Repost from @elliptical_me @racingextinction
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Activist Dances with Whales to Highlight Their Plight
Here’s a clip from @shawnheinrichs’ cinematic short film about a woman (@hannahmermaid) who has been deeply #betrayed. Believing she will never #trust again, she sinks into depression, severing all connections with her world. Plunging deep into despair, she experiences an unexpected visit by #humpback whale calf, a being whose species has suffered the greatest of betrayals.
The woman rediscovers hope and love, dancing with #joy as she experiences a profound #connection, and comes face to face with this #incredible being. The shock twist at the end is a sad indictment of the human race, and a strong wake up call to #humanity to recognize the #beauty, vulnerability and worth of this giant #sentient being.
Well over 2 MILLION #whales were killed by commercial whalers in the 20th Century, driving most great whale species to the brink of extinction. Finally in 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling, giving whales a reprieve from the mass slaughter, and offering these species a last chance at survival. Since then however, #Japan, #Norway and #Iceland have continued whaling, killing over 30,000 more great whales.
For the last few weeks, Icelandic whalers have been hunting endangered fin whales using grenade-tipped harpoons. This government-approved hunt makes no economic sense, as the global market for fin whale meat has almost disappeared. Meanwhile, whale-watching in Iceland is booming. One in five tourists pay to watch whales, contributing $20 million USD annually to the country's economy.
As the largest marine mammals, whales play a critical role in keeping our #oceans healthy. They prevent species over-population, regulate food systems and combat climate change. They're also #intelligent, sentient and social #animals. Our two species share more than just DNA; we share needs, emotions and vulnerabilities.
Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir announced that her government will launch a full review of the whaling industry this fall.