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Communication with Dolphins

clock June 23, 2012 13:54 by author BlueEcoBlog

 Communication with Dolphins on video. Listen to the spinner dolphin super-pod sing human notes. Shawn Larkin is into his second decade of interacting with this resident spinner dolphin superpod and as you can see they will swim right over to people who have been respectful and creative consistently. This offshore open ocean dolphin pod has been attacked and netted for many decades. This video shows that a different relationship is possible with the dolphin super-pods, one that may prove to be much more valuable than killing them as bycatch for easy tuna fishing.

Stop putting lines in the water before you argue against people in the water, duh! otherwise you have no moral high ground. Just obvious greed.

Learning how to interact with the super pods of dolphins is the best chance on earth to understand alien society and intelligence, and how we can interface. We need to learn how to meet and greet all over the worlds oceans. This is crucial practice for the human race. What if we are the helpless species trying to beg a more powerful one to stop killing us as bycatch or for consumption?

Music is a part of the the start to the crucial dialog. And gear and boats and computers and technology and people.

Stop the netting and start swimming.

Make money from creation not destruction.

Help the human race advance.

Play with dolphins.

They will teach you.

Thank you to Denise Herzing for many years of ideas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIKWtND2xgI


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Billfish Foundation Fails to Stop Australia From Making Worlds Largest Marine Protected Area

clock June 18, 2012 13:12 by author BlueEcoBlog

Billfish Foundation Fights Agaist Marine Protected Areas and Loses in Oz.

The voice of the vast majority of ocean users is heard and they are not catch and release billfishers.

Fishers should always have access to most of the worlds oceans, not just for sport but to eat! But the world does need some places in the ocean to be free of nets and lines. Catching and releasing endangered billfish is not sport fishing and not as many people do it as some would have you think.

The crazy well funded, massivly sponsered, internationally super influencial Billfish Foundation took a big wave over the bow when the Prime Minister of Australia, backed by the people of one of the most ocean savy nations on earth, said our oceans are for a lot more than just catch and release billfishing. The Billfish Foundation has waged a campaign against marine protected areas, encouraging members to come out and help stop creation of marine protected areas

 http://news.co.cr/billfish-foundation-fails-to-stop-australia-from-making-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/8167/

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Top Ten Blue Water Sports to Do From a Yacht That Don't Involve Hooking, Fighting and Releasing Endangered Species

clock June 16, 2012 16:12 by author BlueEcoBlog

Top Ten Blue Water Sports to Do From a Yacht That Don't Involve Hooking, Fighting and Releasing Endangered Species.
10. Catch a dorado or tuna to eat on rod and reel.

9. Spear a dorado or tuna to eat with a speargun.

8. Cruising with Dolphins.

7. Swim, tow or dive with and photovideo turtles.

6. Swim, tow or dive with and photovideo billfish.

5. Swim, tow or dive with and photovideo sharks.

4. Swim, tow or dive with and photovideo dolphins and whales that are used to ships and people in the water.

3. Watch video from ROVs below the yacht, and doing at least two of the above.

2. Performing music with dolphins and whales or going down in a submarine with big windows.

1. Seabobbing and singing with dolphin superpod. 

Plenty to do on your nice yatchs and they will make you more money than that strange billfish catch and release thing.  And shall we say these kinds of guests are rather more interesting than billfisher dinosaurs.

 

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Dolphins Dancing For Laura Chinchilla Again!

clock June 16, 2012 13:21 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphins Dancing For Laura Chinchilla Again!

Costa Rica To Conserve Ten Percent of Oceans.

Latin America's greatest ocean hero, Laura Chinchilla, granted future Costa Ricans a much better chance of sustainably utilizing our Oceans into the future.  The sad free for all of too powerful special interests will now be controlled with vision directed to the people and the future by a new Vice Minister of Aguas and Mares.  Wow!  No thats how you do it!  Seems now the voices of all groups of ocean users, not just the most connected screaming special interests, will have a say.  Now is time for Costa Ricans to speak up about what they know about our oceans, and help conserve it.  Have you heard about the largest dolphin pod in the world, the spinner dolphins of the Osa peninsula and Cano Island?  Aaaa, happens to be they need a park!  They live near to famous protected areas Corcovado National Park and Cano Island Biological Reserve, BUT, they live in waters attacked by nets and lines.  This Park or protected area, needs to be south and west of Cano Island to at least a distance of 30 nautical miles to help these spinners.  NOT just 8 miles from the island as some are saying!  8 miles is not enough to protect the biggest dolphin pod in the world and Golfito and Puerto Jimenez need to make a lot money in the long run from conserving these dolphins, not killing them for short term collapsing profits. 

Three blue cheers for the awesome president of Costa Rica.

Check it
http://www.costacetacea.com/bluewaterpelagicpark.html

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United States says Eastern Tropical Pacific dolphin death numbers are among the largest documented in the world

clock June 15, 2012 15:40 by author BlueEcoBlog
United States says Eastern Tropical Pacific dolphin death numbers are among the largest documented in the world.

Costa Rica shown to participate in one of the largest dolphin killings in the world!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association of the United States estimates at least one thousand dolphins dead each year.

Costa Rica should really stop doing this.

Here is the link to the NOAA page.
http://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?Division=PRD&ParentMenuId=248&id=1408

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Dolphins Dancing for Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia.

clock June 14, 2012 19:50 by author BlueEcoBlog

Julia Gillard, by directing the island continent of Australia to declare around one third, that is 33 percent, of her national waters to be conserved, becomes the greatest hero of the sea the world has ever known.  While some countries whine and stall about conserving even 1 percent of their ocean, Oz has set the bar for the blue planet.

Why?

The coolest minister on earth, The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities of the great nation of Australia, says

"This new network of marine reserves will help ensure that Australia's diverse marine environment, and the life it supports, remain healthy, productive and resilient for future generations."

A good day indeed for the world.

 

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New Dolphin Dreamtime Dub Music from Bigger Blue

clock June 11, 2012 18:41 by author BlueEcoBlog

Do you dolphin dreamtime? Do it.
Do wild dolphins play with people?
You tell me.
Double Dolphin Dreamtime Dub by shawn larkin and Bigger Blue
recorded at La Milpa Grande, El Guaco,
Dolphins need pelagic parks around the world.
you should help them.
Osa blue water pelagic, Costa Rica.

http://youtu.be/9Rg9nvA3_30

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No more Mexican Dolphin Slaves in Costa Rica!

clock June 8, 2012 07:41 by author BlueEcoBlog

World Oceans Day Splashback

Free the Dolphin Slaves held in Costa Rica.


Treated by family and friends, San Jose kids, interested in marine life, checked out some intelligent marine beings held in a life of slavery and prostitution in torturous and pathetic living conditions.


Yes, the Mexican circus is back in town and they have a new batch of dolphin slaves. The last dolphin slaves to visit the “no artificial-ingredients” country are dead. The same goes for all captive dolphins that have ever been in Costa Rica, save one who escaped.


Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to observe wild and free whales and dolphins. There are only a handful of tico cetacean specialists.

Cetacean watching is bigger than a billion-dollar-a-year industry.


Why are so many big-name sponsers backing the worst example possible for Costa Rica's future scientists? Why are children being corrupted for a Mexican circus?


These big sponsers could show kids wild dolphins and help create future researchers and guides, instead they hope to make a buck with dolphin slaves in pathetic little tubs. What are kids learning from this?


Possibly those in charge did not realize that captive dolphins were part of the circus. Surely they would not want to damage Costa Rica's tourism reputation or their own. This should not happen again. Those involved should instead fund city children's vists to one of Costa Rica's nearby oceans to learn about no artificial ingredients. That kind of PR will make more than a buck.


Telling Costa Ricans about threats from oil-drilling in Limon is also good PR. Once again, children are being ripped of for short-term special interests. As the multinational contaminators prepare to divvy up Limon's

resources, perhaps Ticos could be educated about who stands to profit and who stands to lose. It seems San Jose politicians are more concerned about their pockets then Limon's long-term tourist economy.


One spill could wipe out the Caribbian coast, leaving residents with nothing and politicians with fatter pockets. Is this really what Costa Ricans want, or are they still in the dark about what's going on out there?


A major campaign against the greedy and myopic commercial fishing intrests would also be great PR. These intrests are wiping out an incredibly productive resource with overfishing, longlines, and enormous killer nets. Many dolphins are killed with plundering and wasteful fishing techniques. A resource that could have always provided for future generations of Costa Ricans is being stolen by short-term greed.


When the fishery has, like most others in the world, collapsed, where will Ticos buy fish? Japan?


A public campaign against all these short-term interests would only be good business. As business competition increases in Costa Rica, consumers will choose businesses with something extra or different.

Many companies all over the world have found that a public Eco-consciosness increases product sales, room occupancy etc.


Those Costa Rican businesses thinking about long-term profits will quickly see the light, or should I say $, by showing long-term thought and not short-term greed. Costa Rican children deserve to be scientists, researchers, guides, and business owners not oil-rig janitors, dolphin killing commercial fishing crew, or circus acts. 

This article was published in The Tico Times in 1999 by Shawn Larkin.  Dolphins in captivity is now illegal in Costa Rica, so far the drillers are being kept at bay, and the myopic part of the commercial fishing fleet is---Oh well 2 for 3.  We are still working on trying to get them to stop killing and netting Costa Rican dolphins. WWW.costacetacea.com for more.

 

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Starry Ocean by NASA's van Gogh team

clock June 5, 2012 20:10 by author BlueEcoBlog

Starry Ocean by NASA's van Gogh team. Awesome Video from MIT, NASA and JPL.

Must see ocean video of the worlds SURFACE currents. Can't wait for the one that shows the deep as well. There is a longer 20 min version that is worth the download time as well.

Check it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTDvgFQQGjM&feature=channel&list=ULd

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Catch and Release Sportfishing is headed the way of African Big Game Tourist Hunting—More money and sustainability in oceanic adventure ecotourism

clock June 3, 2012 10:15 by author BlueEcoBlog
Are Catch and Release Sport Fishers hiding who really catches their fish? 


Long ago shooting big animals to say you did it, stuff it for your wall, or get a trophy photo of yourself looming over the motionless beast, seemed like a cool thing to do for many tourists. When the animals started disappearing, big game hunting began to appear to be more of a ego trip. Trophy catch and release sportfishing for fish might be headed on the same course, for the same reasons.


While sportfishing to eat fish will be around as long as there are fish, trophy fishing for endangered large animals to release might not last too much longer. As happened before with the fashion of big game hunting in Africa for Europeans, as more people find out what trophy fishing really entails, the mystique is being shattered. A heap of porters and a bunch of beasts of burden doing most of the work, once their roll was understood, took much of the glory out of big game hunting because the glory was theirs. And wealthy tourists didn’t really need or want to eat lions, tigers and rhinos.


The catch and release crowd of sport fishing is pretty darn similar. The glory belongs to the mates and captain who, almost always do the vast majority of the work. A thousand or so horsepower seems to help a lot as well. Watching, it can be difficult to figure out what some of the “sportfishers” do other than sit, sip, and reel the reel sometimes, often letting the mates do much of the reeling. The mates will then grab the fish, take the hook out, and put the “sport fisher” in position with the fish for a photo. Then a mate will often be the one to take the photo of somebody holding the fish he just caught.


So the sportfisher comes back and tells everyone he caught a great beast, but since the great beasts are disappearing, he was grand enough to let it go. Wow. Dude.


I do know people who really do battle these fish themselves, from fueling up the boats, to baiting the hooks, to hours sweating as they finesse a powerful giant to the boat without breaking the line, to gaffing it, hauling it in, killing it and then taking it home to their family or community. They kill the fish because this type of fisher usually does not go after endangered species that need to be released. They fish for food, and with their expert skill they target other species.


That is what the sport fishing industry should do. Forget about billfish, they are in danger. Catching billfish stresses the creature big time and only contributes to their problems. Or did you think this macho battle was easy on the fish?


Do you really need to catch billfish to release them? For what? To study them to find out why they are disappearing? There are a lot of other fish in the sea. You will be just as tough and cool catching those. Even better if you bring home some catch to feed the hungry.


The future of terrestrial big game conservation and economic generation was ecotourism, not tourists hunting lions and elephants and gazelle. The future of ocean big game moneymaking and protection will be adventure ecotourism, not catching and releasing endangered sailfish, marlin and sharks.


http://www.costacetacea.com/costaricanoceanslife/billfishrescuedive.html


Shawn Larkin All rights reserved. Copyright 2012. Alright.

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