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When I saw what the Oracle had given me today, I went looking for an old post I had done on blue whales.  What I wrote six years ago is only more true today.

The blue whale is the world’s largest and heaviest existing animal. Hunted almost to extinction by whalers in the 19th century, it is currently endangered, like many other species, by habitat loss due to pollution and climate change. Toxic chemicals and the warming of the ocean disrupt migration and food sources, sonar disrupts whale communication, and whales also collide with ships and become entangled in fishing gear.

Humans have not been kind to whales.

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A good, if depressing, compilation of whale and human history can be found in Philip Hoare’s book “The Whale”.  My review on goodreads is here:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/118181104


Also linking to earthweal open link weekend.

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17 thoughts on “whalesong

  1. Lovely, Kerfe. You, Jane, and I all had blue today.
    I’m not sure if this link will work, but I saw this photo last night:

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    To see the video footage of this exact moment, head over to @sealegacy // When you free dive down to eye level with a mother humpback and her calf, there is a lot to consider. One of the most important things running through my mind is, "How do I position myself in front of these whales with as little movement as possible, so they are not disturbed." Easier said than done. We were with this mother and calf for over an hour before I dared attempt my first free dive down to her. It was only once I was 40 feet deep that I began inching closer, carefully monitoring her reaction. Humpbacks have exceptional buoyancy control and move their pectoral flukes to counter the current, the swell, or, in this case, the calf's movement as it repositioned itself under its mother's body. I wondered: was she moving her pectoral fluke now to compensate for one of these things, or was she adjusting her distance as I got too close? When it comes to wildlife, I always err on the side of caution – no picture is worth the disturbance of an animal. My lungs burned from the extended breath-hold dive, but I refused to rush to the surface and, instead, gently created distance before allowing myself to float up without a single kick. Even more than my art, I am perhaps most proud of the relationship I maintain with wildlife – I have spent a lifetime in their homes, and am always careful to be a respectful guest. With @scott.portelli, @whale_discoveries, and @kyle.roepke in Tonga under Special Interaction Permit (Regulation 13) from the Ministry of Tonga. #whale #humpback #calf #mother #baby #tonga #respect #relationship #wildlife #nature #naturelovers #privilege #gratitude

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  2. I’m learning (trying) to paint, so I love your painting. Your haiku are beautiful and complement your painting so wonderfully. Love all of your art here and appreciate the tribute to the blue whale.

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    1. Thanks Myrna. This is an old painting–I’m not even sure I could paint like this anymore. Even at the time it was something out of the ordinary for me. Whales are worth saving, and I hope we can manage it.


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