Wednesday, January 2, 2008

What a Wail


This is a quick plug for a book I recently read. Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals is stirring and informative. It chronicles the 2006 Antarctic campaign by Sea Shepherd, a grass roots organization that goes head to head with whalers to stop illegal whale hunting. If you enjoy a green read but need a break from books written by scientists filled with numbers and predictions, this is the book for you. It reads like fiction though, unfortunately for the sake of the marine mammals, it isn't. You'll learn fascinating facts about what our oceans used to be like, the magical creatures that still inhabit them, the current sad state of the seas and what kind of folks are willing to risk their lives to fight mass extinction. Curl up with this book on a cold winter night and get inspired.

2 comments:

CindyW said...

Thanks for plugging this book. This is particularly relevant to the recent Japanese whaling expedition. The original plan was to slaughter 1000 whales under the disguise of "scientific research". Honestly why are nations calling them on it! If that were scientific research, then driving a hummer would be greening the environment. Please.

Japanese government finally backed down and decided to "spare" 50 humpback whales. But they are still hunting the other 950. It's heart breaking to me. Other than following the bloody event closely, I am not sure what else I can do. It is frustrating, to say the least.

Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to check out the book.

Green Bean said...

Cindy, I have followed the Japanese "scientific research" and it's really frustrating. When you read the details, you will get really mad and also probably really happy that at least someone is doing something.

The other interesting thing that I forgot to mention is that there is real discord between Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd. The in-fighting only hurts the whales and the environment but the book gives some insight as to why the groups don't get along.

Finally, I don't know what else to do besides the old standard: speak up. On the Sea Shepherd site, for each campaign (dolphins, whales, etc) there is a link to WHAT YOU CAN DO with a list of people/agencies you can write. With email these days, it is very easy to write those indiciated within ten minutes.

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