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The Captains Log

For a Healthy Planet

What is the Significance of the Whales?

As we navigate these challenging times on Planet Earth, and sail into a new year, I ponder the importance of the oceans and the whales, and what we can do.  Much scientific data has been collected about these large creatures.  We know they were nearly hunted into extinction, and that their numbers are increasing under the protection of national and international laws.  We know a lot about their size, weight, habits, migration patterns.  We know that their songs are sung in patterns that meet the definition of what we humans define as music.  

We also know that humans are very curious about whales, and that there are thriving businesses here and across the globe that specialize in catering to our desire to get close to them.  Here on Maui, many people have arrived for respite from the cold and a chance to go out and see our whales.  Many whales are also arriving to give birth in these warm and friendly waters.  Very soon we will be in "peak season."

We have based our operations here on Maui for ten years now, and have learned a lot about the whales and the people who love them, and the people who study them.  We still have a lot to learn.  We are still working on finding our place in this world.  We want to contribute to increasing the awareness of the importance of the whales and the health of the oceans.   If nothing else, the whales are a reminder of the fact that the actions of humans can drive a species to  extinction or the brink of extinction...and that we humans can also take action collectively to make things better.

Despite the challenges of the economy for the past two years we are still hoping to be back in the ocean again this year, for our 11th season.  Thank you to all of you who have supported us in this endeavor with time, money, expertise, encouragement.  From the Whalesong Project, best wishes to all of you out there for a happy and healthy New Year.

  

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Buoy status

Team Maui is working on the buoy and is making progress. Avery helped Dan open up the electronics chamber to begin testing.

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Paypal button is working again!

We finally solved the internal problem on our website we had with the link to Paypal. The button is working again and you can easily use it to support our project. We are sorry for all the inconvenience we've caused! More and more whales are migrating to the waters around Maui and we at The Whalesong Project are working hard to get this upcoming whale season financed to bring you live whale songs. But we do need your help! Please go to 'You can help' - every contribution will bring our buoy closer to the launch. Mahalo nui or thank you so much in advance!

Great holiday gift plus support for The Whalesong Project

Make someone beloved happy with a wonderful and meaningful gift. Grace Mantle Studios offers this limited edition signed fine art print on archival paper and $25 per sale will be for The Whalesong project. We do appreciate this help very much and encourage you to visit the online shop.

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Artist Grace Mantle about her experience during the creation of this wonderful piece of art : "I was living in east Maui when I painted it, and during the time I was meditating and working on the image, the whales would appear in dramatic ways!

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Whales are being reported all around Maui now

We have heard reports now of sitings off of Kipahulu, Lahaina, Maʻalaea, Hoʻokipa and Hana.  Itʻs always an exciting time here on Maui when the Koholā return. 

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Thank you again to Michael Nolan for allowing us to use this beautiful photo of a mother and calf.

And big big thanks to Markus and Carsten with Whalesong Germany for bringing this new website online for us.  It is just being launched, so we appreciate your patience while all of the new features become active over the next few weeks.

Gulf oil spill and Whales

There has been a lot of speculation about the impact of the the oil spill on whales and dolphins. This story says NOAA is investigating the death of a Sperm Whale near the accident. In Hawaiian, the Sperm Whale is called Palaoa. The Palaoa are considered a form of Kanaloa, the God of the Ocean. They were hunted to near extinction, and are still an endangered species. Lets hope the problems in the gulf are solved soon, and that some wisdom is developed that will help turn the tide in favor of healthy oceans.

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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'