What a heartwarming and hopeful sight to see people working so arduously to help a pod of beached pilot whales, coming as is did within days of Japan’s renewed slaughter of the same species.
Selfishly, I have to say that it has taken enormous reserves for me to write about whale slaughter while trying to keep an open and understanding mind. I have had to view hundreds of gory photos and read heartbreaking accounts of cruelty, and contemplate the toxic load that these animals carry. Those images invaded my sleep and tested my belief in human kindness, so it is heartfelt gratitude that I offer all those who step in to help, however they can.
Wildlife experts and volunteers in the Florida Keys have rescued eight pilot whales stranded in shallow waters and are using boats and a helicopter to locate more of the animals, officials said on Friday…More than 100 people, including Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials and volunteers, backed by a flotilla of small boats and a Coast Guard helicopter, were scouring the area looking for more of the beached whales. (MSNBC)
Via Samantha Whitcraft: 24+ hours without sleep; 12 hours on-site with the pilot whales; 7 whales rescued and now being cared for; 3 hour drive back to Miami; a million thank you’s to everyone [FWC, Navy, NOAA, Coast Guard, students] that was there for the pilot whales all night and this morning (especially Shelby Proie and “Thelma-to-my-Louise, Kendra Silvera)!