24 Nov '11, 12am

The Divine Wind That Spared 900 Pilot Whales in the Ferocious Isles

The Divine Wind That Spared 900 Pilot Whales in the Ferocious Isles

The Divine Wind That Spared 900 Pilot Whales in the Ferocious Isles Commentary by Peter Hammarstedt, First Officer, Bob Barker A pilot whale Grind from 2010. Photo: Peter Hammarstedt It's an incredible phenomenon - long-finned pilot whales from different pods come together to form one fantastic aggregation, a super pod that socializes together across group lines. Cetacean researchers marvel at the natural occurrence because the social act is similar to a human festival, alive with song, play - and yes, even love, and sex. In the Danish Faeroe Islands, this wonder is seen as an opportunity, not to learn from this fantastic species, but to severely snuff out social structure and family ties by hook and blade. Last night, a super pod of 1,000 pilot whales was spotted from land off of Kirkjubø on Streymoy. In a country where debate rages over budgetary cuts of maritime search ...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2011...

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