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World Whale Day 2021

Today is World Whale Day.

The following is what I wrote for our Marine Education and Research Society social media.

I am sharing it here too in the hopes that it is of value to you in thinking about our giant neighbours, how far we come in overcoming fear and disconnect but  . . . read on. 💙

[And welcome to all those landing here as a result of the recent CBC interview. It would be wonderful if you follow along on social media with The Marine Detective and the Marine Education and Research Society. Links are at the bottom of this post.] 

 

Take but a few minutes to reflect on the giants; how they enrich life on earth and how endure human need?

They inspire awe, capture carbon, fertilize the ocean upon which our lives also depend, and remind us of our capacity for change.

So many were driven to the brink as a result of whaling, which only ended in British Columbia in 1967. They have survived the breadth of human impacts from harpoons and guns, to overfishing and ignorance of ecosystems, to capture and the selfie absorption of believing wild whales put on shows.

Some populations may topple still.

Now they swallow the consequences of our disconnect and consumer crazed lifestyles – climate change, plastics, toxins, continued overfishing, noise, collision, entanglement, etc.

The leviathans, may we truly understand how they are barometers of our value systems, indicators of environment health, ambassadors of the marine ecosystem that sustains life on earth, and reminders of how little we know and that we are but small . . . in the world of the whale. 💙


Photo is of Cirque the Humpback with scarring testifying to being a survivor of collision. See the scarring from a boat propeller?

©Kate Holmes, Straitwatch 2019. Photo taken with a telephoto lens and has been cropped.


World Whale Day dates back to 1980 and originated from Maui’s Whale Fest to honour Humpback Whales.

Social media links. 
Thank you so much for your interest!

8 Responses to “World Whale Day 2021”

  1. Margaret Dyke (a.k.a. B.P.)

    Thank you,Jackie, for this reminder of how far we have yet to go to honour these magnificent creatures and their part in the web of life. It’s also encouraging to know that we really can make positive changes by continuing to support M.E.R.S, becoming fully aware of the effect of the way we live, taking action together.

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  2. Beth Stewart

    My goodness, once more I am amazed at the connectedness of the Humpback Whale to the world. I enjoyed all of your important information which pulls me close to the wonderful Humpbacks on this World Whale Day. Your organization with its continual sharing of information performs such a valuable service and once again I want to say how much I appreciate all that you do. I’m always excited when I see your messages in my computer in-mail because I also am much wiser once I’ve read and thought about what you’ve said. Thanks so much!

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  3. Ken Christie

    Jackie,
    Thank you for persisting.
    You are important to us. I pass on your messages and teachings .
    When people see whales now, they know how important they are to all lives.

    Don’t stop keep going folks
    Don’t stop keep going !

    Ken @ BCA & DSC & Bcmca

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  4. Joan Harris

    Found on the beach at Tribune bay, Hornby island.

    On Sun, Feb 21, 2021, 11:20 AM The Marine Detective, wrote:

    > The Marine Detective posted: “Today is World Whale Day. The following is > what I wrote for our Marine Education and Research Society social media. I > am sharing it here too in the hopes that it is of value to you in thinking > about our giant neighbours, how far we come in overcomin” >

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