Dolphins are the most bad ass animals. They always appear to smile and have skills that blow my mind. Did you know dolphins can sense when someone is pregnant, even if it’s a human and would protect such woman bearing a child as if she was bearing one of their own? Dolphins kick that much ass. In this video, a group of dolphins swim before the ship with some scientists and as there are jellyfish around, they casually send them afloat by smacking the crap out of them with their fins. Dolphins kicking jellyfish around like there’s no tomorrow. I love dolphins.
A group of conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society operating on the coast of Bangladesh claims they have discovered 6000 os rare Irrawaddy Dolphins in the area. The same group however warns that these Irrawaddy Dolphins are facing population threat due to excessive fishing nets and climate change.
Irrawaddy Dolphins are mammals closest to other marine mammals, in particular killer whales or orcas. They were discovered in freshwater regions of South Asia, within the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal the waters of which are adjacent to Sundarbans. Up to this point, there has been very little research on marine mammals done in the area. Prior to this discovery, the largest known population of Irrawaddy Dolphins has only had a couple hundred members.
Irrawaddy Dolphins were listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable species, in particular since it was not known how many of them still remain on the planet. Thriving population of Irrawaddy Dolphins in Bangladesh gives us hope that there is future for these mammal and that they will be preserved in their natural habitat. Despite this discovery, however, Irrawaddy Dolphins remain threatened by fishing nets where they often get entangled by accident and drown. Declining fresh water supplies pose even bigger threat to Irrawaddy Dolphins. India has been diverging upstream water and sea level has been rising due to global warming, both of which contribute to devastating effect on the population of rare Irrawaddy Dolphins.
These circumstances however threaten more dolphin species than just Irrawaddys. Ganges River Dolphins are as endangered as Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Sundarbans mangrove forest. Freshwater dolphins are very vulnerable to extinction via humans impacts. Baiji or Yangtze River Dolphins are a reminder that unless humans live in harmony with wildlife, we will lose some of the most beautiful creatures that are on this planet.
Check out the video with Irrawaddy Dolphins below:
I have just watched this excellent documentary titled Earthlings. The name of the documentary may not suggest it at first, but it does make a lot of sense once you start watching it. It’s a video about animal abuse. Perhaps one of the harshest and most comprehensive video documentaries on animal abuse produced to date. It’s not easy to watch at all, especially if you’re an animal lover and human hater like me. Earthlings basically dips into every situation known to men involving animals and how we as fellow Earthlings have come to exploit animals, abuse them and brought many on the brink of destruction. Earthlings documentary is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix – great guy, great actor, animal rights activist and an overall great person with fantastic voice. Director and producer of Earthlings – Shaun Monson could not have picked a better person to narrate this documentary. It also comes as no surprise that Earthlings documentary is fully supported by Woody Harrelson – an activist for sustainable life choices. Musical score for Earthlings has been provided by another activist and an excellent musician – Moby.
Earthlings documentary is divided into five main section: Pets, Food, Clothes, Entertainment, Research. Each of these “industries” if you will involve animal abuse and exploitations, oftentimes done behind closed doors so average folk doesn’t know the real deal. The documentary reveals all the colorful details of mistreatment of animals with recordings of actual events that will make your non existent heard bleed tears. It’s saddening how far we as humans have fallen. The documentary also dubs into seal hunting in my home country of Canada. It also talk about (to me the most shocking) dolphin mass slaughter in one of my favorite countries – Japan and also talks about whaling which is done in great deal in another of my favorite countries – Iceland. So unfortunate so many great countries disregard the fact that animals have feelings. Animals experience fear and pain, more so than humans as many of their senses are developed better than same sense in humans, hence the experience of pain through these fine nerves is more intense.
Earthlings is definitely a great documentary that everyone should see. Prepare for a rollercoaster of images that will make you extremely sad and upset. It doesn’t help one bit that I have just seen another gut wrenching animal abuse video – Kenny Glenn beating and abusing cat Dusty. Not to mention that fail of humanity with chimpanzee in Connecticut I mention in my previous post that deals with the cartoon by Sean Delonas.
I truly feel like animals should really just gang up on us disgusting humans and exterminate us once and for all. We’re the scum of this Earth. We are the one destroying it and we’re also destroying these precious animal. Shame on us. We deserve the worst of punishments. Everybody, please watch Earthlings and reconsider what you eat, what you wear, what you use and what you watch for entertainment. Make adequate lifestyle changes for the better. These defenseless animals need it. If you don’t do it, then who will? Please 🙁
Earthlings Documentary – Animal Abuse Video narrated by Joaquin Phoenix is below: