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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

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

For more info on migaloo 2s campaign activities see at 7 pm Monday 27th, Feros arcade, Byron Bay. Some of the event will be live streamed from 8-30 pm from 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

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 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


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.


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

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–2/x/13295701#/


Migaloo thanks to Alison Reid

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