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The Gojira… Sea Shepherd’s high speed vessel. 

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The Clash of Titans

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These dramatic pictures show a clash of the titans as a protective mother elephant and a ferocious crocodile get into an epic tug of war in Zambia. The female elephant and her calf were drinking from the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park when they were attacked.

The Crocodile launches its surprise attack as mother elephant and calf enjoy a drink
Baby elephant hides behind its mother 
Mother elephant is brought to her knees as the croc thrashes around
Mother elephant manages to turn away from the river, despite the crocs attempts to pull her in
With baby safe away from the water, mother elephant begins to flee, with crocodile still clamping down on her trunk
The mighty elephant drags the croc from the water
Despite the unwanted appendage, both mother and calf break out into a run
Freedom. Water gushes from her trunk as baby momentarily stumbles over the predator.

Despite their ordeal, mother and calf were spotted later that day drinking further downstream

Diving tiger

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I got this pic off the National Geographic website. As with others “pic of the day” shots, I find this appeals to me in a huge way. In order to capture this shot, bits of meat were tossed into a pool to demonstrate the tigers ability to dive. The tigers is in not snarling, but rather scrunching his face to stop water going up his nose

Diving Tiger

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Lazy Sunday

International Anti-Whaling Day 5 November.

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Mmm, so it’s been a few days since I did the whole blog thing. What have I been up to? This is the question.
Aside from a very dull day job, I’ve been working behind the scenes with some cool people for the International Anti-Whaling Day Protests happening tomorrow, 5 November. Cape Town and Pretoria being two of more than 120 cities in over 60 countries taking part.

So, what’s all the noise about? Well firstly, each year around 22 000 dolphins are killed off the coast of Japan alone. These creatures are herded into a death trap where they get speared to death and their throats are slit. The Japanese also hunt whales. Lots of them. More than a thousand. Around 900 Minke whales, the balance made up of hump-backs, southern rights etc. The Japanese do this in a protected area and attempt to disguise the massacre as research. The IWC are spineless and recent evidence goes so far as to show Japan giving monetary aid to developing nations on condition of supporting Japanese whaling policy. Thats buying the IWC vote!

Whaling has hardly changed in the last 100 years. These majestic creatures are shot with a harpoon which has an exploding tip attached to it, The harpoon shot does not kill the whale, but causes massive trauma and unbearable pain. The injured and alarmed whale thrashes futilely against its fetters and is shot repeatedly with rifles until it dies some time later.

Now, before you wish to vent your fury solely on the Japanese, consider the following. Japan is one of TEN nations involved in this barbaric practice. So is the US of America,  Russia, Norway, Faroe Islands, Canada, Indonesia, Greenland, Iceland, St Vincent and the Grenadines. The slaughter of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands is particularly heinous and very much akin to the atrocities perpetuated in Taiji Japan. Paul Watson refers to them as the Ferocious Islands. The participants of the “grind” slaughter just under a thousand each year. The water turns crimson as it is stained with blood as men with machetes and knives hack these innocent creatures to death. None are spared, not even pregnant females.

 

I could continue ad nauseum, but you get the picture. So thats what all the noise is about. Fortunately, people do actually care. Hundreds of folks from all around the world will unite in condemnation of this horribly cruel practice. It will be the largest animal rights protest in history. I am proud to have played a small roll in its execution and I further thank and congratulate all parties involved for their contribution. I pray that policies surrounding whaling change, the slaughter relegated to a thing of the past, a haunting reminder of the apes we used to be.
For further info and how you can help, check out the facebook page for Sea Shepherd SA

Barbaric. Utterly Disgusting.

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I have been criticized as being a bit “over the top” with regards to my love and passion for wildlife, nature and the creatures I share the planet with. I have resigned from my crappy poor paying job in the corporate world. It may be good for some people, but sitting behind a counter, shuffling paper back and forth and dealing with a chain of incompetent useless idiots… well it brought me not one iota of happiness. It was Ghandi, I think, who said “Our future depends on what we do in the present.” And this IS the present. So what AM I doing? I am raising awareness, sharing ideas and fighting rampant cruelty as best as I can. I have joined up with Sea Shepherd. Some of you groaning “those lunatics!” Yes. Sea Shepherd. Lunatics? Watch this clip and decide for yourself before you condemn the folks who actually have the balls to do something about protecting the marine environment.

My attempts may be in vain, after all saving the life of one animal will not change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal. At the end of the day, when all is said and done… will you have said more than you have done? Thanks Gina for these wise words. For one so young and yet so aware, you are an inspiration. You are already the voice that animals do not have.

In the Womb

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3-dimensional ultra sound scan of an dolphin foetus taken by Peter Chan for National Geographic.
  3-dimensional ultra sound scan of an elephant foetus taken by Peter Chan for National Geographic.

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