Latest News From the Song of the Whale - 6.25.07

Song of the Whale. a global ambassador for IFAW's whale conservation campaigns, is a state of-the-art education and research vessel. Designed to provide a flexible working platform for whale research, public education and advocacy, the Song of the Whale team carries out studies of threatened and endangered marine mammals and their habitats, educates students, trains scientists and develops and disseminates non-invasive research techniques around the world.

This digest of recent Song of the Whale activity was written by one of the crew memebers...

Tuesday 19th June - Wednesday 20th June 2007

Written by Joseph

Tuesday was our last full day on this track.  We did a bit of sailing, motor-sailing, and motoring today on the track that leads us closest to Syria and then back to Cyprus. The going was fine and everyone looked forward to Evelyn’s meal.  Retrieval of hydrophones and anchoring off the Cypriot coast in a sheltered bay went well and by eleven at night the roster changed to anchor watch.  Morning breakfast was a pleasant surprise with Oli’s pancake treat. After Magnus’ briefing we spent the day looking over ourselves and the boat. We should be in Larnaca any time early evening.

Naturally at an end of a passage one focuses on the relative merits of this particular length of the survey.  It’s also difficult to add any new comments, not already mentioned by earlier bloggers, to this “chapter”. What can I say; it’s been a fantastic experience.  Thanks to all! Coming myself from the Med, one is bound to relate quickly with this track of the SOTW, be it common history, weather temperament, sea clarity, and warmth. At a natural level I could also relate to some of the species encountered, either the ever present corys, or turtles, and of course cetaceans. We also share some common problems too; either population pressure overdevelopment – be it on land, on shore or on sea. There are problems in sea bound activities starting from artisinal fishing, perhaps due to un-tuned and non target specific gear, deep sea and continental shelf trawling, and lately the rush to tuna penning (we actually encountered two tug boats towing pens).  I am told the noise levels in the Med are notable. Nonetheless I am sure that our principles and collective efforts shown over this IFAW Med survey offers an example of how different players can effectively achieve biological conservation not only for immediate sustainability but also to leave it intact for our future generations. I wish my new colleagues, and especially SOTW’s master and crew, success and fair winds and hope our tracks meet again. Soon.

Comments: 1

10 years ago

Hi Joseph,
Thank you for sharing your information from the 'Song of the Whale'. I was saved from drowning by a pod of 'Dusky Dolphins' in the icy waters of New Zealand in 1999. Since then I have devoted my life to gathering Scientific Research to help save Dolphins and Whales. I would like to know if the Educational program includes information on Whale and Dolphin Ultrasonic Energy being transmitted to the Earth's central core, for balance and stability of the Earth's Axis and Tectonic Plates? This educational information, and proof of 'Dolphin Healing Energy', is to be used to gain World Support, to apply additional pressure on Japan, to stop the re-introduction of 'Commercial Whaling'. Dr. Horace Dobbs (Dolphin Man) and Greenpeace have added their support as the proceeds of the promotional material in a new book are going to 'Make Whaling History'. I look forward to your comments on this subject. Thank you...Regards from Dee - known in Australia as the 'Dolphin Lady'.

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