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The Captains Log

For a Healthy Planet

The Whalesong buoy is LIVE!

Aloha everyone!

We had the usual challenges, but got the buoy in thanks to Bruce and Sher logistics and anchor setting, Paulo buoy refurbishing and base station set up, Trisha and Radha launch support, a host of other volunteers, Kihei Lifeguards with their jet ski. And Wendy Acosta for rescuing the buoy end of 2011 season and storing parts under her hale.

A rainbow greeted us on a sunny calm morning, after days of heavy rain on January 8. I only had a few days on Maui before Tokyo. A baby whale was born at Charley Young Beach so it was mobbed - and there were DLNR and Coast Guard teams there to protect the baby.

It was a lot of work for Paulo to get the base station going...the usual complex technical issues and our base computer broke down dead. It took the rest of this month for Paulo, Markus and I to get a new computer, and iron out the base station issues, but itʻs now working. Mahalo Paulo, and each of you. And Pua for the beautiful lei for the buoy.  And Markus for logistical support from Germany even as your new baby was born. Congratulations!

I presented Paulo with that shell lei (below) to thank him for accompanying me on several trips to Japan during the disaster, for saving the buoy after the earlier tsunami.

Also, we owe a great deal of gratitude to Wendy Grace, who donated significantly recently.  And each of you has contributed significantly to the project. And mahalo to my wife Nit for handing me tools and testing the system with me in the rain. Thanks to each of you.

From California where I am enjoying listening to the whales singing in my office, Aloha!


The launch team


Angriff auf die deutsche Internetseite www.whalesong.info

Vor knapp 10 Jahren ging sie an den Start - die deutsche Version des Whalesong Projects: www.whalesong.info.

Leider war uns das Jubiläum am 2.1.2013 nicht vergönnt... Ende Dezember wurde unsere Webseite angegriffen und nachhaltig zerstört. Eine Rekonstruierung der Seite kostet genau so viel Aufwand wie komplett eine neue aufzubauen. Diesen Schock haben wir noch nicht ganz verdaut! Da durch die anhaltende Krise in den USA Whalesong Deutschland einen entscheidenden finanziellen Beitrag zum Überleben des Gesamtprojektes leistet, fehlt es momentan einfach an genügend 'Spielgeld', um etwas Professionelles aufzubauen. Wir hoffen auf Euer Verständnis, dass wir vorerst auf die amerikanische Webseite umgeleitet haben. Über die weitere Entwicklung wollen wir hier berichten.

Positiv ist die Tatsache, dass es uns gleich Anfang des Jahres gelang, die Boje - nach einjähriger Pause ins Wasser zu bringen. Nun fehlt noch ein PC, der die Daten an den Provider des Live-Streams schicken kann. Eine Spende in den USA in diesen Tagen ermöglicht uns die Finanzierung. Es wird noch ein wenig dauern, bis wir alle Schnittstellen sauber aufeinander abgestimmt haben, aber eine Live-Übertragung der Gesänge der Buckelwale vor Maui wird es in diesem Jahr definitiv geben! Bitte bleibt uns treu!

Attack on German website www.whalesong.info

We are shocked to notice that our German website for The Whalesong Project www.whalesong.info got hacked and mostly destroyed. We are seeking for possibilities to get the website up and running again. Meanwhile we ask for your understanding that we will post in German once in a while. Thank you very much or on Hawaiian: Mahalo nui!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Whalesong followers out there. Mahalo nui for all your support! We  are preparing for a new season of broadcasting the songs of the Hawaiian humpback whales. Please stay tuned...

First humpback of the season spotted!

The first humpback whale of the season was spotted by a boat captain off the coast of the Big Island in Honaunau Bay on September, 26th!

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the captain witnessed two tail slaps from a humpback whale yearling in the bay which is located on the South Kona coast.


Plastic debris is becoming a threat to marine mammals

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will be held in Jersey, United Kingdom, beginning on July 11. Apart from the ongoing fight to stop commercial whaling a scientific assessment about ocean garbage was presented at a key international whaling forum this week. 

Millions of tonnes of plastic debris dumped each year in the world's oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales. A review of research literature from the last two decades reveals hundreds of cases in which cetaceans -- an order including 80-odd species of whales, dolphins and porpoises - have been sickened or killed by marine litter.

Entanglement in plastic bags and fishing gear have long been identified as a threat to sea birds, turtles and smaller cetaceans. For large ocean-dwelling mammals, however, ingestion of such refuse is also emerging as a serious cause of disability and death, experts say. Read the full article on France24.com

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For our German friends

Für unsere deutschen Whalesong-Freunde:

Leider wurde unsere Webseite www.whalesong.info angegriffen und weitestgehend zerstört. Momentan suchen wir intensiv nach einer Möglichkeit eine neue Seite aufzubauen. Mehr Infos im 'The Captain's Log'