New Book Released ‛ The War That Saved The Whales by ’ by Paul Millard @SeaShepherdPaul


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‛ The War That Saved The Whales ’ |by @CaptPaulWatson | For The Last Couple Of Years I Have Been Doing The Research To Write A Book About A Little Known Chapter Of The History Of The American Civil War…▼


During the United States’ Civil War, Confederate Navy Raiders struck fear into the hearts of Union Whalers. Under officers like James Waddell, Raphael Semmes, and others, the Confederate raiders sank or captured dozens of Union whalers.

Like those Confederate captains, Paul Watson has led a rebellious organization to challenge contemporary whalers. In his latest book Watson recounts the story of the Confederate ships that targetted Union whaling ships and how the influence his tactics as the founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and as a captain on many of its campaigns for the past four decades.

About the Author

Paul Watson founded Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977. He is the author of several books.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Claude Berube, PhD. vii

Introduction : Hunting Whalers. xiii

Chapter One : War & Whales. 1

Chapter Two : First Blood. 7

Chapter Three : The Destruction of the Sierra. 19

Chapter Four : The Great Stone Fleet. 23

Chapter Five : Rebel Buccaneer. 29

Chapter Six : Launching the Wolf of the Sea. 47

Chapter Seven : Azorean Bonfires: The Death of Nine

Yankee Whalers. 51

Chapter Eight : Confederate Corsairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

Chapter Nine : The Final Defiance of the Alabama. 77

Chapter Ten : The Launch of the Shenandoah. 93

Chapter Eleven : Edward. 99

Chapter Twelve : A Warm Reception in Williamstown. 107

Chapter Thirteen : A Fiery April Fool’s Day Surprise. 123

Chapter Fourteen : The Sea of Okhotsk. 135

Chapter Fifteen : A Glorious Destruction. 139

Chapter Sixteen : The Last Flag Down. 151

Bibliography. 161


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SeaWorld Trainer -Tweet from @peta


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Death. Violence. Imprisonment. Orcas and dolphins SUFFER at #SeaWorld.

‼ TONIGHT ‼ Former Senior #SeaWorld Trainer @johnjhargrove reveals the dark and violent truth about #SeaWorld that the for-profit company doesn’t want you to know.

Tune in June 7th at 8/7 on @CBSTweet.


Petition to japanese government and 1 other

I would like to raise awareness about the issue of the inhumane mass slaughtering of dolphins for the sale and consumption of their mercury-laden meat. This occurs annually in Taiji, Japan. Many pods of dolphins are chased into a cove to their deaths (known as a drive hunt.) Some dolphins that are considered “show quality” are ripped apart from their families and shipped off to marine animal entertainment industries.The Japanese government and Taiji officials have done nothing to stop this atrocious 50 year old tradition; remaining ignorant to the obvious faults of the practice.



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But, their controversial ritual poses a health hazard, warn public health authorities.

Dr Pal Weihi, who specialises in toxicology at the Department of Occupational and Public Health on the islands, recommends pregnant women and those planning to have children should avoid eating pilot whales.

That’s because of the high levels of mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) released by industries into the environment, which end up in the whale meat.

Phys Org points out that this can affect people’s intellectual and neurological development, and weaken their immune systems.

This mercury-laced meat has been shown in a major study by Weihi to impair islanders’ cognitive function, and increased their risk of Parkinson’s disease, reports The Guardian.




Blue Planet Society has had more than 260,000 people sign its online petition calling for a ban on the hunt of dolphins and small whales in Japan and the Faroe Islands.

It says that “more than 100,000 dolphins and small whales are hunted and killed every year.

“Most hunts are unregulated, illegal and unsustainable with unknown impacts on populations.”

In 2009 a film, The Cove, which showed the practice of shepherding and slaughtering dolphins in a small bay in Taiji, Japan, won an Academy award for best documentary.

It prompted outrage across the world as fishermen were depicted piercing the spines of 2,000 dolphins with a sharp spike, before ramming a wooden plug into the wound to stop the blood turning the sea red.


Russian navy is still working with marine mammals in the Arctic,»


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Beluga training facility in Polyarny

Visible on Google Earth’s satellite images here published by the Barents Observer (top photo) are six pens in the waters at Garyachie Ruchy, a small bay about 3,5 kilometers south of Polyarny in the Kola Bay north of Murmansk.

The pens in the bay, three with a diameter of 16 meters and two with a diameter of 20 meters, are protected from Arctic storms and waves by a headland. Onshore are two office buildings and one larger hall for equipment or other gear. A long pier with several zodiacs and small boats goes out in the water.

Most, interesting, though, are the belugas visible inside the pens. When zooming in on the satellite photo, six belugas are visible. Adult male belugas can range from 3,5 to 5,5 meters, while the females are from 3 to 4 meters. Given the diameter on the pens are 16 and 20 meters, the visible animals, white in color and of which mainly the head or front part of the body is clearly seen, can hardly be anything else then belugas.

A group of other smaller pens nearby could be for seals, also known to be trained by the navy for different purposes.




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Taiji Resident Prepares For Landmark Legal Case Against Dolphin Hunts

Source: The Guardian/Justin McCurry

Photo: Bertrand Borie/Unsplash

A man from Taiji, the Japanese fishing town whose annual slaughter of dolphins has drawn widespread condemnation, will appear in court on Friday in an unprecedented legal challenge to the hunts.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the plaintiff, who has asked not to be named until the hearing has concluded, said he had been been ostracised in Taiji, where he was born and raised but decided to speak out against the hunts.

The 53-year-old will testify at Wakayama district court as part of a legal case brought by the London-based animal welfare charity Action for Dolphins and Life Investigation Agency, a Japanese NGO.

The groups said fishermen in the Pacific coast town routinely violate animal welfare laws and exceed government-set catch quotas. Action for Dolphins has described drive hunts, in which pods are herded from the open sea into a narrow cove, as “exceptionally cruel”. It said the animals die a slow, painful death.

Local fishermen denied they exceeded quotas or killed dolphins inhumanely, and have vowed to continue the hunts.

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The Hunt takes place many many many times a year; every year without restrictions.

A majority of international concern has to do with the method used during the hunt, which is viewed as inhumane. An article by National Geographic refers to The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums decision to no longer support the Taiji hunt. In 2015, it was announced that there would be a ban in the buying and selling of dolphins through the means of this hunt.

Context and history

Taiji Cove dolphins: Japanese government defends ‘lawful’ slaughter as hunters prepare to kill 200 animals

Conservationists say the fishermen have already killed over 170 dolphins and small whales this year and taken 24 captive since the start of the new year. A tweet from a team of activists overlooking the cove said the animals had spent a fourth night without food and would be slaughtered today by a party of about 40 to 60 fishermen.
Taiji is the only town in Japan where drive hunting still takes place on a large scale.
Conservationists say a rare albino dolphin is among about 250 of the animals thrashing behind nets overnight. “Babies and mothers will be torn from each other’s sides as some are taken for captivity, some are killed, and others are driven back out to sea to fend for themselves,” said the SSCS.