Protecting Dolphins: A Right to LifeLast Updated on 2013-09-10 20:35:41One of the daily privileges of living in southern California along the Santa Monica Bay is watching pods of bottlenose dolphins patrolling the coastline. They are extraordinary creatures with astounding memories that bring joy to my day - each time I see them.
My students and I believe that dolphins are entitled to the right of life. We along with millions of other Earthlings are mortified that Japan and Faroe Islanders brutally slaughter dolphins i.e. Faroe Islands and Taiji Cove with such reckless abandon and a despicable sense of entitlement.
Those unfortunate dolphins not slaughtered but caught are sentenced to an unimaginable captivity - suffering a brutal and torturous existence in dolphinariums for the amusement of unconscious humans. Have you seen the documentary Blackfish?
Since July 1, my colleagues and I have witnessed bottlenose dolphins dying along the eastern seaboard... More »
Wyndham Worldwide and Plastic Free Ocean Welcome Tom Jones to New York CityLast Updated on 2010-08-12 00:00:00Extreme Athlete Tom Jones Sets New Standup Paddleboard World Record as He Paddles Into Battery Park to Raise Awareness About Plastic in the World's Oceans.
PARSIPPANY, NJ, Aug 12, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wyndham Worldwide (WYN 24.97, -0.04, -0.16%) , one of the world's largest hospitality companies, supports a variety of environmentally friendly projects through its Wyndham Green sustainability initiative and is pleased to welcome Tom Jones to New York City as he makes the final stop on his world record, 1,500-mile oceanic journey to benefit the Plastic Free Ocean organization. Jones has dedicated this grueling ultra-endurance event to raising awareness about dangerous and excessive uses of plastics, and the need for funds to clean up the huge amounts of plastic waste accumulating in the world's oceans and tidal zones. Physiologically, Jones has accomplished the equivalent of... More »
Schooner Wolf Departs on Haitian Mission of MercyLast Updated on 2010-02-18 00:00:00Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? In Key West, nobody. And while Key West’s Wolf is certainly big, it’s only bad in the slang sense, where “bad” means seriously terrific.
That’s because Key West’s “wolf” is the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail Schooner Wolf, a majestic tall ship that’s been headquartered in the island city for some 25 years.
The flagship of the Keys’ Conch Republic, the Wolf is patterned after the 19th-century blockade runners that once plied the waters of the Florida Straits. The classic schooner has appeared in several movies, stars in Key West’s annual Pirates in Paradise festival, and is renowned for its humanitarian relief sails to needy Caribbean and Bahamian island communities.
But the Wolf is most notable for something else entirely: its owner and skipper, Captain Finbar Gittelman.
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American Will Attempt to Cross an Ocean in a RowboatLast Updated on 2009-12-16 00:00:00CLEVELAND — This winter, Katie Spotz plans to cross the Atlantic Ocean without a sail or a motor. Through 50-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, the only thing propelling her tiny yellow boat will be Spotz’s arms pulling against two black oars.
In the small but growing sport of ocean rowing, even the smallest sail is considered cheating. So Spotz, 22, will row at least 2,500 miles without even a tarp to protect herself from the sun, lest she be tempted to use it to catch the wind.
“I never thought I could do something like this,” said Spotz, whose attempt will raise money for Blue Planet Run, a foundation that finances clean drinking water projects around the world.
“But it’s not like a rowing machine in a gym,” she said. “You just pace yourself.”
The journey from Dakar, Senegal, on Africa’s west coast, to South America is expected to take between 70 and 100... More »
Blue water diving to study deep-sea jellies in NikumaroroLast Updated on 2009-09-16 00:00:00Yesterday, Larry Madin, Kate Madin, Alan Dynner, myself and a Fijian crew member named Koroi drove one of NAI'A's diving skiffs four miles off Nikumaroro and came to a stop. Except for a giant frigate bird hovering over above our heads there was nothing else visible part from waves slapping on the side of the skiff.
A NAI'A diving skiff during a previous Phoenix Islands expedition (Photo: David Obura)
"This looks good," Larry said, as we lowered a 150-foot line into the sea and prepared to dive. On this dive we were not going into look at fish or coral, but rather to survey the most abundant multi-cellular organisms on earth: Jellyfish, sihpnonophores, ctenophores and other gelatinous creatures that live in the open ocean water column, also known as the pelagic ocean environment.
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