The King on Bing

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I was happy to see a very young King Penguin on Bing this morning.

This photo was taken on South Georgia Island by Tony Ernst. I hope to visit this island some day, as it’s home to one of the largest King Penguin colonies on the planet. Kings aren’t the largest penguins on this planet — Emperors have that honor — but they certainly look plenty big in pictures.

South Georgia also happens to be where Ernest Shackleton died and is buried.

And the island is home to the remnants of a massive whale processing company — hopefully something that will remain a relic.

Discovering the Kimberly Coast

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We are only just discovering our oceans. For most of human history we focused on land. The water was useful to finding new land areas, for mapping land areas, and so on.

But now we are turning our eyes on the oceans, and there is so little we know.

Take the Kimberly Coast, an enormous stretch of land on the northwest corner of Australia. There could be thousands of whales using this stretch of water and naturalists are scrambling to learn more.

This article says these parts are “crucial calving, mating, feeding and resting habitat for humpback whales, and important for a range of other species such as dugong, sea turtles, and Australia‚Äôs unique snubfin dolphin,”

Sea Shepherd adds to its fleet

The Sea Shepherd crew is gearing up for another run at the Japanese. I really wish the Japanese government would come it its senses and stop subsidizing this annual slaughter.

Until then, Paul Watson keeps coming up with news and creative ways of getting in the way of business as usual.

Say hello to the Ady Gil — a 50-knot vessel that should be able to do laps around the Japanese:

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Here’s the full article.

If you’re wondering why I’m writing about whaling in a blog that is ostensibly about penguins, it’s because the short story I wrote, The Tourist Trail, is also about whaling, inspired in large part by the Sea Shepherd Society in general and Paul Watson in particular. I’ve since expanded the story into a novel that takes place in the Southern Ocean as the crew does battle with the Japanese. It was a novel that I didn’t want to write because I had hoped that the Japanese would have given up by now. Boy was I wrong.