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Migaloo 2 Fundraiser Vegan Dinner Films Talks Streamed live 27th 8-30 pm

Migaloo 2 Fundraiser Vegan Dinner Films Talks Streamed live 27th 8-30 pm widow below

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MEDIA RELEASE  18-3-2017
Shark Net Protest at Quicksilver Pro Surfing comp Coolangatta
Members of north coast marine conservation groups will converge on the Quicksilver Pro Surfing competition at Coolangatta at 9 am Qld time on Saturday the 18th of March to hold up banners asking for the removal of Shark Nets.

Co-ordinator of the protest, Dean Jefferys, from the Migaloo 2 marine conservation Foundation said “The Quicksilver Pro Surfing competition is the obvious place to hold a Shark Net protest as many surfers are concerned both about being safe while surfing and also wanting to live in harmony with other marine creatures. Snapper Rocks is flanked by a string of shark nets that have killed hundreds of marine creatures since their placement. We want to raise the issue about the effectiveness and the impact of the current shark net program on other sea users and offer more effective and non lethal alternatives to find a solution. Since 1950 there have been over 16,500 marine creatures killed in these shark nets in NSW and QLD, over 5000 of them endangered or critical endangered”. 

 
Jefferys said “Shark nets do not offer the safety from sharks they profess as sharks can simply swim around the nets. Cheaper and more effective alternative technologies currently exist that make the public safer without increasing the dangers to other marine life. They include, the Spotters Program, Personal repellents, Sonar, Shark tagging, Education and the use of drones for spotting. I am a drone operator currently working with “Shark Watch” around the Byron region. ”Shark Watch” is a non lethal example of an effective, real time, community based solution that could be expanded along Australia’s east coast”
 
To contact Dean Jefferys for comment call 0467485903 or talk to us by the waters edge at Snapper Rocks Coolangatta on the day around 9 am

 

Action anyone?????

Who up for a simple action to help stop marine creatures getting caught up in shark nets. Lets go to Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta on Saturday 18th 10 am while the Quicksilver Pro Surfing contest and world media are there. Id love to see 20 people hold some banners around the theme of “remove shark nets” up in front of the crowd and cameras from waist deep water. Comment below or PM me for details. Car pool if you can. Meet in front of the main 2 story building 10 am. Paint and bring a banner or hold one of ours. Some banner ideas. “400 million years. who is the local” “Shark nets, they can swim around it” “Resect all Life” “Shark nets kill whales dolphins turtles rays sharks”

I went to Snapper today to ask organisers if there was an opportunity to have an informed debate on the Dawn Patrol live feed or similar but they said they scrapped that so we just turn up and hold the banners out front for all the world to see.   “Shark nets do not offer the safety from sharks as they profess and the cost to tax payers and marine life of those nets are unacceptable. Much more effective alternative technologies exist that make the public safer without the potential dangers to other marine life, such as Spotters Program, Personal repellents, Sonar, Shark tagging, Education and using a drone for spotting.”

Caitlin O’Connor is going to film the action and Ill edit it into a short film and show it at the migaloo 2 fundraiser, vegan dinner, talk and film night on the 27th in Byron Bay 7pm at Elixba, Feros Arcade off Johnson St. see details in the link below

https://www.facebook.com/events/1926518887567028/

Snapper Rocks 2016

Migaloo 2 Fundraiser Vegan Dinner Films Talks 27th march 7pm

You are invited to a Fundraiser Vegan Dinner and Film night for Migaloo 2 at the new Byron Elixiba. Captain of Migaloo 2, Dean Jefferys will give some talks about various marine conservation campaigns that Migaloo 2 has been involved in over the last 7 years as well as some new exciting ones coming up. Dean will show some short films of those campaigns and whale connections over the years.

Elixiba is a Vegan restaurant and Herbal Elixir bar owned by the co owner of Migaloo 2, Ray Thorpe. 50% of proceeds of the night and 100% of the silent auction proceeds will go to the Migaloo 2 foundation to pay for urgent boat maintenance and repairs. Please contact me or message below if you have a nice product or service you would like to offer to the silent auction. $35 entry includes a delicious 2 course vegan meal and a specially prepared Blue Lagoon Elixir. Some films and issues covered include, Shark nets, Shark Watch, QLD coast Winds of Change Campaign, Antarctic Whaling, Migaloo 2 sailing Samoa to Australia and Telepathic Communication with Whales in Hervey Bay. Dean will also talk briefly on his new documentary “The Toad the Whale the Sun” and the planned Shamanic retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica http://migaloo2.com/thegodmolecule

For more info on migaloo 2s campaign activities see www.migaloo2.com.Starts at 7 pm Monday 27th, Feros arcade, Byron Bay. Some of the event will be live streamed from 8-30 pm from www.migaloo2.com. Please ring and book asap to confirm your spot and help the cooks to prepare for the right numbers (02) 6685 6845 and see the website http://www.elixiba.com/

If you want to come up to Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta on Saturday 18th 10 am while the Quicksilver Pro Surfing contest and world media are here Dean and crew plans to hold some “remove shark nets” banners up in front of the crowd and cameras from waist deep water. Comment below or PM me for details.

When repairs are done, Migaloo 2 plans to join the humpback whale migration in August this year, sailing from Byron Bay to Hervey Bay raising important marine conservation issues along the way. This will be the 7th year Migaloo 2 has spent months on the oceans living with and just being with the whales. There maybe some opportunities to join migaloo 2 for a week for some sort of exchange. Ill be lifting migaloo 2 onto land to do some hull and maintenance work and would appreciate some help so thats another way to get onboard. PM me for details

If you can’t make it on the night yet would like to donate to the important marine conservation work of Dean Jefferys and the Migaloo 2 Foundation, donations can be made over the counter at any WestPac bank or by direct bank Transfer MIGALOO TWO FOUNDATION BSB 034-215 Acc 625919 Please email Dean Jefferys at deanjefferys@gmail.com with your name and amount. At the moment it looks like repair and maintenance costs will be around $8000. Thanks

Protest at Shark nets being deployed around Ballina

“SHARK NET; MEDIA RELEASE 18-11-2016.

Today North Coast Marine conservation groups and marine lovers came together today at Ballina’s Light house Beach, to let the NSW Premier, Mike Baird know that they don’t want the rope Shark nets installed off Ballina’s beaches or anywhere along the Australian coast line. The 60 Marine conservationist chanted No Shark Nets while the Premier spoke to the media. After talking briefly to some of the people present and while leaving the area, Dean Jefferys, dress in a Hammerhead Shark costume wrapped Mike Baird in a net. Dean Jefferys said “I did this to give the Premier an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a marine creature trapped in a shark net. The Premier was lucky, he wasn’t tangled up underwater unable to breathe, like the 16500 marine creatures that have died in the last 65 years in NSW waters because of these indiscriminate killing nets. 4773 endangered Hammerhead shark are part of the 12000 marine creatures killed as non targeted species in these shark nets 6 pm
Hammerhead Shark catches Mike Baird in Shark net.

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Drone operator, Dean Jefferys, who is also skipper of marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2 said “We have the technology and resources to reduce dramatically the chance of an unwanted encounter with a shark yet the Premier, Mike Baird prefers to go against his own scientific advice and install these outdated indiscriminate killing nets. A volunteer based group called Shark watch recently had to rely on funding from Byron Council to do shark spotting with a drone which was one solution recommended to Mike Baird from his scientific team. Instead of supporting innovative shark spotting programs like this, the Premier has decided to pander to some ill informed surfers, noisy locals and business operators. He will squander probably Millions of dollars on nets and maintenance that could go into other more effective methods of shark control that don’t indiscriminately kill local and migrating marine life.”

“Shark nets are purely cosmetic to convince tourists and locals they are “safe”. There is no scientific evidence that the shark nets actually make swimmers safer. Sharks can swim over, under, and around the nets and are often caught on the inside while leaving the netted area. Referencing data from the NSW Shark Meshing Program there were 16,696 deaths of marine creatures from 1959 to 2014. See attached data sheet. Sharks play an important role in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem and should not be seen as the monster that Jaws made them out to be 40 years ago. Its time to move on from this fear based movie set and get with the times”

“The New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said the locations to install the nets were chosen after a process of community consultation yet there was not one question in the “community consultation” survey that asked if the community actually wanted the shark nets or not. It was as I assumed, carefully chosen questions to give the impression that they consulted with the community yet in reality it was the same as Metgasco version of the CSG “community consultation”.” see FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/216224188816361/

I just met migaloo the white whale off Hastings point heading north at 11-30 am 26th July 2016. I then went to Cabarita headland and watched migaloo from there also. Yeah so happy. I know some whale watch operators and private boats get way to close with there loud motor noise and constant hassling. I tuned in and sent an apology on behalf of the humans for the hassling he gets from humans. A friend at Hastings point this morning got some great footage from a silent Phatom 4 drone. I lot quieter and less intrusive. He had to fly it 3.5 km over the water to film him. A miracle he found him with the drone. I may use some of this amazing footage of migaloo in my coming doco. I want one. Ill post that footage soon. When i returned home i had to lay down in bed for an hour to ground and tune back into him. I was so high seeing him. Migaloo means white fella in local indigenous language and in Mirrning language they have a legend about a white whale they call Jeedera similar to the hopi prophecy about the white buffalo signifying great change coming. Currently Sea Shepherd have a campaign called “Operation Jeedera” to stop Oil mining in the Great Australian Bight. Seems appropriate. Im currently fundraising to make a doco that will in part look at the role of whales in humans evolution. This has been a great blessing and inspiration just before I am due to head to Mexico to make a new Shamanic Documentary, working title “The God Molecule and the Shamanic Toad” or (The Toad the Whale and the Sun) It’s a personal journey into the mysterious Shamanic world of the most powerful entheogenic molecule known to man, 5-MeO-DMT or “The God Molecule” as many are now calling it. Read more about it and support the crowd funding of it on this site at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-god-molecule-and-the-shamanic-toad–2/x/13295701#/

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Migaloo thanks to Alison Reid

BOYCOTT JAPAN. 4 whaling ships left Japan to kill 333 whales

BOYCOTT JAPAN…. 4 whaling ships left Japan today to try to kill 333 whales in the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, despite the International Court of Justice ruling saying it was illegal. When governments and corporations refuse to listen to the people or the rule of International Law then its up to the people to take the power back and consumer boycotts of Japanese product and services is a way to put financial pressure on the Japanese governments to stop this senseless and barbaric slaughter of our ancestors from the oceans, the Great Whales. What is the point of having the a world court the International Court of Justice and the International Whaling Commission if the decision is ignored if it doesnt go your way. How can any country now take Japan seriously. The Japanese Government has now become a rogue nation, a joke. Go get em Sea Shepherd and every consumer that was thinking of buying a Japanese product. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should also boycott the fleet of Japanese submarines it is thinking about buying off Japan. I always knew Sea Shepherd had the law and justice on your side. Now the whole world does and its with you. And if your Japanese and you dont like the world boycotting your country and you happen to like whales then please tell your gov to STOP KILLING WHALES.

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Animal Communicator Anna Breytenbach talks with Great White Shark

During Anna Breytenbach 2015 Australian tour running Animal Communication workshops Anna talks in the following clip about about her telepathic communication with the group mind of the Great White Shark. Seeing as they are having similar problems with increased shark encounters in South Africa as we are around Byron Bay we thought it would be good to make a youtube clip so people can hear from the Great White Shark directly about whats going of for them and what ocean users can do to minimise an unwanted shark encounter. https://youtu.be/HTdlMC6NZU4 For more info on Annas work see www.animalspirit.org and the Spirit to Diablo Clip see https://youtu.be/gvwHHMEDdT0

Over 200 people packed the Public meeting on Sharks at the Lennox Head school. We heard marine scientists politicians and police give their view on the increased encounters between humans and sharks and what can be done to try to ensure these encounters don’t lead to serious injury or death. At least they are not copying WA or QLD and just wanna kill. All options are on the table and it seems decisions will be based on science not a Hollywood film. Shark nets and drum lines seem at the very bottom of the list where they should be. They even talked about the unexceptable by catch deaths due to those options. As I was driving home the words came to me what i could have said if i had the mic. Most people coming here are looking for someone else to find a solution to the perceived problem of having a dangerous encounter with a shark yet the solution seems a little closer to home. We can establish a relationship with the shark and let it know telepathically that we are not food or competition for food. We can also learn to control the electromagnetic energy signals we send into the water and to control our fear of becoming part of the food chain and seeing as really we are not in the marine food chain that shouldn’t be too hard.

I am inviting people to join me for a Shark Swim off Byron Bay main beach at 10 am Saturday the 31st of October. We go through the processes Anna Breytenbach has outlined in the recent and attached video to connect with shark consciousness and be in harmony and not fear around sharks. We enter the water and swim maybe 150-200 meters off shore and do some more telepathic exercises out there. who’s interested to swim the talk.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1649445038669836/

 

Incredible whale contact while sailing migaloo 2

 http://youtu.be/CTgihyzFH4c

Just experience the most amazing two hours of my life. A humpback whale swam next to me as the auto pilot steered migaloo 2  and we just played with each other for about two hours till the sun set and moon rose. It was absolutely incredible. I played didge to it it blew bubbles back at me, I’d yell I love you and it would make the same sound and emotion through its blow hole it would come right up to the didge and feel it, I’d say I love you and it would go belly up and swim upside down right underneath me, it would blow next to me to get my attention then it would do a big tail slap and a breach and it came so close to me and eyeballed me so many times. I feel so blessed. It even gave me some clues how to communicate with it telepathically. I would have to close my eyes and play the didge softly get out of my head,no thought just feel the heart and the love it shared when it went belly up. Amazing . Another world and depth of communication is just waiting there for us to dive into. Currently sailing passed Noosa with the full moon glistening on the ocean and gentle northerly taking me home. So blessed. These beings are enlightened gods of the ocean I’m sure. Just while selecting this video two whales came up next to migaloo 2 and puffed at me. Was one my new friend? To see more about my marine conservation campaigns and my new documentary, Whale Whisperers see www.migaloo2.com…………………………………………….Post Script……..I’d like to write some more about the incredible whale encounter I had two days ago while it’s fresh in my mind. I’ve been driven, some would say possessed by a passion to deepen my connection and communication with whales since I was eye balled by one while I was surfing off Byron 15 years ago. I started off speaking on their behalf at protests at Japanese embassies and boycott campaigns to stop the killing of what I felt were my ancestors and friends. It was a flaw in our evolution as a species to harm such enlightened beings. Holding us back from evolving. Yet I wanted more than to speak for them, I wanted to speak with them. So Ive been going to Hervey Bay over the last ten years and just hanging out with them. I felt they had something to offer us humans if we would just take the time to listen and feel. I traveled to Tonga in the South Pacific as you are allowed to swim with the whales there. It was here I had my second eyeball with a mother and baby humpback whale where the whale actually winked at me while I was underwater with it only meters away. A life changing moment to be fully seen and acknowledged and unconditionally loved by a whale, a being maybe 100 times my weight. Then I bought a yacht with Ray Thorpe  about five years ago to establish a marine conservation foundation and we called the yacht migaloo 2. I’ve been sailing to Hervey Bay every whale season since then to just hang out with the whales for months on end listening to their whale songs and just being with them. I have been practicing telepathic communication with the whales every year with varying levels of success. I find they love the vibration of the didgeridoo. It is also a good medium to get out of your mind and just send feelings through the vibration. So when this young humpback whale hooked up with me and migaloo 2 right at double island point for a short part of its southern migration I felt this was a great blessing to deepen my connection with the whales. I’d been longing for personal connection not just a splash or breach like they do for the tour boat, I wanted real connection heart to heart soul to soul species to species. The whale wanted to connect and play too. It would come up next to the boat and spray me with water from its blowhole to my screams of delight. It swam evenly and held its head less than 30 centre meters away from the end of the didgeridoo as I caressed it with sound.  As I poured my love to this being it poured love back often rolling onto its belly swimming upside down right below me blasting me with the most amazing unconditional love heart energy I have felt. So vulnerable and trusting. This was my gift. I had to drop in more. As I played didge to it i receive a subtle message to close my eyes and relax, get out of my head and into my heart, feel what I have been sending you when I go belly up. Heart not head. I dropped in for moments that seemed timeless and when I’d hear his puff next to me I would get distracted and open my eyes just to loose the dept of connection then Id close my eyes again and just play ever so softly on the didge to go back there again. I bathed in his loving and playful energy for at least two hours. He would puff and splash and breach and communicate all for and with me. I was in heaven. Eventually I had to set things up for a night sail and radio in my position. When I came back out the sun was down and the full super blood moon just out of an eclipse on the other side of the planet rose and he was gone. I felt a bit sad I didn’t say goodbye to my new friend yet said with my mind I would love to see him again at Byron bay just after I have finished the animal communication workshop I’m doing with Anna Brechenbarc in the next few days and we are then going out into the ocean to practice our telepathic communication skills with our great ancestors from the ocean, the whales. I felt I had made a real friend with this whale and look forward to connecting again. He will be easy to recognise as he has a damaged and floppy pectoral fin on the left side. I gazed into the rising moon soaking up this incredible connection. The next day I sailed out out of Moloolabar to be greeted by a mother and baby humpback playing and heading straight for one of the 70 or so shark nets that litter our coastline. A baby humpback drowned and died after being tangled in one of these nets not far from here only weeks earlier. I hit the accelerator and motor sailed between the Mother and calf and the net that was less than 100 meters away from them ready to dive over with a knife if it got tangled up. I sent a message with my heart to stay away from these dangerous nets. They didn’t get tangled and instead they both put on a great show for me breaching and pec slapping as if they acknowledged my caring. I realised again how humans need to stop living in fear of creatures from the sea and instead treat them with the love and respect they deserve. We, the earth and all its creatures will benefit when we do. For more info see www.migaloo2.com

2 Whales tangled in Shark Nets

2 Whales tangled in Shark nets off Gold Coast this week 1 baby dies

Baby humpback whale dies today, July 23rd, due to shark nets Gold Coast Lifeguard superintendent Peter Miller said lifeguards responded to the initial call. “We were called to a possible whale stranding in the net off Currumbin,” he said. Fu…ing shark nets!!!! another young whale was tangled in a sharknet last saturday.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3167629/Caught-napping-Whales-face-new-deadly-threat-shark-nets-tangled-nod-swimming-long-winter-migration.html Some of the net got cut off and now it has a permanent heavy necklace. How many more whales are going to die before they are removed. Shark nets must go. They are simply used as a means to blindly fool the public into a false sense of security- they create more of a hazard than they do to keep people safe. It’s time people see the real destruction they cause. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-23/beached-whale-calf-at-palm-beach-on-the-gold-coast-dies/6643076
There were 12 more dolphins caught and mostly killed just last year (2014) in Queensland alone! Not to mention hundreds of sharks, 19 sea turtles, 8 whales, 7 manta rays and many other species…
Since 1962, 50,000 sharks have been killed and 30,000 ‘by-catch’/non targeted species were caught- many dying horrific deaths.
There are better alternatives out there that don’t trap or kill marine life- let’s use them!

Lets do a massive paddle out to the shark nets to ensure this stops happening of snapper rock while the Quick silver pro and Roxy Pro is on in Feb next year if they are still there. Also see my site www.migaloo2.com for more info on what you can do.

The only way we are going to get alternatives happening is to get public support behind this. Please do not think this is a waste of time. These are the people that we need to change current legislation.
Bill Byrne
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing:
email: agriculture@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Steven Miles
Queensland Minister of Environment,
email: environment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier,
email: thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au
Jackie Trad
Deputy Premier
email: deputy.premier@minsterial.qld.gov.au
Deborah (Deb) Frecklington
Shadow Minister for Fisheries
email: Nanango@parliament.qld.gov.au
You can look up your local MP here:
https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/members/current/list ?#?noQLDsharkcull??#?nosharkcull? ?#?fortheoceans? ?#?Removethenets? ?#?Removethedrumlines??#?forthewhales? ?#?seashepherd? ?#?operationapexharmony??#?seashepherdgoldcoast?

Mick Fanning not “Attacked” by shark. Shark nets no answer. Lobby contacts

Mick Fanning wasn’t “Attacked” by a shark he punched a shark during an encounter while surfing the final at Jefferys Bay. This shark that was probably 3-4 meters and could have bitten and killed Mick if it wanted to as he was in the water swimming without his board for about 15 seconds. My feeling is that he was giving Mick a close check out possible he was intending to knock him of his board to see what it was that was in his ocean area and got caught in his leg rope. If he really wanted to bite, eat or kill mick he easy could have, being twice his size 3 times his body weight and in his own seaworld. Mick did the right thing in facing it and punching it. Mick said he was not going to go easy. deeeeeep breath everyone. Everyone ok. no blood. wooow crazy stuff. Happy to see no surfers or organisers are calling for a shark cull or nets. They acknowledged we are in their world and we do so at our risk. Had Mick been like some of the surfers in WA who were promoting culls and drum lines i dont know if his karma would have been so good. There are some precautions we can take when entering their world like not surfing in river mouths, sunset, sunrise, cloudy days, near lobster pots, baits etc also some concerned surfers are strapping on electric pulse anklets. There are spotting options, tagging special sharks and rigid plastic shark nets that dont entangle marine life. In Australia there is a shark control program involving baited drum lines and shark nets that kill many non target species including whales and dolphins. This shark control program is nothing but a destructive and disgusting example of a policy, with no solid scientific backing- in fact more than 350 scientists have spoken out against the use of these devices.
They are simply used as a means to blindly fool the public into a false sense of security- they create more of a hazard than they do to keep people safe. It’s time people see the real destruction they cause.
There were 12 more dolphins caught and mostly killed just last year (2014) in Queensland alone! Not to mention hundreds of sharks, 19 sea turtles, 8 whales, 7 manta rays and many other species…
Since 1962, 50,000 sharks have been killed and 30,000 ‘by-catch’/non targeted species were caught- many dying horrific deaths.
There are better alternatives out there that don’t trap or kill marine life- let’s use them!
The only way we are going to get alternatives happening is to get public support behind this. Please do not think this is a waste of time. These are the people that we need to change current legislation.
Bill Byrne
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing:
email: agriculture@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Steven Miles
Queensland Minister of Environment,
email: environment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier,
email: thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au
Jackie Trad
Deputy Premier
email: deputy.premier@minsterial.qld.gov.au
Deborah (Deb) Frecklington
Shadow Minister for Fisheries
email: Nanango@parliament.qld.gov.au
You can look up your local MP here:
https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/members/current/list
and see what happens to dolphins when they encounter shark drum lines and nets see the following link.
http://www.abc.net.au/…/2…/dolphin-caught-shark-bait/6622604

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, declared

7-8000 inspired and inspiring people gathered in Lismore yesterday on a day we affirmed the power to the people again, declared the Northern Rivers Gas Field Free and exposed the illusion that Government had control of what happens to the earth. Now the 4 enterances to the northern rivers supported by their local council will have these huge signs declaring a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers.

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This is a Strong message to everyone and the existing and emerging political system that this is how it is now and forever more and they and the dieing fossil fuel industries have to fall into line with what the people want. A message on the day to assist in the management of this decision is to vote from one down on the ballet paper in the coming state election with Greens or Labor first and putting Nationals last. To see the 40 min video i made on Bentley click the link  in the second paragraph of my website http://migaloo2.com/ and Facebook album https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152835158848501&set=pcb.10152835197953501&type=1&theater

 

Gathering for Dolphin and Whale freedom.

Media Release 17-9-2014

Gathering in Hervey Bay for Dolphin and Whale freedom.

As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) gets underway this week in Slovenia and as Japan commits its first Dolphin kill in Taiji, there will be a gathering with banners on Wednesday 17th at 12.30 at the unused harpoon in Urangan boat harbor to urge for Whale and Dolphin Freedom.

Japans Dolphin killing season started on September 1st and with 15 days of no dolphin kills it was hoped the killing would never start yet today the terrible news spread around the world that 9 Risso’s dolphins where rounded up into Taiji “The Cove” and brutally slaughtered. For more information and live streaming events in Taiji see http://www.seashepherd.org/cove-guardians/ and http://www.savejapandolphins.org/

Japan is also due to face global condemnation at the International Whaling Commission this week over its plan to resume its whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite the International Court of Justice ruling earlier this year that their Scientific Research was illegal and they should stop immediately. For more info on the first day of the IWC see attached summary by Mick McIntyre from Whales Alive.

Dean Jefferys who is the Skipper of Marine Conservation yacht Migaloo 2 that is currently in Hervey Bay and is organising the gathering said ” Its amazing in this day and age when so many people are enjoying their interaction with wild dolphins and whales that there is still a country such as Japan that kills and captures these amazing and intelligent mammals of the sea. Japan should take Hervey Bays example and create sustainable businesses doing wild Dolphin and Whale watching. Id like to see the Council of Hervey Bay draught a resolution to send a letter to the Japanese Embassy suggesting they follow Hervey Bays success and develop Dolphin and Whale watching instead of killing and eating them and that Whales and Dolphins are worth more alive than dead. The dolphin slaughter is supported by the high price they receive for dolphins they sell into captivity often fetching upwards of $150,000 USD where as a dead dolphin sold for meat may fetch around $600. Its time Japan let go of this outdated and barbaric practise and joined in with the rest of humanity in seeing the wild Whales and Dolphins of the ocean as friends and not food”

“In Australia we can do our share to help protect marine life by getting rid of shark nets that kill many Dolphins and Whales every year. East coast states need to listen to the Environmental Protection Agency’s findings in WA that declared drum baiting sharks as a way of protecting humans from shark attacks is not scientific or acceptable. QLD and NSW need to stop the drum baiting and netting programs currently operating.”

For more information or interviews Contact Dean Jefferys on 0467485903 and see http://migaloo2.com

and at the IWC contact
Mick Mcintyre
Director, Whales Alive
www.whalesalive.org.au
TWITTER @whalesalive
FB: facebook.Whales-Alive
SKYPE: whalesalive
PH: +61 40888 4999

Another whale dies in shark nets

Media Release 22- 7- 14.

Marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2 warns of more whale deaths in shark nets…

Migaloo 2 and crew. Remove shark nets

Migaloo 2 and crew. Remove shark nets

Marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2 sailed from Byron bay to the Gold Coast last week holding up banners off Snapper Rocks shark nets saying that shark nets need to be removed. Skipper of Migaloo 2, Dean Jefferys said, “ Only days after sailing along the Gold coast and warning that these shark nets and drum lines need to be removed becuase of danger to the humpback whale migration and other marine life a baby whale was tangled up and drowned in one of these nets and a dolphin killed by a drum line.Shark nets are purely cosmetic to convince tourists they are “safe”. The nets do not protect anything at all – sharks can swim over, under, and around the nets. Most sharks and other marine life die inside the nets trying to get back to sea from the shore and the by catch is enormous. From 1960 and 1990 shark nets entangled 216 dolphins, 2140 turtles, 552 dugongs including many migrating humpback. They should be removed immediately to prevent more needless marine deaths. 29 whales have been caught in shark nets since 2000; of those 26 have been successfully freed. Some are not found and die slowly from suffocation or wounds from the nets. Last migration season six whales were tangled and another baby humpback died in a shark net of Sydney. The shark drum line policy needs to end and these soft rope sharknets need to go. If fear and propaganda still has a place in promoting overseas tourist then at the very least they should be replaced with the harder plastic nets that dont tangle up and kill marine life”

In the photo taken By Darious Kissner from Left to Right Earth Guardians from Byron are Jasmin Jeferys, Satima Ornano, Jack Norris, and Sage Jefferys

more info see http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/baby-humpback-whale-dies-in-shark-nets-off-bilinga/story-fnj94j0t-1226996463582
and www.ecosharkbarrier.com.au

Migaloo 2 meets Migaloo off Byron

Migaloo 2 meets Migaloo off Byron

Still recovery after a truly EPIC day sailing off the Byron Coast yesterday (Monday 23rd July) in Migaloo 2 where I fulfilled a ten year dream of meeting Migaloo the White Humpback Whale.

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I calculated Migaloo’s expected ETA in Byron from sightings in Eden and Sydney and working out at 3.9 knots he’d be here around 5 am Monday morning if he kept that speed. I checked the weather and yes perfect conditions for sailing to Byron and anchoring in the Bay. Sunday was a nice sail yet not only didn’t we see Migaloo but no one whale was to be seen the whole day. Maybe they where traveling in a big convoy party with Migaloo. First light and I was paddling to the beach to pick up Martin and Domi in the Inflatable kayak. We made it out to whale highway just as the first golden rays of the sun forced there way over the lava looking clouds on the horizon. Watchful for any sign of a Whale a puff a splash ripples on the water sounds anything we were high in anticipation. There’s a splash and Domi hits the accelerator on migaloo 2 and we head towards it. It’s a black fella or white fella Id yell. Migaloo is the aboriginal translation for white fella. We zig zagged back and forth in front of the lighthouse for hours during the morning determined not to let a pod go past without confirming whether or not the white fella was amongst them. As the day moved on and pod after pod reveled no migaloo we followed some black fellas north. Around 2 pm just as the expected north westerly wind which would take us home to Brunswick Harbor started to picked up I received an excited call from my niece Bridie from Cape Byron lookout. “I can see Migaloo” she said. I said we are right up level with Brunswick you sure that’s not another boat you can see.  Bridie exclaimed in a higher level of excitement no no I can see migaloo the white whale.  Migaloo the white whale? Yes. I screamed MIGALOOOOO. I changed coarse immediately for the Byron light house. In the 40 minutes it took to sail to the general area he could have fanned out to a large area. One report said he swam past Julian rocks but where. I saw some big splashes and white pectoral fins further east so we took off in that direction. The news helicopter was flying around then hovered over the cape. Was it just getting a nice shot of the cape or was migaloo down below. Several frantic radio calls to the local Whale watch boat and the helicopter didn’t get a response so we were in the lap of the Gods. The ocean was covered in white caps so spotting a cruising white whale now became very difficult. Big breaches and splashes where the whales main locating device. The wind had picked up to a strong 18 knots NW wind and on the side with most of the sail out we were flying and leaning right over. Crashes came from down below and things not secured went flying everywhere. This all added to the excitement of being so close to the icon of the east coast whale migration and symbol of the great changing times we are in. I do a quick piece to camera about the white animals and their significant at these critical times. The legend of Jeedarra the White Whale from the Mirrning Tribe in SA The White Buffalo of the Hopi Legend the White Dolphin recently captured in the Cove and now in a sea museum in Taiji in Japan. All these White animals and more are being born in these recent crazy times. What is there message. I aim to find out. (read more about my new film “ The Whale Whisperers” http://pozi.be/thewhalewhisperers?ra=31203 )

A quick look at the navionics app on my I phone to check distance time and current coarse and with the Sun going down I decide its time to head towards Brunswick Heads and some big splashes I can see in the distance our last chance to see migaloo. We passed at least 15 pods and around 35 whales over the day many doing huge breaches tail slaps and pec flaps it was like a huge party or celebration. I’ve never seen anything like it around the Byron region in my 15 years of observation. This splashing in the distance would be our last pod to check if migaloo was amongst them. Fortunately it was right on route to Brunswick. As we sailed closer directly into the bright setting sun and reflections off the ocean all we could see was the dark silhouetted shape of a huge whale throwing its 20 ton body into the air then entering the water world again with a huge thud. Is it white I would scream at anyone looking. Cant tell its silhouetted was the reply. Now only 3 kl from the Brunswick River mouth and sun nearly down right at my beam and now with the sun slightly behind me I saw the huge white whale launch itself high into the air. With the grace of a ballerina this 20 ton animal did a little twist at the apex of his flight into the air world so as to land flat on his back on the water with a massive thump and double splash. MIGALOOOOO I screamed at the top of my voice and pointed in the direction of the splash. I could hardly believe my eyes. What has just been videos filmed from helicopters or photographs on a webs site was now for the shortest of moments in my world in front of my eyes. Like God revealing him/herself for just and instant Migaloo appeared like a flash of white light from the ocean. My heart pumping like I was running a marathon excitement elation fulfillment ahhhhhhh I could feel that migaloo felt Migaloo 2s presence. He would have know people where on board so he was aware of us. Was he aware of us individually? Did he know the boat was named after him? Did he know how possessed by whales I am? I believe whales are telepathic creatures so anything is possible. Had I already have gone through the telepathic training I am preparing myself for to make my next doco called “The Whale Whisperers” I may have picked up a message from this iconic whale yet my being and head was so full of excitement adrenalin and elation I simply surrendered into these feeling and that of gratitude for this amazing encounter.

I lay quietly on the back deck after dropping anchor in the Brunswick Harbor as the last pink clouds faded to grey absorbing the encounter yet like and addict wanting more. Next time I dreamed in a quite and relaxing atmosphere maybe by a small island in the Great Barrier Reef after my telepathic training or with a professional Animal Communicator. What would he say?

Campaign Launch for Migaloo 2 for 2014.

Come celebrate the Campaign Launch for Migaloo 2 for 2014. I will be showing some short films I’ve shot on Migaloo 2 with the whales over the last years. Martin the cameraman on this migaloo encounter day is editing a short film up of the day as well. Also Ill show a short inspiring film on The Bentley Blockade I shot over the last 2 months out there. Other Shorts include recent activities of the Sea Shepherds in the Antarctic, Sharks, Promo clip of my new film “ The Whale Whisperers”  and more…

Talks by Dean Jefferys   Howie Cooke  Surfers For Cetaceans (S4C) Nicole McLachlan  Friends of India, Giving it Back Stop Shark Cull QLD Rep from CSG  Music by Darpan and friends. It will be a Victory Celebration for everything we have achieved for future generations and other species.

 

This is also the launch of my crowd funding campaign for  my new film “ The Whale Whisperers”  see http://pozi.be/thewhalewhisperers?ra=31203

 

At Kulcha Jam 1 Acacia St Byron Industrial Estate Saturday 28th June 5pm $10 Chai and Food available

This event will be Live Streamed from www.migaloo2.com from 5pm onward

I’ve just posted my Migaloo 2 newsletter July 2014 * covering important issues

The International Court of Justice,  A victory against Japanese Whaling

* Bentley Coal Seam Gas Blockade victory

* My New Doco “The Whale Whisperers” and Crowd Funding campaign Celebration

* Migaloo 2 Gets ready to join the Humpback whale migration to sail to the Great Barrier Reef.

* Migaloo 2 Campaign Launch 2014 Films, Music, Talks.

 

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