Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dolphin Song: A Children's book!

Reading Dolphin Song to grand kids

Martine is just getting used to her new life on the game reserve with her grandmother and the white giraffe, Jemmy, when she must go away. Her class is going on a trip—an ocean voyage to watch the sardine run, a spectacular natural phenomenon off the coast of South Africa. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Martine and several of her classmates are thrown overboard into shark-infested waters! They are saved by a pod of dolphins and end up marooned on a deserted island. Now the castaways must learn to work together, not only to survive but to help the dolphins who are now in peril.

A reprint:

Tasmania: Whales & Dolphins-Mother & Baby

The scene of a mass whale and dolphin stranding on King Island
Photographer: John Nievaart of Naracoopa Holiday units

“We see dolphins and whales beaching and dying for reasons we do not understand and men make all the effort to save them and nearly all the time fail.” The Cockroach Catcher

Jemma Blomhoff with her 4 months old daughter Jordyn on her back cares for this dolphin
Photographer: JAY TOWN

Someday Jordyn Blomhoff who was only 4 months old could tell her friends: I was there saving a dolphin. Would being taken to save whales and dolphins at 4 months of age appear on the new DSM or ICD code?

"When I heard, I grabbed some buckets. Jordyn was still in her pyjamas," said Ms Blomhoff, her mother.

Keeping cool
Photographer: John Nievaart of Naracoopa Holiday units

"They told us to find one [animal] and stick to it. Ours was a dolphin. We just tipped water over him continuously. When the water was on his face he would lift his face and open his blowhole as if he was really enjoying it.

"They took him to the water in the carrier and when they put him back, he went silly. They had to hold him so he could get some strength back. He was lifting his tail. It was excellent. So it had a happy ending." From Tasmania’s paper 
The Mercury

Others are not so lucky.
It has been a horror summer for Tasmanian whale strandings.

Pilot whales stranded on Seven Mile beach.
Photo: Peter Lord

On November 22, 64 long-fined pilot whales stranded at Stanley in the state's northwest. Eleven were rescued.

The rugged coast of Tasmania which claimed the lives of 155 whales.
Photo: The Examiner Newspaper

On November 29, 155 long-finned pilot whales died south of Arthur River on the West Coast and 32 were saved.
And in January, 48 sperm whales -- the huge species mythologised in the novel Moby-Dick -- died on a sandbar near Smithton in the state's North-West.
Some strandings have been linked to naval sonar activity. In 2005 the Royal Australian Navy said it would avoid areas where whales were known to be stranding.
There is still so little we know about the natural world and the last words go to Sir Peter Scott:

Photographer: JAY TOWN

Whales and other marine mammals rely on their hearing for life's most basic functions, such as orientation and communication. Sound is how they find food, find friends, find a mate, and find their way through the world every day.
So when a sound thousands of times more powerful than a jet engine fills their ears, the results can be devastating -- and even deadly.
This is the reality that whales and other marine mammals face because of human-caused noise in the ocean, whether it's the sound of airguns used in oil exploration or subs and ships emitting sonar. Manmade sound waves can drown out the noises that marine mammals rely on for their very survival, causing serious injury and even death.

"We shan't save all we should like to,
but we shall save a great deal more than if we had never tried."

Sir Peter Scott (1909-89)
WWF founder 1961

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I would like to convince readers that the NHS is worth saving so for a limited time I am offering an electronic version free to any medical blogger, nurses and doctors that worked in the NHS and other health care systems totally free. Please drop me a note to my email address <cockroachcatcher (at) gmail (dot) com >or through COMMENTS.

1 comment:

hyperCRYPTICal said...

FREE FREE FREE - I wonder how many will take up this kind offer CC - for such is the world that only that that is paid for has value - whether it has value or not.
The NHS is free at the point of access - so we value it not. Little do we know that we pay for same through NI contributions - or we did - our contributions now lost in some melting pot of whatever...
I would gladly lose some of my 'take-home' income to keep the NHS alive - as I am sure would almost all of us.
But this would not serve the purpose of whatever government is in power - for privitisation is the way to go, whatever the hue of those that rule us.
We (the NHS) flounder as do beached whales and dolphins - and nobody cares...
We will when the beach is no longer available...
Anna :o[