Tea breaks will never be the same

by Guest Blogger

December 9, 2005

Seeing my first whale in the wild was one of the most amazing moments of my life. It’s also one of the only times I can remember experiencing the slightly weird phenomena of crying happy tears. That is until yesterday when I saw another one.

It was afternoon smoko (aka 15:00 tea break) and everyone had emerged onto the helideck for a well-earned rest. The sun was out, the sky a vivid blue and the light was extraordinary, brighter and sharper than I’ve ever seen. To greet us on every side were spectacular picture book icebergs, the kind you imagine exist only in documentaries and an amazing array of sea birds cruised alongside the ship. To complete the picture the heartbeat-hum of the ships engine was accompanied by the sounds of the crew oohhing and aahhing and cameras were out in force.

Only a few whales have been spotted since leaving Cape Town. The best chance to see them is if you do watches on the bridge where looking ahead for icebergs and sneaky little growlers (smaller and rather dangerous chunks of ice that hide just on the waterline) is part of your job. Andy and Mikey who were on watch between 04:00 and 08:00 yesterday morning saw around twelve humpbacks. Not bad for a mornings work!

Anyway, there we were on deck when the cry of "Whale!" was heard and everyone clustered staring in the direction of the pointed finger. The thing with whales is that they only have to come to the surface to breath and different species can stay under the water for different amounts of time. But after a few moments we saw the classic blow of misty water and then with a flick of its tail it was gone.

What is it about seeing a bit of a tail flicking out of the water 100 meters away that can make you cry? To be honest I have no idea but whatever it is it’s why I’m here and why we have to work together to stop companies like Nissui (the guys that own Gorton’s) from killing them to make a few bucks.

The team onboard these ships have come together from all around the world. To be effective we have had to join forces, to become a crew with the common goal to do everything we can to stop whales being killed. But the reality is without a global crew we are just temporary fix and a drop in the ocean.

Yes we will save whales but we will not stop this ridiculous killing if we, the people of the earth don’t pull together and take action. Whales can’t speak for themselves so they need your voice. Please join us and do whatever you can to help make this happen.

Take Action! Tell Gorton’s to reel in its Japanese parent company and help put an end to whale slaughter.

– Lally

(photo ©Greenpeace/Davison)

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