Bear Spearing wrong on so many levels

A hunter has caused outrage after filming himself spearing a black bear to death with a homemade weapon Josh Bowmar, 26, from Columbus, Ohio, can be seen celebrating after killing the bear while hunting in Alberta, Canada. But animal rights campaigners have condemned the killing, with the footage showing the bear sprinting away after the 7ft-long […]

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INDONESIA DECLARES NATIONAL PARK IN PALM OIL PRODUCING PROVINCE

A wildlife reserve and surrounding areas on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra were declared the country’s newest national park on Friday, part of the festivities for World Environment Day. Zamrud National Park is located in the Siak district of Riau province, whose vast peat swamp zones have been widely drained and dried for oil […]

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6 PLACES BANNING PLASTIC BAGS AROUND THE WORLD!

1. Karnataka, India In March this year, the Indian state of Karnataka completely banned the use of plastic across the state. No wholesale dealer, retailer, or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling film, or anything of the sort. Since the ban came into effect four […]

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ARMY KILLS OLYMPIC MASCOT – Captain’s Blog 52

In another tragic example of captive animals being shot, the Brazilian Army today shot dead a Jaguar, just hours after it was used in an Olympic Torch Ceremony.  This follows hot on the heels of the the horrific death of Harambe the Mountain Gorilla.  In both cases, critically endangered animals were being kept in zoos […]

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HELP US FLOAT A BIG DREAM. EARTHRACE-2 KICKSTARTER Captain’s Blog 51

Hi there … You may know of the extraordinary boat that was Earthrace 1. May she rest in peace. Now a new super-vessel is in the making. Earthrace-2 will be 200 ft long with a crew capacity of 26 and a guest capacity of 200 (in port). It will become our much-needed base of operations, […]

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CHARITY DUCKING FOR COVER Captain’s Blog 50

A charity in Auckland was recently bemoaning the fact that they were not issued a permit to release 12,000 rubber ducks into the harbour for their fundraiser.  It demonstrates how ignorance abounds in the corporate sector, and while the CEO Keith Mackenzie’s intentions in raising funds for his charity may be noble, it certainly does […]

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MARINELAND SUING STUDENT FOR $1 MILLION Captain’s Blog 49

In a somewhat surprising move, Ontario based Marineland have just announced their plans to sue 19-year old student Zach Affolter for $1m. It raises a number of interesting issues, and the case may yet backfire on Marineland.As a quick background, Zach acquired Orca footage online that was allegedly filmed by one or more employees at […]

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CHINESE DISGRACE – Captain’s Blog 48

A whale shark swam past an oil rig the other day in China, and it caused quite a stir on their social media as oil workers posted images and video of this awesome fish. The following day it was hanging in the Beihai Fish market and sold by a Mr Liao and Mr Huang, who […]

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WILL INDONESIA BLOW UP THE HUA Li 8? Captain’s Blog 47

The massive Chinese Fishing Fleet roaming the Pacific and elsewhere fishing illegally came in for a rude awakening recently. The “Hua Li 8” was spotted by the Argentinian Navy fishing illegally within their EEZ. A skirmish ensued and after considerable drama, the vessel escaped. My first thoughts are how could a Navy with all the […]

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THE GREAT ESCAPE OF INKY – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 46

There was an item doing the rounds yesterday about Inky the Octopus that escaped from New Zealand’s National Aquarium. It was a feel-good story reminiscent of “Finding Nemo”, and in many ways it was quite extraordinary what Inky achieved – He got out of the enclosure when the lid was up, got into an overflow […]

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SHARKS LEFT TO ROT – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 45

The recent loss of 3 massive Bronze Whaler Sharks and a Stingray at Hatfield Beach in Auckland highlight just how destructive set nets are. Recreational fishermen had set the net the previous day, and on returning found the massive animals entangled and already dead. They recovered their net and left the sharks strewn on the […]

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SUMATRAN LOGGING SCAM – CAPTAIN’S BLOG 44

“The loggers are close”, Stéphane says to me in a whisper. “Five of them on the track ahead. And many more in the bush working…” We are crouched behind a fallen tree, and both of us are nervous. We’ve been stalking these illegal loggers for two days, but we’re in a precarious position if any […]

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