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   Undertoad  Thursday Jan 5 12:22 PM

1/5/2006: Beached whale removal, New Zealand



I really don't know what it is with IotD and whales, but here's yet another whale feature.

This is part of a massive whale beaching in New Zealand. IotD has covered New Zealand whale beaching before - in this case, 120 pilot whales beaches themselves, and conservationists saved most of them, but these few didn't and they have to be managed somehow. Even if it's sad, it's also interesting to see what they have to do, getting heavy equipment out and lining them up for removal.



barefoot serpent  Thursday Jan 5 12:37 PM

Maybe Greenpeace could market them to the Japanese?



Wormfood  Thursday Jan 5 02:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
Maybe Greenpeace could market them to the Japanese?
I think they're already on it..
The japanese working in his Hitachi crane and the Greenpeace guy have an eye on the remaining plantlife.


Elspode  Thursday Jan 5 04:14 PM

I suppose that blowing them up with dynamite is right out?



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 5 08:57 PM

120 beached themselves at the same time.

smacks of ritual sacrifice. what color kool aid do you think they like? are we gods to them? we take them brutally and randomly in ways they don;t understand. look at it through the whale's eyes. they're smart enough to identify us by sight. did these 120 whales think to save others with their sacrifice? very noble ani...... i was gonna say animals........but....



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 5 08:59 PM

more along those lines:

we threw back 114 of them. will they be seen as unworthy and shunned by the pod? will the six that did not return be remebred with glory and admiration?

this is freakin me out, man.



capnhowdy  Thursday Jan 5 09:06 PM

Martyrs?



Griff  Thursday Jan 5 09:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim
this is freakin me out, man.
Please reduce the THC levels in your blood to managable levels.


Griff  Thursday Jan 5 09:38 PM

Your tax dollars at work?



lumberjim  Thursday Jan 5 10:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Griff
Please reduce the THC levels in your blood to managable levels.
i'm still at work, dad.

you don;t think whales are smart enough to get religion?


have you MET george Bush?!


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 6 12:18 AM

It's the whale's equivalent of people drowning.



footfootfoot  Friday Jan 6 12:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
I suppose that blowing them up with dynamite is right out?


They're too small, I think.


mickja1  Friday Jan 6 03:08 PM

Really awesome video of an attempt to blow up a beached whale with dynamite:

http://www.dogpatchgazette.com/humor/movies/whale.avi



beavis  Friday Jan 6 03:20 PM

i've seen that video, well worth it to watch.



Karenv  Friday Jan 6 03:26 PM

One reason for the beachings, don't know if it apples to this one, is the underwater sonar that the Navy is using to communicate with. Imagine listening to an earsplitting car alarm all the time. They think that beachings have gone way up because the whales can't stand it.



Trilby  Friday Jan 6 04:00 PM

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 6 04:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karenv
One reason for the beachings, don't know if it apples to this one, is the underwater sonar that the Navy is using to communicate with. Imagine listening to an earsplitting car alarm all the time. They think that beachings have gone way up because the whales can't stand it.
They've put a limit on the areas they can use that. IIRC, mostly around Korea/Japan/China.


wolf  Saturday Jan 7 03:20 AM

Think of it as the oceanic equivalent of a roadkill eating club. If they can get to them fast enough, it's dinner, not garbage.



milkfish  Sunday Jan 8 02:38 PM

I want to see another vehicle bringing a giant oval can with a key to put these guys in.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jan 8 11:56 PM




Karenv  Tuesday Jan 10 12:33 AM

Why is the Navy killing whales? http://www.savebiogems.org/whales/



wolf  Tuesday Jan 10 03:10 AM

Because they keep getting sucked into the propulsion intakes of the nuclear submarines.


Note to everybody except karen. I am fully aware that this is not how a nuclear sub runs. The following is solely for humor value:



You think it's hard to clean the eagles out of the jet engines? Piece of cake compared to scraping blubber out of a nuclear powered steam turbine.



glatt  Friday Jan 20 02:37 PM

By now, I'm sure many of you have heard of the whale seen in London today.

Just a matter of time before it beaches itself in the muddy riverbanks.



Karenv  Friday Jan 20 03:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
Because they keep getting sucked into the propulsion intakes of the nuclear submarines.


Note to everybody except karen. I am fully aware that this is not how a nuclear sub runs. The following is solely for humor value:




You think it's hard to clean the eagles out of the jet engines? Piece of cake compared to scraping blubber out of a nuclear powered steam turbine.
No, it doesn't. It's the sonar. Like living next door to a train station that has no downtime where all the trains have to sound their horns constantly.


milkfish  Saturday Jan 21 09:46 AM

Whale: "I'm not leaving till you make me a Prince"



indigo_girl  Tuesday Jan 24 06:24 AM

Think we need to know more about this

Here's a link to show just how bad these are getting
http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...icle340250.ece



Trilby  Tuesday Jan 24 07:35 AM

ok, somehow I got the feeling that Bob Schieffer was linking the fact that the Russians are p.o'd at the Brits for the whole Spy Rock thing and actually may have used this poor whale as a counter spy! I did not, however, see any laser beam attached to it's head. Poor thing. Anyway, did anyone else watch CBS news last night and come up with this?



mrnoodle  Tuesday Jan 24 10:43 AM

Any word on the effect of sonar on whale penis? That's really all I'm concerned about.



Trilby  Tuesday Jan 24 10:50 AM

Due to your own ginormous whale-like penis?
Hey, I'd be concerned, too, if I were you.



chrisinhouston  Tuesday Jan 24 01:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karenv
Why is the Navy killing whales? http://www.savebiogems.org/whales/
Hey, this is a small price to pay, remember we are in a war against terror! Besides, W's daddy has probably hit a few while speeding around Kennybunkport.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 24 10:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by indigo_girl
Here's a link to show just how bad these are getting
http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...icle340250.ece
Quote:
Secret sonar from naval ships is killing thousands of whales around the world and could have disoriented the two-ton mammal that died last night after becoming stranded in the Thames, an investigation by The Independent on Sunday has established.
Welcome to the Cellar, indigo_girl.
Thanks for the link, but as you can see (read) it's nothing but wild assed speculation.


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