WHALES WEEP NOT

WHALES WEEP NOT

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs.

And they rock, and they rock, through the sensual ageless ages on the depths of the seven seas,

and through the salt they reel with drunk delight

and in the tropics tremble they with love and roll with massive, strong desire, like gods.

Whales are magic. David Herbert Lawrence knew it. We all know it. And the saddest thing in the world, is when these magnificent creatures become entangled in fishing nets or ingest plastic waste and die.

 Through the art installation depicting a dead whale choked by plastics, Greenpeace Philippines seeks to underscore the massive problem of plastics pollution in the ocean and calls on the ASEAN to address this looming problem on its shores. © Greenpeace

Through the art installation depicting a dead whale choked by plastics, Greenpeace Philippines seeks to underscore the massive problem of plastics pollution in the ocean and calls on the ASEAN to address this looming problem on its shores. © Greenpeace

It’s not a small problem.

A recent Forbes articles states that each fall, pods of endangered humpback whales numbering around 10,000, make their 3,000-mile journey towards Hawaii to winter over in warm waters. Along the way, these whales become entangled in man-made environmental hazards such as fishing gear lines and marine debris. The work to untangle a 45-foot, 40-ton whale is dangerous to both the rescue team and the whale.

 Rescuers untangle a gray whale from ghost net off the coast of California.

Rescuers untangle a gray whale from ghost net off the coast of California.

Thankfully, technology now offers solace - in the form of drones. A new program between the administration's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and non-profit Oceans Unmanned is using remote-controlled quadcopters with cameras. Oceans Unmanned is training Maui-bases volunteers to operate the drones from small boat in support of the disentanglement teams. In the past 30 years, NOAA has overseen the disentanglement of 1,300 whales. This new program could make those rescues far more efficient and less risky for the volunteers and the whales. 

It gives us a tiny glimpse of hope that humans are coming up with ideas on how to use technology to do good by undoing some of the harm we've already inflicted on our planet. 

... And enormous mother whales lie dreaming suckling their whale - tender young and dreaming with strange whale eyes wide open in the waters of the beginning and the end.

- Whales Weep Not by David Herbert Lawrence. Read the entire poem here.

 DJI drone from the Freefly program bing trained to resue whales

DJI drone from the Freefly program bing trained to resue whales

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