During his voyage on the sailing cargo vessel Kwai (www.svkwai.com), Bengineer went out to find the skull of a whale of unknown species. He took measurements and bone samples for research.
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The Pacific islands are uniting to strengthen Whale Conservation through a specially designed campaign that starts next year. Pacific island governments and partners came together to continue the planning and preparation of this special campaign in Apia, Samoa today.
The three key elements for the special campaign encompass Science, Conservation Management Planning and Education Material to help enhance Whale Conservation.
The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) notes that between 1900 and 1965 industrial fleets killed over two million large whales on their summer feeding grounds. By 1965 the population of humpback whales in Oceania was reduced from more than 14,000 whales to less than 1% of that number.
“Thanks, in no small part to the declaration of some of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries by members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) that number has now increased to around 5,000 whales, and forms the basis of valuable whale-watch industries in several countries,” said Mr. David Sheppard the Director-General of SPREP.
“This is one of the world’s most encouraging conservation success stories.”
At least 30 different whale and dolphin species are known to migrate or reside within the Economic Exclusive Zones of the 21 Pacific island countries and territory members of SPREP. Species including the largest, the blue whale as well as numerous other baleen whale species like the minke, fin, sei and humpback whale, are present in the Pacific islands region.
In addition, toothed cetaceans of all sizes including false killer whales, short-finned pilot whales and many dolphin species such as pan-tropical spotted, striped and Risso’s dolphins occur in the waters of many Pacific island countries and territories.
Whales currently face many other threats including entanglement in fishing gear, ingestion of plastics and other marine debris, pollution, and climate change.
“It is only fitting that we should choose the whale as the symbol of hope and optimism for our ocean in the coming years, for whales are the great sentinels,” said Mr. Sheppard.
“They reflect the state of the oceans, whether in the amount of pollutants that accumulate in their bodies; or the nets, longlines, ropes and other debris from the fishing and maritime industries that can entangle them.”
The Pacific Year of the Whale has been launched in 2016 with an action plan of activities to be completed for evaluation in 2018 to prepare the path forward to continue Whale Conservation activities once the special campaign ends.
Last Saturday, on his way through the Northern Cook Islands, Bengineer stepped off the Tiare Taporo to find a whale skull on the tip of the Omoka side of Penrhyn island. Bengineer is currently working on the above mentioned sailing cargo vessel as Chief Engineer.
Because of an earlier visit to the island on the S.V.Kwai, Bengineer knew where to find cetacean remnants that were not yet identified. Nan Hauser asked him to collect samples for DNA identification to confirm the possible identity of the animal: a beaked whale. This is a rare whale species that is not often seen on the ocean surface. A positive identification would make it extra interesting to investigate the area of the Northern Cook Islands more closely.
For next year, Centre for Cetacean Research and Conservation, based in Rarotonga, is actually planning to do an expedition to the Northern Cook Islands to establish a baseline on the cetacean population in this area. Please go to our page Future Projects to read about the details and the way in which you could help to establish funds.
The German made documentary about Nan Hauser’s life and work has recently been broadcasted on French national television ARTE FUTURE.
March 24, 2016
Although condemned internationally, Japan renewed whaling in the Southern Ocean, killing 333 animals, including 200 pregnant females.
Here in the Cook Islands we don’t go to the whales, the whales come to us! The Cook Islands are home to the last endangered population of migrating humpback whales. Rarotonga’s unique structure means the whales can come right up against the reef, and anyone can see these amazing creatures up close and witness their acrobatic displays from the land. We are so proud our Marae Moana is a whale sanctuary, and to be a part of ensuring these whales are here to touch the lives of future generations to come.
After the broadcasting of the documentary “Frauen und Oceane”, in which the life and work of Nan Hauser is portrayed, our organization was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and donations, big and small. Here are some quotes from all over the globe:
“Dear Nan Hauser, today I saw a documentation about You and Your project on TV. I was very touched about the whales and You and Your life and work. And of course, because I was 25 years ago on Rarotonga for holiday. (But didn´t saw any whales) It´s not much, but -for what ever- I hope my donation will help You. Best wishes and a good health, so You can do in future what ever You want”
“Hi Nan, I recently saw a report about you when you’re broke on television. Your personality and your efforts are really inspiring and I just donated a little of my money for your cause . I just wanted to say: keep up the good work, more people like you should be out there! I wish you all the best for your upcoming studies and your health in particular! “
“Dear Nan and Team, fantastic the work you do for the whales and the eco system. I admire your work, there should be many more doing what you do for this planet. I saw you on TV and my heart also beats for the ocean. Thank you for what you do.”
“Ich bin dankbar das es Menschen wie dich mit diesem Einsatz gibt Danke dir 😉 Lieben Gruss”
“Hello Mrs. Hauser, in the moment I saw a film over your project with the whales on the cook islands. They say tat you need money for all the things you do for this beautyfull animals. I am not rich but wen you tell me your Account number, I will send you my contribution. Please excuse my awful english. lovely greetings “
“In this moment (in germany) i see a phantastic film about your work and the work of your team. Great, great job! The world needs more people like you! Congratulations for what you have reached. And infinite (I hope it is the right word) power for the future. And best regards to Beasty.”
“Hui Nan, just saw about a film about your great work in the Cook Islands – fantastic! BRgds”
“Hej nan!! I just saw your Film on arte and I was really impressed!!! So I want to say THANK YOU for your work and your love to the whales!!!
Keep on rock’in!!! All the best from austria”
“hi im from austria just seen your show your amazing on what you are doying my self i love the ocean and i saw how close you came to the whale when it came up and so close to the boat you leave in an amazing place so green and the colour of the ocean just amazing and your favourite whale beasty right is that him ane keep up the amazing work .”
“Nan, hello, I am just watching the docu about you and the wales (beasty hahaha). I am fascinated and try to finds for you. Lovely greetings from Dublin.”
“Cher Nan, Tout d’abord un grand merci a vous et votre equipe parce que j’ai vu un reportage sur la chaene television Arte. Merci de vous battre pour les baleines au moment ou le monde , l’Europe va mal avec la crise de refugies cause par les guerres. L’egoisme de l’homme en general! Merci d’avoir parle de votre maladie aussi qui m’encourage pour mon petit frere qui est atteint de cette meme maladie. Je n’ai pas encore des moyens pour vous faire un don mais je prierai la sainte Vierge et je deposerai votre nom chez les petites soeurs de sacre coeur Ã Paris pour que Sainte Marie vous vienne encore aide avec des dons. a fin de continuer votre combat!”
“Hello Nan, I’ve seen you on french tv (arte) Scientist and near from Nature in Corsica island. I invite you on LinkedIn. Regards”
“I’m in french and i saw a documentary of you and your team. Excuse me for my english ! Your work and your investment is fantastic !! I’m happy to see a people like you. Thank you for this good moment and thank you for your love and your message for the life. Good luck and good health !”
On the 7th of March a new documentary will be released on German television under the title:
(Women and oceans, Nan Hauser – the way of the whales)