Whales & Dolphins, playing in Freedom!


This is what freedom looks like!

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25 thoughts on “Whales & Dolphins, playing in Freedom!

  1. The health and well-being of these whales compared with those imprisoned in theme parks is evident.

    I’m not sure what BC’s regulations are, but here in Washington State vessels are not allowed (among other things) to intercept their path (“getting you ahead of them so you get the best possible view as they come towards you”). Kayaking tours are a great (and far more exciting!) alternative (kayaks are subject to the same regulations), and on San Juan Island there are several places to observe whales from shore. If you choose a motor vessel tour, be sure to chose one that is a member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association.

    • Carmen and I were having a discussion about this. The use of motor vessels is a very bad idea anyway. Although the whales were having fun, the sound must have been incredible underwater. To me, the only real answer would be to use schooners or the like.

      Thanks for your informative comment, Camilla, especially the advice about the Pacific Whale Watch Association. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks, Amelia! I looked up the regs for southern BC, and they are essentially the same as for the US side. I’m sure the blogger who filmed this amazing footage was not aware, but if the boat captain was indeed positioning the boat in the path of oncoming whales, he was performing an illegal activity, subject to potentially very high fines.

        In addition, vessels are required to remain 100 meters away from whales, on the offshore side, refrain from making loud noises (including shouting), limit their viewing time to 30 minutes, and whenever it is safe to do so, to cut their engines altogether. Membership in the Pacific Whale Watch Association is a good assurance that a company is adhering to these rules and the accepted “Whale Wise” guidelines.

        I haven’t heard of specific sailing tours, but it sounds wonderful…maybe that’s a niche market yet to be filled? ๐Ÿ™‚

        • It’s good to know associations like this exist. Camilla. focusing on the whales’ well-being at all times. As to the niche market, if I knew how to sail a large boat, I’d give it some thought (financial circumstances permitting LOL) What a great way to earn a living ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I agree with all you say, Amelia, you have expressed it beautifully. There is a conflict, how can we watch wildlife with the least intrusion or disruption to their lives, without leaving a human imprint, as well. The whalewatching ships carry many tourists at once, as you say, and they make round trips the whole day long. I find it stressful that they make such a loud persistent underwater noise to see creatures who depend on acoustics to survive. I find it wrong that they market the idea of cetaceans not being disturbed by the noise of motorized vessels. If only by sailing the wind, as you so wisely suggest, or paddling the way humans could visit them.

    As always, it is a question of finding a win-win solution, a suitable solution as you mention. Humans, to be inspired by the beauty of cetaceans in the wild and the latter, in turn, to win, perhaps, new compassionate hearts who will work hard to protect them.

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    • Personally, I could not imagine anything more beautiful than to be aboard a boat with sails hearing only the wind and the ocean. Total tranquillity through which to enjoy perhaps the sighting of whales and dolphins. That way, awareness is still alive and well, and, hopefully, the animals will not be too disturbed.

      November is manatee awareness month, Carmen, which I am sure you will know, and I will be putting up a post later. There are certain rules in there which apply to the migration. Some of the rules would fit extremely well into whale watching activities. ~ Amelia ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This is how they should be, free, wonderful creatures!. They are orcas, not killers, when are they going to be addressed properly?. I celebrate with you, Amelia, the freedom of cetaceans in all their splendour.

    This video also brings an intrinsically related subject: the ethics of whalewatching tourism. As beautiful as it might be to see them personally, I am partial to vessel sighting activities because of the motor noise and disturbance this causes to their highly sensitive lives. Tourists need to sail for hours, so powerful engines are needed. This video brings a mixture of feelings to me because of their 27-foot long, high-speed tour vessel with twin engines.

    We have a large whalewatching activity off the coast of Boston, where the Stellwagen marine sanctuary is located and whale mums come here to give birth. Because I love them, I never took a trip. I think that we should put their interests ahead of ours. But, if any human activity unrelated to welfare must be there, let it be watching, not hunting. โ™ฅ

    • I suppose the best way would be to use schooners and/or other masted vessels. The use of powered vessels suggests cramming in as many trips as they can into a day/week. Greed raises its ugly head again – or, perhaps someone is just trying to make a living!

      I always think if people can’t see the animals in the wild at all, though, they may lose interest in them. So. it is a question of finding a suitable solution for both the whales and the tourists. Especially where you say, off the coast of Boston, the mothers come into the sanctuary to birth. That deserves special attention from those who make the rules.

      I totally agree with you, Carmen, the interests of the animals MUST be put first at all times. Yet another boulder to push uphill, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

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