By Kirsten Johnson
Japans whaling efforts, at least for this year in the Antarctica, have ended. In this case, as has been reported throughout the internet, many factors are at play. Certainly, the efforts of the Sea Shepherds and Capt. Paul Watson, are responsible for pushing the entire issue to the public forefront. I find it most interesting that, “Whale Wars” hero, Captain Watson, lists his home port as Friday Harbor, Washington which in my mind is one of the worlds hot-spots for whaling issues and in particular killer whale research and watching. If you have not already found the Whale Museum and their web site, http://www.whale-museum.org/ it really keeps one current on the what is happening on cetaceans. I need a history lesson on how all this ties together, but Ken Balcomb the international recognized marine mammal expert, should also be mentioned for his significant contributions. Based on his efforts, Navy Sonar has come under close scrutiny which has resulted in a huge shift in public understanding of the dangers associated with the damaging effects it has on whales. Further his efforts to expose an equally devastating practice on marine species is the use of LIMPETS, also known as double hooked barbed darts used in tagging. We at Champions for Cetaceans have posted several blogs on these issues.
While reading an excellent article that criticized whaling on “The Diplomat” called, “Why did Japan Suspend Whaling?” written by Andy Sharp, I came upon a great comment by the author Animux. What he said really sums up the issue on whaling and why the Japanese must stop now.