Migaloo2 Whale Ocean Conservation Yacht

Migaloo2 Whale Ocean

Conservation Yacht

The aim of yacht Migaloo 2 is to use it as a platform to raise awarness on important issues facing whales, dolphins and ocean health. The idea is to travel along the east coast of Australia during the humpback whale migration visiting ports along the way showing films and giving talks about these critical issues.

I also plan to do lots of live internet streaming from Migaloo 2 so the whole world including the Japanese can see what amazing beings the whales and dolphins are.

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I would not have been able to sit by and let these transient aggressive orcas attack and eat a baby humpback whale and just film and goo gar. I would have put my boat in The way of the orcas and let the baby and mother whale know they could stay by the boat for protection. Residents orcas don't usually kill other whales they can eat fish where as these rouge transient orcas that travel the world attacking baby whales often just eat the tongue and leave the rest. Some call this nature at work. I call it nature out of balance and I certainly would have let the orcas know they where out of order. It's sad to see so many people and comments thinking this was an amazing thing to witness. Would these people think and act the same if someone had fallen over and they where doing the same to a human to eat its tongue. Just goes to show other sentient beings can be out of harmony with nature too. Fuck you transient orcas 🙏🐋❤️ Lyn Olive Howie Cooke ... Read MoreSee Less

6 months ago

A baby humpback whale that got tangled in a shark net is now dragging the net and floats as she swims past Sydney. I hope they cut the net of before she ties and drowns. Then pull all these fucking sharknets up and melt them into park benches. ... Read MoreSee Less

6 months ago

Another whale calf entangled in SHARKNETS at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast today. Sep 27th. Yesterday saw the 4th whale entangled in a Queensland shark net this migration season at Noosa:
- Noosa’s popular Main Beach (September 26)
- Rainbow Beach (June 21)
- Southport’s Main Beach (June 27)
- Currumbin (July 21)
Come on, just pull up the shark nets now. FFS

Another whale calf entangled in SHARKNETS at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast today. Sep 27th. Yesterday saw the 4th whale entangled in a Queensland shark net this migration season at Noosa:
- Noosa’s popular Main Beach (September 26)
- Rainbow Beach (June 21)
- Southport’s Main Beach (June 27)
- Currumbin (July 21)
Come on, just pull up the shark nets now. FFSBREAKING UPDATE! Make that FIVE. Yet another whale calf entangled at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast today.
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Fourth Humpback Whale Tangled in Queensland Shark Nets Yesterday

Yesterday saw the 4th whale entangled in a Queensland shark net this migration season:
- Noosa’s popular Main Beach (September 26)
- Rainbow Beach (June 21)
- Southport’s Main Beach (June 27)
- Currumbin (July 21)

The humpback whale calf was released after at least three hours of entanglement.

* LINKS at the bottom to assist contacting the correct Member of Parliament.

Mother and baby humpbacks are now migrating south along the Queensland coast after birthing in warmer waters north. On this journey back to the Southern Ocean, humpback whales tend closer to the coast and actively seek shelter areas such as Hervey Bay, Noosa and the Gold Coast for rest and play.

It is disingenuous of the Queensland Government to be claiming that our tourism industry requires these shark nets when it is clear that entangling whales right in front of the eyes of these very tourists is counterproductive.

The Queensland Government is openly resisting necessary and sensible changes even in the light of robust scientific opinion recently backed by the Federal Court. This government is actively seeking to undermine the very laws we have to protect these whales and other marine creatures at dire risk because of these nets.

It is complete nonsense that the Queensland Government continues to advocate for lethal shark bite mitigation methods when the Department of Fisheries’ can roll out drone technology to ‘protect waterways in the Gulf’ and Little Ripper has been approached to use drones to protect beachgoers in North Queensland from crocodiles.

Sea Shepherd has a solution for the Queensland Government on this matter. Imagine if instead of spending extra millions of dollars on a deeply unpopular and ineffective shark culling program, the Queensland Government invested in the latest drone technology via a grant to Queensland Surf Life Saving.

Such a program would be:
- managed by those already expert in beach safety,
- utilise proven technology and,
- be flexible enough to cover flagged beaches and surf breaks.

Such a program would provide a positive story for tourism in this state – telling people that we DO have you covered at our beaches and we DO protect our vital marine ecosystems. This would be a win for all concerned.

Please contact your local state MP to express your concerns and explain this simple idea:
www.parliament.qld.gov.au/members/current/list

Qld Minister for Fisheries:
The Hon Mark Furner
agriculture@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Queensland Premier:
The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk
thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au

Qld Minister for Tourism:
The Hon Kate Jones
tourism@ministerial.qld.gov.au
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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Another whale caught and nearly died in a fucking shark net on the Gold Coast today. How many whales and sea creatures need to die in these ridiculous ineffective shark nets before we as a species say enough is enough. They don't work. Senate enquiries Court cases , expert witnesses all say the same thing, Shark nets don't make us safer they just kill Marine life. Pull the shark nets up NOW. add your name here. www.change.org/p/queensland-minister-for-fisheries-stop-whale-entanglement-and-collision-and-secu... ... Read MoreSee Less

9 months ago

Its not a whale rescue its another fucking whale entanglement in a fucking shark net. Im so pissed off with Queensland Gov that just refunded the shark net and drum line baiting program over the next 4 years to 17 million dollars and they only put one million into non lethal shark deterrents that are heaps more effective and don't kill our precious marine life. They appealed a court decision that said the lethal shark net program doesn't make people safer and ignored Senate recommendations to remove the nets. DAH. So angry. Talk about so last century, Boycott QLD. ... Read MoreSee Less

9 months ago

Turtle hooked on QLD archaic drum lines meant to kill sharks. 😡😱 Stop killing and torturing marine creatures. Pull up the drum lines and sharknets NOW🐋🐬🙏

Turtle hooked on QLD archaic drum lines meant to kill sharks. 😡😱 Stop killing and torturing marine creatures. Pull up the drum lines and sharknets NOW🐋🐬🙏ENDANGERED LOGGERHEAD TURTLE CAUGHT ON DRUMLINE

On Wednesday last week, the Apex Harmony Crew were faced yet again with the sad sight of an endangered Loggerhead turtle fighting for life after becoming hooked on a Queensland Shark Control Program drumline on Queensland's Gold Coast at Rainbow Bay.
Approaching slowly, it became apparent that this turtle was exhausted and distressed. As she surfaced for air we could see the hook caught in her lower jaw before she struggled to dive and escape.

We called the Queensland Shark Control Program (QSCP) Manager who said the contractor was on the water replacing a net further north along the coast. The contractor attended about 3/4hr later. The hook came free from the turtle's mouth as she was dragged towards the boat. This meant the turtle was not taken to a rescue centre and we understand it is rare that this happens anyway. So the welfare of this turtle is now uncertain though we did see her surface for air once after her escape. We do not know the damage that may have been done by the hook or how she will cope after such a stressful experience.

Turtles and Dolphins often come to feed off the bait on these large hooks – put in place by the Queensland Government's Shark Control Program. This turtle was lucky in that a Sea Shepherd crew was there to report this before it was too late, unlike hundreds of other marine animals who lose their lives to this outdated system every year.

156 turtles were caught in QSCP gear on the Gold Coast (2001-2019) and subsequently recorded as ‘alive’.

Green – 23
Leatherback – 11
Loggerhead – 120
Olive Ridley – 1

As little as four were taken to care after the ordeal of having a shark hook through the mouth or other body part.

A further 17 were dead.

You can make a difference. Take action with a message to your local Queensland MP.

Photo - Rebecca Griffiths/Sea Shepherd

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1 years ago

Boycott Japan, Seaworld and any captive cetacean entertainment industry. Dolphins and whales deserve to live forever free in the worlds oceans. Another 18 dolphins captured for the slave trade in Japan. Shame on you Japan. 🐬🐋🌊🌈👌🙏✨ ... Read MoreSee Less

1 years ago

Add this caption to the end of the following hilarious video of an honest add for Queensland tourism.
"Oh and don't forget the ferocious man eating sharks, hey but don't worry we have shark nets. Oh they forgot to let you know the sharks swim under over and around the nets so in reality they are just a placebo to make over seas tourist feel safe. Oh yeah and they kill all the marine creatures we tourist love to see."
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1 years ago

Maybe it’s time to start cutting the marine creatures free from the shark nets and not worry about being fined. What are they going to do if you don’t have the money or refuse to pay. What if some people without assets cut an animal free which they are allowed to do IMO and refused to pay and all went to jail and sent a global media message out to boycott qld and beaches that had shark nets, the nets would come up. Also going to court would be a good opportunity to challenge the illegality and danger of the shark nets and state that the government is not following its own senate inquiry recommendations and give it more media. I guess there is a strategic decision being made is a photo of a dying or dead sting ray having more effects  at removing the nets than just cutting one free. At some point this strategy may need to be reviewed for another one. Just an idea.Image attachmentImage attachment

Maybe it’s time to start cutting the marine creatures free from the shark nets and not worry about being fined. What are they going to do if you don’t have the money or refuse to pay. What if some people without assets cut an animal free which they are allowed to do IMO and refused to pay and all went to jail and sent a global media message out to boycott qld and beaches that had shark nets, the nets would come up. Also going to court would be a good opportunity to challenge the illegality and danger of the shark nets and state that the government is not following its own senate inquiry recommendations and give it more media. I guess there is a strategic decision being made is a photo of a dying or dead sting ray having more effects at removing the nets than just cutting one free. At some point this strategy may need to be reviewed for another one. Just an idea. ... Read MoreSee Less

1 years ago

Now would be a good time to write to Ballinas councillors to get rid of the shark nets and put pressure where it needs to go to bring about positive change and get the non lethal alternatives implemented and thank Keith Williams for his stand. It would be really useful in this process if you felt to invest a few minutes of your time to speak for the hundreds of marine creatures that will die in these nets if they stay up. if you could send an email to the following Ballina council and DPI minister outlining your concerns to the Ballinas councillors emails below. Its not rocket science. The nets are not working just killing our precious marine creatures. Its time to implement the more effective non lethal alternatives like drones.You can also see the page i set up for more info on why 'shark nets don't work'. www.facebook.com/groups/979516798866387/

david.wright@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
jeff.johnson@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
phil.meehan@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
nathan.willis@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
stephen.mccarthy@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
stephen.mccarthy@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
sharon.cadwallader@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
eoin.johnston@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
ben.smith@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
sharon.parry@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
keith.williams@ballina.nsw.gov.au,
and www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/contact-us/feedback
Minister for NSW DPI Fisheries NSW Department of Primary Industries, Niall Blair. FB Page
www.facebook.com/NiallBlairMLC/
or www.nsw.gov.au/…/minister-for-primary-industries-m…/
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2 years ago

Prime news tonight used some of my footage swimming around the shark nets yesterday. Come on peeps lets make this big. Bring a kayak and spare if you have one for someone else and another go pro or 2 would be good. We are going to live stream it with a drone. The same tec that should be being used instead of the nets. The big lie is being exposed. ... Read MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Does anyone have info on when the shark nets are being deployed off Ballina. Says below from nov 1st. We should let them know what we think about these shark nets being deployed for another 2 years off ballina. 275 sea animals were caught during last 6 month trial  with over half of them drowning. Environment ministers are supposed to look after the environment not grant exemptions to environmental laws so they can kill marine life based on fear and not science.

Does anyone have info on when the shark nets are being deployed off Ballina. Says below from nov 1st. We should let them know what we think about these shark nets being deployed for another 2 years off ballina. 275 sea animals were caught during last 6 month "trial " with over half of them drowning. Environment ministers are supposed to look after the environment not grant exemptions to environmental laws so they can kill marine life based on fear and not science.NSW shark net 'trials' get another two-year exemption by the Australian Federal Govt. No obvious effect except to trap marine wildlife. ... Read MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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Migaloo Spotted off Port Macquarie today. He will probably pass Byron between midday monday and midday tuesday depending on how fast he is swimming. Head up to the light house and you may see him swim by. Im glad migaloo 2 is ready and I plan to sail out on monday to say hi. Bunna Lawrie told me the legend of Jiddera (migaloo) the white whale many years ago. Similar to the white buffalo he signifies a time of great changes on the earth. I hope all the whale watch boat on the gold coast and every where keep the required distance away and don't hassle him. www.migaloo2.com/home ... Read MoreSee Less

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Got a call last week that there was a stranded baby humpback on Seven mile beach. Zapped down there and some local lads had already helped it back out. Heard later that someone wanted it kept on the beach so Sea World Vet could come and see what the problem was. Sorry Sea world you have lost my and many peoples confidence especially after killing the Cabaret calf and others that stranded. Best idea if you see a stranding just ring some mates and help it out your self. Keep sea world out of it unless there is no other way. The pic and rave below is from ORRCA. They do a good job. just reckon we need a few free radicals to make sure the whales needs are always first and a whale isn't killed just for science. Shows to me rescue first, ask questions later ...... "A very young neonate Humpback whale stranded today at seven mile beach near Lennox head. Lots of wonderful people worked very hard to re-float and release the calf as there was a pod of Humpback whales just offshore. ORRCA volunteers and National parks staff stayed on site until sunset searching several beaches and watching from nearby headlands. The whole team is cautiously optimistic that the young calf is successfully reunited with its mum. Hopefully a case of misadventure not abandonment. Please call the ORRCA hotline 94153333 if you see any stranded whale or dolphin.
So many of our volunteers attended today and several were on standby for back up if the calf re-stranded... An absolutely wonderful team. Thank you!".
Just had another beautiful week out in Hervey Bay sailing on migaloo 2 with the whales. Enjoyed some magic time on kgari Fraser Island northern tip in the sand dunes and the boys even went for a surf. No shark paranoia for them. Roonies was full of whale magic as usual and we all felt very blessed to be in the whales and dolphins presence. This week is the week Japan wants to start killing dolphins in Taaji. We prayed and visualized that this sadistic practice will end and all cetaceans will swim free in the worlds oceans. More info see www.migaloo2.com
Media Release.. 22- 7- 14...Migaloo 2  skipper calls for the removal of shark nets and drum lines....Only days after marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2 sailed from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast last week holding up banners off Snapper Rocks shark nets saying that shark nets and drum line need to be removed a baby whale was tangled up and drowned in a net and a dolphin killed by a drum line.

Skipper of Migaloo 2, Dean Jefferys said, “This is the second baby
humpback whale to be drowned and killed in these outdated shark nets in the last ten months and proves that the dangers to marine life of these nets and drum lines are not worth it. .
Shark nets are purely cosmetic to convince tourists they are “safe”. The nets do not
protect anyone at all – sharks can swim over, under, and around the
nets. Baited drum lines actually attract sharks and kill non targeted species like 
this recent baby dolphin just off shore from SeaWorld
and the shark nets are also non effective. Most sharks and other marine life die inside the nets trying to get back to sea from the shore and the by catch is enormous. From 1960 and 1990 shark nets entangled 216 dolphins, 2140 turtles, 552 dugongs including many migrating humpback. They should be removed immediately to prevent more needless marine deaths. 29 whales have been caught in shark nets since 2000; of those only 26 have been successfully freed. Some
are not found and die slowly from suffocation or wounds from the nets.
Last migration season six whales were tangled and another baby
humpback died in a shark net of Sydney. The shark drum line policy
needs to end and these soft rope shark nets need to go. If fear and
propaganda still has a place in promoting overseas tourism then at the
very least they should be replaced with the harder plastic nets that
dont tangle up and kill marine life. Sharks play an important role in 
maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem and shouldn't be seen as the 
devil that film directors made them out to be 30 years ago. If the dolphin does servive the wound of the drum line we trust SeaWorld who currently are nursing the dolphin will free it when it is better and not force it into a live of slavery doing silly tricks for humans and food."

In the photo taken By Darious Kissner from Left to Right Earth
Guardians from Byron are Jasmin Jeferys, Satima Ornano, Jack Norris,
and Sage Jefferys

more info see http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/baby-humpback-whale-dies-in-shark-nets-off-bilinga/story-fnj94j0t-1226996463582
and www.ecosharkbarrier.com.au

Migaloo 2, a 45 ft ketch, has just started a 3 month awareness journey sailing from Byron Bay to Hervey Bay spreading awareness about the dangers facing the marine environment and its inhabitants.

To contact Dean Jefferys ring 0467485903
and see
http://migaloo2.com
https://www.facebook.com/Migaloo2
Migaloo 2 meets Migaloo off Byron. Still recovery after a truly EPIC day sailing off the Byron Coast yesterday (Monday 23rd July) in Migaloo 2 where I fulfilled a ten year dream of meeting Migaloo the White Humpback Whale.
I calculated Migaloo's expected ETA in Byron from sightings in Eden and Sydney and working out at 3.9 knots he’d be here around 5 am Monday morning if he kept that speed. I checked the weather and yes perfect conditions for sailing to Byron and anchoring in the Bay. Sunday was a nice sail yet not only didn’t we see Migaloo but no one whale was to be seen the whole day. Maybe they where traveling in a big convoy party with Migaloo. First light and I was paddling to the beach to pick up Martin and Domi in the Inflatable kayak. We made it out to whale highway just as the first golden rays of the sun forced there way over the lava looking clouds on the horizon. Watchful for any sign of a Whale a puff a splash ripples on the water sounds anything we were high in anticipation. There’s a splash and Domi hits the accelerator on migaloo 2 and we head towards it. It’s a black fella or white fella Id yell. Migaloo is the aboriginal translation for white fella. We zig zagged back and forth in front of the lighthouse for hours during the morning determined not to let a pod go past without confirming whether or not the white fella was amongst them. As the day moved on and pod after pod reveled no migaloo we followed some black fellas north. Around 2 pm just as the expected north westerly wind which would take us home to Brunswick Harbor started to picked up I received an excited call from my niece Bridie from Cape Byron lookout. “I can see Migaloo” she said. I said we are right up level with Brunswick you sure that’s not another boat you can see. Bridie exclaimed in a higher level of excitement no no I can see migaloo the white whale. Migaloo the white whale? Yes. I screamed MIGALOOOOO. I changed coarse immediately for the Byron light house. In the 40 minutes it took to sail to the general area he could have fanned out to a large area. One report said he swam past Julian rocks but where. I saw some big splashes and white pectoral fins further east so we took off in that direction. The news helicopter was flying around then hovered over the cape. Was it just getting a nice shot of the cape or was migaloo down below. Several frantic radio calls to the local Whale watch boat and the helicopter didn’t get a response so we were in the lap of the Gods. The ocean was covered in white caps so spotting a cruising white whale now became very difficult. Big breaches and splashes where the whales main locating device. The wind had picked up to a strong 18 knots NW wind and on the side with most of the sail out we were flying and leaning right over. Crashes came from down below and things not secured went flying everywhere. This all added to the excitement of being so close to the icon of the east coast whale migration and symbol of the great changing times we are in. I do a quick piece to camera about the white animals and their significant at these critical times. The legend of Jeedarra the White Whale from the Mirrning Tribe in SA The White Buffalo of the Hopi Legend the White Dolphin recently captured in the Cove and now in a sea museum in Taiji in Japan. All these White animals and more are being born in these recent crazy times. What is there message. I aim to find out. (read more about my new film “ The Whale Whisperers” http://pozi.be/thewhalewhisperers?ra=31203 )

A quick look at the navionics app on my I phone to check distance time and current coarse and with the Sun going down I decide its time to head towards Brunswick Heads and some big splashes I can see in the distance our last chance to see migaloo. We passed at least 15 pods and around 35 whales over the day many doing huge breaches tail slaps and pec flaps it was like a huge party or celebration. I’ve never seen anything like it around the Byron region in my 15 years of observation. This splashing in the distance would be our last pod to check if migaloo was amongst them. Fortunately it was right on route to Brunswick. As we sailed closer directly into the bright setting sun and reflections off the ocean all we could see was the dark silhouetted shape of a huge whale throwing its 20 ton body into the air then entering the water world again with a huge thud. Is it white I would scream at anyone looking. Cant tell its silhouetted was the reply. Now only 3 kl from the Brunswick River mouth and sun nearly down right at my beam and now with the sun slightly behind me I saw the huge white whale launch itself high into the air. With the grace of a ballerina this 20 ton animal did a little twist at the apex of his flight into the air world so as to land flat on his back on the water with a massive thump and double splash. MIGALOOOOO I screamed at the top of my voice and pointed in the direction of the splash. I could hardly believe my eyes. What has just been videos filmed from helicopters or photographs on a webs site was now for the shortest of moments in my world in front of my eyes. Like God revealing him/herself for just and instant Migaloo appeared like a flash of white light from the ocean. My heart pumping like I was running a marathon excitement elation fulfillment ahhhhhhh I could feel that migaloo felt Migaloo 2s presence. He would have know people where on board so he was aware of us. Was he aware of us individually? Did he know the boat was named after him? Did he know how possessed by whales I am? I believe whales are telepathic creatures so anything is possible. Had I already have gone through the telepathic training I am preparing myself for to make my next doco called “The Whale Whisperers” I may have picked up a message from this iconic whale yet my being and head was so full of excitement adrenalin and elation I simply surrendered into these feeling and that of gratitude for this amazing encounter.

I lay quietly on the back deck after dropping anchor in the Brunswick Harbor as the last pink clouds faded to grey absorbing the encounter yet like and addict wanting more. Next time I dreamed in a quite and relaxing atmosphere maybe by a small island in the Great Barrier Reef after my telepathic training or with a professional Animal Communicator. What would he say?

Campaign Launch for Migaloo 2 for 2014.

Come celebrate the Campaign Launch for Migaloo 2 for 2014. I will be showing some short films I’ve shot on Migaloo 2 with the whales over the last years. Martin the cameraman on this migaloo encounter day is editing a short film up of the day as well. Also Ill show a short inspiring film on The Bentley Blockade I shot over the last 2 months out there. Other Shorts include recent activities of the Sea Shepherds in the Antarctic, Sharks, Promo clip of my new film “ The Whale Whisperers” and more...

Talks by Dean Jefferys Howie Cooke Surfers For Cetaceans (S4C) Nicole McLachlan Friends of India, Giving it Back Stop Shark Cull QLD Rep from CSG Music by Darpan and friends. It will be a Victory Celebration for everything we have achieved for future generations and other species.

This is also the launch of my crowd funding campaign for my new film “ The Whale Whisperers” see http://pozi.be/thewhalewhisperers?ra=31203
At Kulcha Jam 1 Acacia St Byron Industrial Estate Saturday 28th June 5pm $10 Chai and Food available
This event will be Live Streamed from www.migaloo2.com from 5pm onward
I’ve just posted my Migaloo 2 newsletter July 2014 * covering important issues
The International Court of Justice, A victory against Japanese Whaling
* Bentley Coal Seam Gas Blockade victory
* My New Doco “The Whale Whisperers” and Crowd Funding campaign Celebration
* Migaloo 2 Gets ready to join the Humpback whale migration to sail to the Great Barrier Reef.
* Migaloo 2 Campaign Launch 2014 Films, Music, Talks.
To see this newsletter click the following link. http://eepurl.com/WY5Lb

Feel free to share this newsletter and invite friends to this migaloo 2 launch. Here is the URL of the launch if you want to post it on your wall. https://www.facebook.com/events/324543261028680/?fref=ts
Just about to head to Fraser Island to do ceremony to stop Japan killing dolphins sep 1. See the ceremony live streamed at www.migaloo2.com at 11am tomorrow
Here is the poster if anyone felt to download and print a few posters and stick them up around the place.
We are Paul Watson copy Howie Cooke s banner to A4 from my FB site here, or from www.migaloo2.com and take a photo of you with it and upload. Let Germany and the world know if they take Paul they take us all because he speaks for us and we speak for him
We are Paul Watson copy Howie Cooke s banner to A4 from my FB site here, or from www.migaloo2.com and take a photo of you with it and upload. Let Germany and the world know if they take Paul they take us all because he speaks for us and we speak for him
“Sailing the Winds of Change 2012 and beyond”
While staying with my mother by Morton Bay near Brisbane, fixing and preparing Migaloo 2 for the big sail north to Cairns, I discovered this picture of me being held by my mother when I was 1 year and 3 months young, in Byron Bay, looking at a dead humpback whale being dragged along the wharf at Belongil, in June 1959. Wow… Insane… More insane is, I remember that day. I can remember seeing blood being pumped off the end of the wharf and sharks swimming in what must have been the remains of the whales. Seeing these photos stimulates more memories of that day and feelings that something was not quite right. The photo next to me with the whale is me showing my grandma how big the whale was. 

So now, 53 years later, as I sail on my 3000 kl journey “Sailing the Winds of Change 2012 and beyond” to raise awareness about whale freedom and marine conservation issues, I ponder why do I care so much for whales freedom and why do I have a deep desire to listen to and understand them. Did something mysterious happen on that day?

I spent most of the 1990s deep in the Amazon filming and searching for wisdoms from the ancient human shamans. Now I’m following these ancient shamans of the oceans who have swam on planet ocean in harmony for 30 million years to see what it is they want to share with us if we care to listen. 

I skype interviewed Mick Mac Intyre at the recent International Whaling Commission in Panama, and asked him if he felt optimistic. He reminded me that only 50 years ago people were killing whales at Byron Bay and now Byron is a whale watching capital. To think of the change in the way humans think and feel about whales and most animals in the last 50 years, its massive. 

So with a deep breath I sigh and ponder how many whales, dolphins, sharks etc are still to die before we humans wake up as a species to not only what we are doing to fellow mammals but all of nature and this precious planet ocean. 
Since I sailed from Byron two weeks ago, two humpback whales migrating up the east coast, have been caught it these ridicules shark nets. One died, possibly slowly over a ten day period as it struggled to free itself from shark nets installed off beaches to satisfy people living in fear, inspired by a 30 year old fictional film.'

And the leaders of this process of change continue to be persecuted like the witch hunts of old. Both modern day freedom fighters, Julian Asange and Paul Watson are fighting politically motivated extraditions to corrupt countries that profit from what they are exposing. Julian seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for exposing America’s crimes against humanity and Paul just skipped out of Germany to avoid Costa Rica’s extradition attempt to charge him for stopping the illegal slaughter of sharks and other endangered marine creatures. Is Costa Rica’s extradition also a plan by Japan to extradite Paul from an easy controllable country like Costa Rica to Japan, similarly to what America wants to do with Julian from Sweden. Now Germany joins the list of countries along with Costa Rica, Sweden, America and Japan who cant be trusted to do what is right and instead join forces with countries who flaunt human rights and natures laws and profit from the destruction of species and eco-systems. Julian and Paul both fear for their lives in this corrupt global system that persecutes the hero’s and rewards the villains. Both must be feeling that even with the whole world watching these global villains cant be trusted with their truth, conviction or their lives. 
Follow Deans “ Sailing the Winds of Change 2012 and beyond” marine conservation campaign at http://migaloo2.com/ and http://twitter.com/DeanJefferys
National Whale Day (an IFAW initiative) Migaloo 2 Launch + Sea Shepherd Fundraiser June 2nd Byron Bay OZ
SOS, Save Our Skipper, solidarity action for Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson from Byron Bay light house, most easterly point of Australia. Well we invite the whales to come in solidarity with Paul Watson and they did. Right on que. When we were all holding up our banners and flags for the northern star photographer one of the first whales of the season breached about one kl straight behind us. Unfortunately that instant was not snapped yet it was witnessed by many. They knew we were there for them defending their right to swim free. And if you look real close in the background you may just see a puff. For more info on National Whale Day in Byron on June 2nd and on Migaloo 2 "Sailing the winds of change 2012 and beyond" see www.migaloo2.com http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2012/05/24/whales-show-of-support/
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