When I think about people killing whales, the first things that pops into my mind is the Japanese whaling fleet. These bad actors kill thousands of whales calling it research, and they call their whaling ships research vessels.  But I don't need to demonize the Japanese for their addiction to whale flesh.  Greenpeace does an admirable jobs of monitoring their assault on Water World.

Let's talk about the lower profile whale killers.  These are people who throw garbage bags and plastic bags into the ocean while offshore.  When Whales ingest the plastic bags, it kills them just as dead as a Japanese harpoon.  That's what happened to this whale on the beach at the Exumas Land and Sea Park.  A plastic bag killed him.

Thirty years ago, I took a Caribbean cruise on a luxurious ocean liner.  We enjoyed an exciting day in Saint Thomas and as the sun set, we headed out to sea.  Around eleven pm, I was standing on deck and heard a strange plopping sound coming from below.  To my astonishment, I saw the cruise ship crew throw dozens of large black garbage bags into the sea.  They left a lethal cookie crumb trail of whale killing plastic bags under the cover of darkness.  I always wondered where those plastic bags went.  Now I know; whales ate them.

Plastic bags are ubiquitous.  I have seen them floating in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans; they are in every part of the world.  In Saudi Arabia, plastic bags blow endlessly across the desert sands.  They are non-biodegradable nomads that know the secrets of the farthest reaches of the Empty Quarter.

During our circumnavigation of the world, hardly a day went by when I didn't see plastic bags in the water.  Even in the middle of the ocean they are present because they drift with the current.  Plastic bags can travel twenty-five to one-hundred miles a day.  It took me eleven years to sail around the world, and a plastic bag can cover the same mileage in a fraction of the time as they ride the ocean currents.

If I was a research chemist working in a plastic bag factory, I would dedicate my life to creating a biodegradable plastic bag - one that disintegrated in a few weeks when exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.  The whales and sea turtles would nominate me for the Nobel prize in chemistry, and I would become rich and famous.

Just because I'm not rich, famous, or a chemist, doesn't mean I can't help protect the whales.  First, I won't make the situation worse by throwing plastic bags into the water, and second, I will use my website to tell people to dispose of their plastic garbage in a responsible manner that doesn't threaten whales and sea turtles.


God made a beautiful world, and populated it with awesome creatures.  Then He turned the world over to us, and we must protect it from ourselves.  We have met the enemy and he is us.  That means there is hope.  After all, it's not aliens from outer space that are destroying our world.  We have the power to stop the downward spiral of destruction.  We can stop killing the whales and cutting the rainforests.  We can stop destroying habitat.

The biosphere is smaller than most people think.  It goes only a few feet beneath the soil and water surface, and a few hundred feet into the sky.  Although planet earth may be large, the biosphere is small and fragile, and we are the only ones who can protect it.

The world still is a beautiful place, and life still is  good.  Let's keep it that way.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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