Whale Wars- Animal Planet

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Captain Paul Watson founded his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 because he believed his new organization had to go even further to eradicate whaling, poaching, shark finning and habitat destruction — and to uphold international conservation laws on the high seas — than the Greenpeace group he had co-founded.

For several years, Watson’s group of staff and volunteers have engaged in a campaign almost every winter to find and stop Japanese ships that hunt whales in the name of research, attempting to stop them by any non-violent means necessary. The eclectic group — labeled activists, heroes and/or eco-pirates — leave port in Melbourne, Australia for a two-month campaign that is dangerous, controversial and has garnered international media attention. Sea Shepherd’s dedicated, international crew have spent their holiday the last several years and risked their lives at the bottom of the Earth to save whales.

In the Spotlight

During the 2007-2008 campaign, Animal Planet captured the intensity of Sea Shepherd’s mission and the trials and tribulations of the crew in a new seven-part, hour-long weekly series Whale Wars. The series draws attention to this global conservation issue that has caused friction between several nations over the practice of whaling in oceanic territories. This year’s campaign was particularly eventful with multiple engagements, capsizing, possible hostage taking and alleged shooting, and Animal Planet crews were onboard to document it as it unfolded.

Highlighting both the controversial whaling trade and the tactics that Sea Shepherd and its staff and volunteers use to attempt to cripple it, the series documents the group’s three-month sojourn across the icy Antarctic waters at the far end of the globe. Each week on Whale Wars, Animal Planet will take viewers on a powerful and adrenaline-fueled adventure and spotlight how the group takes action against alleged illegal whaling operations.

Aggressive Tactics

The Society’s fight to eradicate Japanese whaling on the high seas — where international laws are interpreted by different countries and organizations in different ways — utilizes some aggressive techniques, including ramming and disabling whaling ships; disrupting whale carcass processing; engaging in physical entanglement; and boarding and dispersing fleets of whaling vessels. For the campaign this season, Sea Shepherd christened its vessel in honor of the iconic conservationist Steve Irwin with the blessing of his wife Terri, both of whom support the organization independent of Animal Planet.

WHALE WARS premieres Fridays at 9 PM e/p

Source: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/whale-wars/about/

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Sad Nature

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

In this video you can see mostly animal photos. There is a sad look in their faces. This video is not for the happy face of nature. It’s about the sad one which is caused by the humanity. The slideshow is combined with the sweet piano rhythm of the Amelie movie soundtrack.

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Philippine Tarsier

Posted on July 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

A very beatiful animal: Philippine Tarsier

Look at this beatiful animal!! It is called Philippine Tarsier and the scientific name is Tarsius syrichta.It’s a mammal, it belongs to primates and it’s the smallest monkey. Its height is 15 cm. It perfectly fits in a human’s hand. The most amazing thing about this animal is its eyes! They are the biggest eyes in all the mammals(considering the analogy with face and body). Its eyes are fixed in the skull so they can’t move inside the sockets. So, it has developed an adaptation and it can rotate its head 180 degrees. It is a nocturnal carnivorous animal and insects have a special place in it’s diet.


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Mediterranean Monk Seal(Monachus monachus)

Posted on February 14, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) is a sea mammal characterised as critically endangered(IUCN).

It’s entire population is estimated to be less than 600 individuals. 250-300 of them are found here in Greece(Aegean Sea). Other smaller populations are found in Cabo blanco(western Sahara), Azores, Black Sea.. Monachus monachus is one of the biggest species of seals. The average length of an adult mediterranean monk seal is 240 cm approximately.

Males are a little bit bigger than females. They weigh up to 32o kgs and can reach the age of 45. They hunt during the day and feed on fish and mollusks. Hunting, coastal urbanisation, pollution, fishing nets seem to be the basic reasons that meditteranean monk seals are in danger.

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