Now I understand why folklore has it that putting a pregnant woman in the boat attracts dolphins, and also why Dave sent a video of a dolphin attending the birth of a baby.

The real challenges in getting the Japanese to change their patriarchal whaling ways, is akin to convincing the Sudanese Islamists to stop flogging women.

Returning Ancient Greek ‘Person’ Status to Dolphins

The clues to dolphins as ‘female’ are prolific in Greek and Roman art, and also in earlier Minoan artifacts.

Joining the Dolphin Family

Dolphins leap above the waves off Alabama’s Orange Beach. Photo: Cal Britton, My ShotWriting as a guest blogger for National Geographic, Maddalena Bearzi of the Ocean Conservation Society has been in the company of dolphins — mothers and their calves — for 20 years. 

All around me, I see other dolphins. I feel I am part of a family, but it’s somehow different from my terrestrial one. We are a grand and flexible family, yet I have a strong sense that our underlying bonds remain constant. I reach a huddle of mothers and calves. Seven females are clustered, forming a protective screen of bodies around a pregnant female. They swim beside and below her, waiting for the moment to arrive.

Dolphin Brains Rival Human’s | The Japanese Slaughter Disgrace Continues

“Dolphins are sophisticated, self-aware, highly intelligent beings with individual personalities, autonomy and an inner life. They are vulnerable to tremendous suffering and psychological trauma,” says Emory University neuroscientist Lori Marino, a leading expert in the neuroanatomy of dolphins and whales

 

The patriarchal reality of the Taiji’s fishermen’s killing of the whales involves banging on metal poles to herd panicked dolphins into a cove, then spearing them to death in what protesters describe as a gory bloodbath. For animals with brains as large as humans and an established level of cognitive ability, this method of slaughtering dolphins is abhorrent to many.

‘The Cove’ Academy Award documentary director Ric O’Barry explains how he became a dolphin activist.