Hello, people.

As I mentioned in a post from a while back, I have closed the doors to this Tumblr account. There will be no more posts about Sea Shepherd. My values haven’t changed; I’ve simply run out of time to continue reporting Sea Shepherd news.

If you are interested in posts about design, development, technology, marketing, and anything related to creative professionals in the field of web/mobile, I encourage you to follow the Tumblr journal for my interactive agency, Bunker. It would be awesome to see some of you over there. Otherwise, I want to thank you for reading and with you all the best with your lives.

it has been fun.

Cheers.

Closing the Doors to Sea Shepherd Advocate

Hello, followers and occasional readers.

I have been a Sea Shepherd supporter for quite some time and, as you know, have written about things related to them for a while hereon Sea Shepherd Advocate. But other parts of my life have taken precedence over this site so I am letting it go.

It’s hard to let go of something you’ve invested so much time into, but life is taking me elsewhere so it’s the right decision. I am still a supporter of Sea Shepherd and will follow their campaigns, only now I’ll be less of a participant and more of a spectator.

If someone out there is interested in taking over the domain to continue the work in helping Sea Shepherd I am open to considering a transfer. Please contact me using the “speak your mind” link and let me know why you’d be a good candidate to continue running the site. I’m not interested in handing over the domain to just anyone because there are a number of regular readers and followers who deserve that consideration.

Thanks for your support.

Cheers.

228 marine mammals of varying species (dolphins, whales, seals, etc.) are in need of rescue each year on the shorelines of Cape Cod. Yet in five weeks 179 dolphins (and dolphins alone) have been discovered stranded in these shallow waters, beaches, and mud flats, unable to swim back to sea. And no one seems to know why.

Professionals can point to no significant changes in tidal conditions or health conditions (scientists are tagging them and checking their health) as a cause. However, dolphins do travel/live in large groups which means whatever is causing the mass stranding is forcing a large number of them into the horrible situation.

Volunteers are working around the clock on the rescues, which is awesome. Yet of the 179 discovered only 71 were alive. Of those 53 were successfully released back into safe waters. Thankfully, there are people who are willing to pause their own lives to help get these dolphins survive. We can only hope professionals will discover the origin of the problem and be able to resolve it sooner than later.

Every once in a while I find something which isn’t related to Sea Shepherd but that I’m confident is important to share with Sea Shepherd fans because it’s related to the well being of animals and consequently is relevant indirectly. This is one of those occasions.

Over the past few years there have been an increasing number of reports of mass bird deaths. And of course the media is quick to write it off as freak occurrences of mother nature and even apocalyptic foreshadowing. I—like many others I’m sure—was confident this had nothing to do with odd turns in the road and everything to do with sadistic humans wanting to change something. And as it turns out, this was the case.

The United States Department of Agriculture has publicly admitted to poisoning millions of birds. And they have been doing so for quite some time. The reason? Because birds were shitting in open containers of feed meal. So rather than suggesting that farmers cover their feed meal containers they agreed to the genocide of many species of birds.

Humans never cease to amaze me at just how sadistic they can be.

This morning Sea Shepherd announced that the crew of the Brigitte Bardot is now safe and sound. They and their vessel are being shepherded (I can use puns if I want to) back to port where they will work feverishly to repair the hull which was damaged by a rogue wave.

Sea Shepherd is going to lose some ground monitoring Japanese whalers with two ships out of commission. However, the good news is that the Bob Barker is in direct pursuit of the whalers they discovered early in their campaign. What’s more, the Bob Barker is Sea Shepherd’s ice-class vessel, meaning they can confidently chase whalers into growler-infested waters if necessary.

While in pursuit of Japanese whalers the Sea Shepherd vessel Brigitte Bardot was severely damaged by a rogue wave which cracked its hull. It has been taking on water while the storm continues to bombard it with waves, and the Steve Irwin is racing 240 miles toward the ship and its crew in response to their distress call.

Brigitte Bardot captain Jonathan Miles Renecle is confident the ship will stay afloat until the Steve Irwin arrives. However, based on the photographs they posted of the tied up hull I think there is cause for alarm. The entire crew of ten would certainly perish if left in the water for even a short period of time.

What’s more, what does this mean for the campaign? Can Operation Divine Wind meet its objectives without the Brigitte Bardot? Can it be quickly repaired and put back into this campaign?

This is a huge blow to the campaign. But most importantly, I hope for the best for the stranded crew. Here’s to a speedy rescue via the Steve Irwin. Hang on, folks!

Things have never been cordial between Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace (at least I can’t recall a time). But the fire is super hot right now. Greenpeace is accusing Sea Shepherd of being disgraceful for calling out Japan on spending Tsunami relief funds on whaling.

Executive Director of Greenpeace Japan, Junichi Sato, had some words for Japan’s inexcusable dispersion of relief funds to the whaling industry:

Not only is the whaling industry unable to survive without large increases in government handouts, now it’s siphoning money away from the victims of the March 11 triple disaster—at a time when they need it most. This is a new low for the shameful whaling industry and the callous politicians who support it.

Shortly thereafter he said Sea Shepherd’s same position was “really disgraceful.” Is that disgraceful like when Greenpeace tried whale meat in the name of their campaign? Or disgraceful like when Greenpeace protected whalers from Sea Shepherd?

All I know is that Sea Shepherd puts their lives on the line every winter in a true venture to save whales and, in turn, the human race. Greenpeace, as Paul Watson puts it:

They raise some $40 million dollars a year on their anti-whaling campaigns and all they do is produce mail-outs asking for funds. They have not sent a ship to the Southern Ocean to hang banners for years.