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Yesterday I went upriver on the Klamath. It was a gorgeous day with perfect weather and some trees just starting to turn. The enjoyment was dampened when lying on the river bank was a dead bear that had been shot. I cannot understand why anyone would shoot an animal for the fun of it and just leave it to die. Was this beautiful animal used for target practice? It certainly was not used for food. The only ones eating were the maggots covering its body. According to the fishermen I was with, the day before there was a cub near the dead bear. Has the callousness of this act left a cub motherless? I do not know. A few days before that, I watched as the sea lions were shot at close range with rifles. What has this world come to? Have we lost all appreciation for life? Do we have to needlessly shoot another being for the sheer fun of it? Yes, I understand that the the sea lions get in nets. Yes, that can be dangerous to the fishermen. Yes, they can damage expensive nets. The problem is that there were no nets out at the time and they were simply killing these creatures.
Ukelele Song to the Stranded Klamath River Whale
This young man was out early in the morning yesterday strumming a ukelele song to the “Gentle Giant,” who is known as “Mama.” Some of the Yurok Indians have been known to call her by her name “Mama” in the Yurok language. As soon as I find out what that is, I will post it.
Please make note that there is a Federal law, Marine Mammal Protection Act, prohibiting harassment of marine mammals and suggests that people stay back more than 100 yards of a marine mammal, ” As intentions are all well and good by those wanting to be near Momma and soothe her and connect with her, someone could be injured. Please keep that in mind and realize that she is a “gentle giant” that is confined to a very small river and all precautions should be taken to adhere to the Federal Law, not only for the safety of the human but for the safety of the beautiful mammal that graces the Klamath River. No one wants to see either Momma or any of her adoring fans injured.
Paddle Boarder with Ukelele to Serenade Mama, the Klamath River Whale
While intentions are pure and good, and no harassment intended whatsoever, it is imperative to keep in mind that Mama is a wild mammal and someone could be injured by getting too close to this “Gentle Giant.”
Yesterday there were reports of more swimmers and kayakers in the water presenting a danger to themselves and Mama.
I have been documenting the whales’ journey since Mama and her calf were first seen on June 23, 2011.
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Paddle Boarder and Klamath River Whale
Swimming with the Klamath River Whale
THE MEETING OF TWO GENTLE SPIRITS FROM DIFFERENT REALMS.
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Last nite the mother whale was serenaded by a violinist standing waist deep in the water. She swam up to him as he played his violin to her.
His half hour or so rendition ended with “Red River Valley.” After being chased by a multitude of boats, jets skis and kayaks, blasted with a water hose on Sunday, I think this week has been a more calming week for our Klamath River whale. Two days ago, as reported in my last blog, she was chanted and drummed to by Indians from the local Yurok Tribe in their dug out canoe. She would come up to the canoe and swim around them – obviously enjoying the companionship mixed with curiosity. She truly is a gentle giant.
I have been documenting the whales journey since mom and her calf arrived over a month ago. Many images of these beautiful mammals can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashala. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drumming to Klamath River Whale