New Year Thoughts: I would thank everyone for their continued support of campaigns this year; as one year ends and another begins we take time to reflect on what has happened in 2014. Our colleagues in the Bahamas in particular have campaigned tirelessly with great achievements there. It was also a pleasure to see friends and colleagues in London, including Ric & Helene O’Barry and their daughter, as we took part in what was the largest ever protest in London against the atrocities which continue in Taiji, Japan. Recently we sadly had to report on the death of the eighteen year old orca Rhapsody and her almost full-term calf - a great blow to the Southern Resident Killer Whales in British Columbia. However, there is fantastic news just received as the year ends as the pod now have a new calf. Born to J16 (known as Slick) the sex of the calf is, as yet, unknown however for now is known as J50. Both mother and calf were spotted in the Gulf Island near South Pender Island in Swanson Channel.
Some years ago I visited Vancouver Island and this orca population were the first wild orcas I had the pleasure of seeing. I have since been fortunate to see orcas in the wild in Iceland – however no matter where I see this species around the world, they never fail to impress by their size, grace and obvious intelligence and it is my hope for 2015 that those who languish in captivity around the world may someday be given the respect they deserve and returned to their natural habitat. Long may the ‘Blackfish effect’ continue!.
31 December 2014
London: 7 November 2017. Marine Connection were honoured to be part of the largest protest ever seen in London against the Taiji hunts. For the first time our dear friend and colleague, Ric O'Barry and his family joined the event, following a very well attended screening of The Cove the previous evening.
It is heartening to see so many people joining to speak out against this atrocity. Although the message was of course to get the Japanese to stop this happening in Taiji, the atmosphere was one of camaraderie. There was a real feeling of working together for a common cause - to stop the suffering and slaughter of thousands of dolphins and small whales in Taiji, and we would like to convey thanks to all involved in organising the London events.
My dearest hope would be that (as much as I like seeing my fellow campaigners), we do not have to see each other outside the Embassy in London next year, as Japan will have finally put an end to this atrocity.
For now, we wait, hope and continue our commitment to campaign for those who have no voice. View some images here
07 November 2014
Marine Connection was recently contacted by a member of the public with regards to a dolphin being seen in one of the harbours in Brest, France - behaving in a friendly manner towards the public.
After watching the footage we identified the dolphin as Georges, the male dolphin who frequented the English coastline over 10 years ago. This particular dolphin is very similar to Clette the dolphin recently seen in Ireland. Covering great distances in his lifetime, Georges has proven just how many sea miles these marine mammals can cover.
Georges (also known as Dony), was sighted in Irish waters before heading over to the UK and having seen him for myself around Weymouth harbour in Dorset, I was delighted to know that this lovely male dolphin is still fit and well. Not only has Georges visited the UK & Ireland but also the Channel Islands and the Netherlands and also spent a considerable time in the company of another dolphin in France known as Jean Floch. Sadly many lone dolphins suffer injury or are even killed, so for this dolphin to still be thriving is indeed a very happy story!
Why some dolphins seem to actively choose to seek out the company of humans we will never really know, but while they do, it is up to us all to respect and protect them.