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"To the dolphin alone, beyond all others, Nature has given what the best philosophers seek, friendship for no advantage; yet it is friend to all men and has often given great aid." Plutarch

AIHE TOHORA WANANGA

Sunday, April 26, 2015

STRANDED NO MORE: 'RECENT STRANDINGS IN GUAM, JAPAN, NEPAL QUAKE & SUDDEN RISE OF NEW LAND IN JAPAN' IS IT REAL OR IS IT MEMOREX???

MOTHER EARTH OR GEO-TERRORISM?

Apparent 'sudden' increase in global seismic and volcanic activity, coupled with many unusual cetacean stranding events? IS IT REAL OR IS IT MEMOREX? Major planetary cataclysm brewing OR demented Pentagon-DARPA fiends playing their H.A.A.R.P.S???

'MOTHER EARTH AS TARGET & WEAPON'

GLOBAL VULCANISM




Recent strandings in Guam, Japan, Nepal quake and sudden rise of new land in Japan

Recent strandings in Guam, Japan, Nepal quake and sudden rise of new land in Japan
Something strange is going on in that region and it is strangely related to recent strandings and possibly to large sperm whale aggregation (350 sperm whales!) in Sri Lanka.
Important Note: We do not believe live strandings are caused by earthquakes (read about our position here), because just like terrestrial animals, cetaceans should be able to sense the impending quake. However it is possible that something catastrophic happens before large quakes and this “something” could affect cetaceans and contribute to some strandings.
Here is the bizarre timeline of all recent events:
1. A lot of anthropogenic activities have been going on near Guam and Mariana (see the map below) in March/April, 2015. What they have been doing there is anybody’s guess, as activities are listed as “hazardous operations”, some seismic surveys have been done there too.
Slide1
This region is extremely seismically active, has the famous Bonin Arch (see figure below), that is associated with deep trench and active volcanic chain. The Bonin Arc is connected to Mariana Arc. Just last week USGS finally admitted the link between oil and gas operations and quakes in Oklahoma. Now, we do not know what exactly has been going on there, but needless to say this area is most likely more vulnerable and powerful than Oklahoma will ever be.


Bonin Arc
Bonin Arc
2. The first strange event was a live stranding of Cuvier’s beaked whale in Guam on March 23, 2015. The Navy initially denied its involvement, then suddenly admitted using sonar (but what else??) plus locals heard the sonar too.
map
3. Then on April 3, 2015 we had a report of 350 sperm whales aggregating in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. We checked our database and found the similar aggregation of 100+ sperm whales on April 17, 2012 also in Kalpitiva, Sri Lanka. What happened in April 2012?There were 2 massive  earthquakes in Indonesia (8.5 and 8.2) on April 11. Note that whales aggregated after the quakes, and did not mass strand or anything. The aggregation of 350 sperm whales on April 3, 2015 happened before the massive 7.8 quake in Nepal but these sperm whales did not strand either. These two events were very unusual, might not be related, but still  warrant at least some attention.
sperm whales
4. On April 10, 2015 there was a massive mass stranding of melon-headed whales in Hokota, Japan. It was a very strange mass stranding and whales showed some unusual signs like ishemia. Read our blog about it and possible connection to decompression sickness here. Also note that Hokota is very close to Bonin Arc (see figure).
5. On April 15, 2015 we had a live stranding of extremely rare, deep diving offshore Hubbs’ beaked whale (Mesoplodon carlhubbsi). He stranded in Samani, Hokkaido, 672 km from the site where melon-headed whales mass stranded. Amazingly, this stranding site is very close to the place where on Saturday Japanese were flabbergasted to find new land rising from the sea (see more details below).
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6. On April 25, 2015 Nepal was hit by massive 7.8 quake. The area where the quake hit is the zone where famous Indian plate and Eurasian plate meet and where Indian plate pushes the Eurasian plate. Japan is also a part of the Eurasian plate but is also close to the boundary of the Pacific plate (see the map plus Bonin Arc figure).
Plates
Plates
Bonin Arc
Bonin Arc


new-land-sea-rise-japan-april-2015aaaa
Now, here is the million-dollar question. Are all these events connected in any way? Did anthropogenic activities in Guam/Mariana trigger something? Were these strandings and unusual sperm whale aggregations precursors of the Nepal’s quake and land rise in Japan? One thing’s for sure, we are witnessing something extraordinary.

Monday, February 2, 2015

YET ANOTHER ATTACK ON WHALES & DOLPHINS IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN: VOICE YOUR RESPONSE NOW IN SUPPORT OF 'THE PEOPLE OF THE SEA' :)









"About 36 times more sonobuoys than the Navy suggested previously could be deployed off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, northern California and Alaska under a modified proposal for offshore training.
Among the alternatives the Navy is considering are two that would increase the proposed number of 36-pound sonobuoys -- floating, acoustic surveillance devices used in antisubmarine warfare -- from 20 to 720 in areas 12 nautical miles or more offshore.
The Navy describes the sonobuoys as 'expendable,' meaning they have limited life cycles as wave transmitters. A Navy official told The Oregonian Friday the sonobuoys sink and break down in the ocean after they have served their purpose."
'BREAK DOWN'? INTO WHAT AND OVER WHAT TIME SPAN???

 ALL SPECIES OF CETACEA ARE AT RISK 
FROM MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY
 FUNNY BUT WE HAD OUR CHANCE...


AGENTS OF WAR ON LIFE IN THE OCEAN
 "We gave up having hands and returned to the sea...
...we've survived for 30 million years and we'll be here ANOTHER 30 million. 
Where will YOU be homo sapiens, 'man the wise'?"


NOTE FROM JEFF: My great friends at StrandedNoMore are back with us after a hiatus to relocate their base of operations to Maui. Please check out their Facebook page and get on their mailing list for state-of-the-art information on what's REALLY happening in the anthropogenically endangered world of cetacea.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE OF DISAPPROVAL TO THE U.S. NAVY TO STOP YET ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE PEOPLE OF THE SEA

"URGENT!! We have about 7 or so hours to submit comments on the US Navy proposal that will allow them to “take” of more than 500,000 marine mammals over the course of the next 5 years”. The proposal will include 720 active sonobuoys that will introduce dangerous if not lethal noise to marine environment. The devices would be 12 nautical miles off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California. Please read our blog post, it discusses how you can submit your comment and also shows our response. You can use all information and studies we cite in your response, feel free to borrow everything from our response and add it to your own comment. Please consider commenting, even though it will most likely make no difference as the NAVY is ALWAYS rubber-stamped by NOAA in regard to these permits."


INTERVIEW WITH STRANDEDNOMORE

WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO

WHO AND WHAT IS THE U.S. NAVY?
http://tutunui-wananga.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/us-navy-environmental-stewards-or.html

'EXPENDABLE BATHYTHERMAGRAPHS' = 'BATHY-BOMBS'
http://www.ultra-electronics.com.au/resources/Sonobuoy%20techsystems.pdf

NAVY ORDERS NEW SUPPLIES OF ANTI-SUBMARINE SONOBUOYS FOR OCEAN SURVEYING, TRACKING AND ATTACK
http://www.militaryaerospace.com/articles/2014/07/navy-sonobuoy-buy.html

"Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command...announced a $166 million contract...to provide 141,263 AN/SSQ series sonobuoys and 5,000 MK-84 signal underwater sound devices, which are dropped from Navy fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Comments on proposed Navy’s Northwest Training and Testing EIS

by  | Feb 2, 2015 | Uncategorized | 8 comments
Today is a last day to comment on the US NAVY NORTHWEST TRAINING AND TESTING EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). If approved it will allow them to “take” of more than 500,000 marine mammals over the course of the next 5 years”. The proposal will include 720 active sonobuoys that will introduce dangerous if not lethal noise to marine environment  ”The devices would be 12 nautical miles off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California.“ You can see Navy’s typical whitewash EIS here (check volume 1 and 2, volume 1 has the majority of info on strandings).
They open the EIS section on impacts with some absolutely outrageous statement by Ketten (2012) without disclosing the potential conflict of interest where some scientists have been funded by the the Navy for either their entire career or for the majority of their career:
“ironically, to date, there has been no demonstrable evidence of acute, traumatic, disruptive, or profound auditory damage in any marine mammal as the result [of] anthropogenic noise exposures, including sonar.” (p. 3.4-68). They used this quote twice, this is how much they love it (p. 3.4-91) Then they proceed to justify massacring marine life by using the following points:
1. Strandings are natural cycle of life (unless they are from human impact, but mostly the cycle of life) (p. 3.4-91)
2. Strandings are hard to investigate, no single cause can be pinpointed (p. 3.4-91)
3. Since bycatch (and other things like pollution, vessel strikes) cause more cetacean deaths, we should all get off Navy’s back and leave them alone, doing whatever they want to (p. 3.4-94)
Surprisingly, there is no mention of Aristotle and ancient Greece this time.
Here are some points that we will use in our reply. Feel free to use them all, along with studies we cite. Please, try to include references to studies in your comment, because it will be harder for them to ignore, compared to general statements like “the Navy should not be allowed to put these  sonobuoys out there ” You can submit your comment here. We have very little time, it closes tonight, February 2nd, 2015, at midnight. 
To Whom It May Concern:
We are writing to express our strong opposition to the proposed EIS by the US Navy in regard to NORTHWEST TRAINING AND TESTING. The EIS has several very serious problems that could potentially lead to severe underestimation of the potential impact from all proposed activities.
1. The US Navy should disclose all potential conflicts of interests and specify explicitly what scientists and studies have been funded by the Navy. For example, the EIS uses a quote from Dr. Ketten (2012) not once but twice in its EIS (p. 3.4-68 and p. 3.4-91)without specifying when, how much and how often Dr. Ketten was funded by the US Navy to conduct research. This omission of information and failure to disclose the conflict of interest is not trivial as research indicated that “Primary papers are 2.3 times more likely to be cited in the reviews as concluding no effect of noise if the research was militarily-funded than if not.” (Wade et al., 2010. p. 320). Curiously, this study was not cited in the current EIS indicating that the Navy perhaps did not do throrough and detailed literature review on a subject.
2. Even though the EIS has a section on strandings and embolism, it failed to mention that the current stranding response protocol does not include any mandatory rapid in situ embolism testing, even though the low cost methodology for such testing is available and has been described in detail in peer-reviewed literature (Quiros et al., 2011) Needless to say, this study was not cited in the current EIS. The fact that no routine embolism testing is done indicates that many stranded cetaceans who had it might go undetected and not investigated.
3. The EIS does not discuss in detail complete mayhem and disarray of the US stranding response field. The field is underfunded, the response is not systematic, is haphazard, there is no unifying protocol, like for example, in situ embolism testing is not required. The data obtained by various rescues and response officials is not transparent, is not publicly available, the Navy is not transparent about its activities and in many cases the immediate information is not available to link strandings to the Navy activities, especially when it comes to independent organizations and observers.
4. The EIS does not provide comprehensive overview of all relevant and available literature on a subject of sound and marine mammals. Below are the studies that have not been included, even though they are highly relevant as they show how vulnerable marine mammals are to the anthropogenic sound:
b) Miller et al., 2011, Developing dose-response relationships for the onset of avoidance of sonar by free-ranging killer whales(Orcinus orca), Paper presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, November, 2011, Tampa, FL, USA. (this study indicated that killer whales stopped feeding at playback of sonar sounds of 93 dB re: 1µPa and whales started to show the avoidance at 98 dB re: 1µPa)
e).Weilgart L, Whitehead H, Rendell L, Calambokidis J. Signal-to-noise: funding structure versus ethics as a             solution to conflict-of-interest. Marine Mammal Science 2005;21:779–81
5. The EIS does not discuss all ways of how marine mammals can be negative impacted and by doing so provides inaccurate and potentially wrong and misleading evaluation of mortalities and negative impacts. EIS application completely ignores severe and far reaching consequences of live strandings. For example, a study by Wade et al. (2012) indicated how removal of key individuals can affect the entire populations. These key individuals often die during mass or single strandings and their death affects the entire population because these individuals are either leaders, or important for mating and reproduction or important for knowledge transfer that takes place in species like sperm whales, pilot whales and potentially many other species. Hence, EIS does not make the accurate estimation of actual damage their activities will result in.
6. Similarly, EIS failed to mention how strandings might not reflect the true extent of mortalities resulted from the Navy activities. For example the experimental study that did controlled carcasses release offshore found that only 8% of experimentally released carcasses made it to shore. The model that was made based on data predicted that that only carcasses that have positive buoyancy will drift and wash ashore. The carcasses with negative buoyancy will sink and decompose. (Peltier et al., 2012). This could indicate that many animals affected will not wash ashore and will die offshore, never to be seen or counted. EIS does not provide any discussion on that and does not factor this fact in its mortality and impact estimations. Peltier’s study is not cited in EIS either.
The above points indicate that the Navy has grossly underestimated the actual impact of its activities. Furthermore, it omitted numerous significant and highly relevant studies. We urge officials in charge to deny this permit because it does not show the true extent of Navy’s activities. The Navy capitalizes on conflict of interest, cherry-picking of data and studies, lack of resources for independent studies and investigation, and dismal state of the US stranding network that cannot produce any compelling evidence for Navy’s role in strandings not because there is none, but because stranding field lacks resources, training, coordination and frankly desire to investigate and to find the cause for increasing strandings in the US.
References:
Bernaldo De Quirós, Y., González-Diaz, O., Arbelo, M., Sierra, E., Sacchini, S., and Fernández, A. (2012). Decompression vs. Decomposition: Distribution, Amount, and Gas Composition of Bubbles in Stranded Marine Mammals. Frontiers in Physiology 3.
Peltier, H., Dabin, W., Daniel, P., Van Canneyt, O., Dorémus, G., Huon, M., & Ridoux, V. (2012). The significance of stranding data as indicators of cetacean populations at sea: Modelling the drift of cetacean carcasses. Ecological Indicators18, 278-290.
Paul R. Wade, Randall R. Reeves, and Sarah L. Mesnick, “Social and Behavioural Factors in Cetacean Responses to Overexploitation: Are Odontocetes Less “Resilient” Than Mysticetes?,” Journal of Marine Biology, vol. 2012, Article ID 567276, 15 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/567276

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'HEAVEN ON EARTH' VIDEO COMPETITION: PLEASE VOTE FOR MY WHALE & DOLPHIN FILM PROJECT :) [VOTE BY 21 JAN 2015]

From the 'CETACEAN RAINBOW DREAMING' SERIES, JEFF PHILLIPS







NOTE FROM JEFF: My film about the whales and dolphins, 'Aihe Tohora Paikea Wananga', has been accepted into the 'Heaven On Earth' competition, and thanks to Laurie and Jacob Tietelbaum of the Big Island, Hawai'i for making this happen. This is actually just the 'trailer' for the much more in-depth project which is under way now. IF you love the whales and dolphins AND you want to support my work on their behalf, PLEASE take five minutes and register yourself at the link below so that you can VOTE FOR MY FILM. This would mean a lot to me. First Prize is $3000 usd, which would go a long way in support of this project, which is totally pro bono and a labour of love on my part. Of all the other films in this competition, the one with the most votes only has 32, and another has 25, the rest only a very few or none. So if just a few dozen real friends take the time to register and vote for my project, I might stand a good chance of winning. I've only been accepted as of two days ago (16 December), and the dead-line for voting is 21 January 2015.

PLEASE WATCH THE TRAILER AT THE LINK BELOW AND PLEASE REGISTER AND VOTE FOR ME...I thank you for taking the time to read this and for your on-going friendship and support of my creative work and information activism on behalf of mitakuye oyasin and life as we know her on Mother Earth.

WATCH TRAILER AND VOTE HERE:

I feel that the whales and dolphins are the ORIGINAL 'people' of Mother Earth, and that they have inhabited the 'garden of Eden', or 'heaven on Earth' for FAR longer than we have even existed. We, homo sapiens, 'man, the wise', are the ONLY beings on this planet who are MAKING 'HEAVEN' IMPOSSIBLE. The whales and dolphins, as the most advanced sentient beings on this planet, are by far our GREATEST HOPE to understand what is really going on with our out-of-balance ways of 'life' and how to renavigate the human process. I feel that their MAIN MESSAGE to us on how to regain 'heaven on Earth' is this:

"LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MAY SIMPLY LIVE."

Jeff Phillips
South Island 
New Zealand :)




WATCH TRAILER AND VOTE HERE:

'AIHE TOHORA PAIKEA WANANGA', or 'THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF WHALES & DOLPHINS'. 

"This is the trailer to a 'beyond film' I am working on. Using all of my most advanced creative, media and information skills, this project is not only a 'documentary' in the sense of exploring who the cetaceans are as fellow beings on Mothership Earth as well as what the real global threats to their well-being and existence are, but also a 'beyond film' in that, through a neo-shamanic synthesis and integration of multiple dimensions, I am transcending the medium of film per se to open a 'portal' into the domain of cetacean consciousness, having long been invited into and embraced by who I regard not only as 'the ultimate indigenous people' but also a 'true extra-terrestrial intelligence.' Sound and music are as important in this project as are visuals. I have interviews with many top cetacean researchers as well as indigenous 'whale-dreaming' talking-chiefs and story-tellers from several indigenous cultures. I am working on creating some animation to assist in the display of scientific information as well as to enliven my art. I am compiling a state-of-the-art data base relating to GMEIA (Global Marine Environmental Impact Assessment) and MAMIAW (Marine Anthropogenic Military-Industrial Activity Warfare). The 'beyond film' will function as 'audio-visual software' that will ultimately create a real-time link between human and cetacean consciousness fields, in honour of our true kinship. It is an attempt to 'mend the sacred hoop'."

Beyond this competition, I am actively seeking funding assistance for this increasingly urgent project. I am not a 'non-profit' organization who solicits donations, but a single dedicated person who loves the 'people of the sea.' Anytime someone buys my art or commissions me to do a piece of art for them, they are directly supporting all that I do.

I am also looking for sources of high-quality underwater footage of cetaceans, if you have any suggestions please let me know.


"COMING FORTH BY DAY" Song by Jeff Phillips/Wefferson 




IN HONOUR OF ETERNAL LIFE FOR CETACEANS & 'MITAKUYE OYASIN'


Music is the 'language of the soul'. I share this multi-track musical experiment I did in Christchurch NZ in 2007, with my 'audio wizard' mate Ian McAllister. I played all the parts and made it up off the top of my head, in honour of my mom and dad who were killed in a car accident in 2004. I offer this now to honour the Maui's dolphins, all the cetaceans, 'mitakuye oyasin', or 'all my relations', the 'people of one heart' and Mother Earth. My music is part of an effort on my part to inspire miraculous transformations of human 'consciousness' RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.

HERE IS MY 'SYNOPSIS' FOR THE PROJECT


SYNOPSIS FOR ‘AIHE TOHORA PAIKEA WANANGA’*,
A ‘BEYOND FILM’ PROJECT by JEFF PHILLIPS

I refer to this project as a ‘beyond film’ because I am attempting to ‘transcend the medium’ by means of a synthesis of all of my creative abilities in multi-disciplinary science (zoology, psychology, ecology), philosophy, visual arts and music/sound experiments.

My article “We are not alone…yet: How we are waging war on a true ‘extra-terrestrial intelligence’ “ is not only a comprehensive statement on the leading edge of cetacean awareness and our relationship with them, which will hopefully be expanded into a book or books, it also serves as an outline for this ‘beyond film’ project.

The primary purposes of this ‘beyond film’ are

1)   to provide the necessary back-ground information in order to ‘set the stage’ for this journey into the unknown, to understand our own limitations in this work

2)   to explore who the cetaceans really are as fellow sentient beings, at once very similar to us in many ways yet incomprehensibly alien in others

3)   to identify what the major global threats to their survival and well-being actually are and to suggest possible renavigations of the current human process which can remove these threats

4)   to honour the whales and dolphins, to celebrate our mutual co-existence here and now

5)   to ‘go inside their minds’, in as much as we are being invited to do so, in real time, using a combination of the audio-visual technologies in the ‘beyond film’ as well as our own internal technologies of mind and brain.

I am in a unique position to do this project, and I know of no one else on this planet who is both willing and able to do it. My decades of involvement with the cetaceans, my unique connections, back-ground and on-going research and activism converge with my love of them as fellow beings and fellow passengers/crew of Mother Earth. I am a single individual with an extensive network of contacts. The fact that I work for no one other than Mother Earth makes it possible for me to be totally and completely honest in this work. The whole story is the only true story, and it’s one that desperately needs telling.

The basic stages or phases of the project are

1)  TECHNOLOGY Getting new hard- and soft-ware to continue the film-making process (external hard-drives, etc) and a new HD video camera to continue my own filming at the next level

[NOTE: Progress has been made on these new technologies]

2)  UNDERWATER FOOTAGE Obtaining more high-quality under-water footage of cetaceans to use in the film. Right now I have several potential sources of footage that I would be licensed to use for free. I am also exploring further sources of excellent footage that would only be available for a fee.

3)  TRAVEL In order to conduct an on-going series of interviews with a select network of minds and researchers in various places as well as to get cetacean footage of my own

4)  ANIMATION To add an additional dimension to the ‘beyond film’, bringing some my cetacean-related art to life as well as to create state-of-the-art graphics and information displays to convey the major ideas of the project

5)  RESEARCH and ACTIVISM This is constantly on-going on my part, to broaden my knowledge base, get and keep in touch with other researchers whose work I consider to be important, and to share this knowledge, information and insight with the interested and caring public

6)  SOUNDTRACK and MUSIC The music and audio for this project is at least as important as the visuals. The cetaceans are masters of sound, and as a musician and ‘sound scientist’ my goal is to create an amazing experimental sound-track using my own musical creations in conjunction with recordings (or even real-time transmissions) of cetacean sounds

7) EDITING and POST-PRODUCTION This is the final stage before a finished version is ready. This is quite a tedious and time-consuming phase but is really where it all comes together. The utmost care and attention to detail is necessary here.

In addition to a film or series of films or shows, this project could involve the creation and dissemination of a book or books, posters, visual art and t-shirts, all working together not only to present ‘Aihe Tohora Paikea Wananga’ but also to celebrate and honour our most special fellow beings.

* Ancient Maori, ‘The knowledge and wisdom of whales and dolphins’



JEFF REF'S ON CETACEANS

COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE by Jeff Phillips (Outline for 'beyond film')


'ON THE BRINK' RADIO with Jeff Phillips/Wefferson 
(recent cetacean-oriented episodes)

#89 ORKATSAKA DREAMING - HOWARD GARRETT OF ORCANET.ORG INTERVIEW

#85 IN 2 HRS: CETACEAN DREAMING AOTEAROA / DOLPHINTALK RADIO MULTI-LOGUE


#83 'A HOLISTIC APPROACH'/MAUI'S DOLPHINS UNDER ATTACK/'BIG 3' OF WAR ON CETACEANS

#82 in 6 HRS: STEPHEN DERUBY CD 'SACRED SPACES' MUSICAL/NATURE EXPERIMENT


#81 'GIONG DREAMING' GAVI DUNCAN, GUMAROI/DARKINJUNG, INTERVIEW & MUSIC :)


#80 'AQUA NULLIUS' or 'A VACANT OCEAN'/GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT