Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Odyssey..



It's hard to imagine this beautiful stretch of coast three minutes from home as anything but pristine white sand and clear blue ocean stretching out to the horizon, but it has a past. This is also the migratory path of the southern right whale and the humpback whales. Each year between May and December the whales slowly make their way along the WA coast thus making them an easy target for whalers back in 1849 when a whaling station was right here (interesting read). Abandoned after only three years thank goodness. In 1979 Australia adopted an anti-whaling policy permanently ending whaling in Australian waters, instead focusing heavily on working towards the international protection and conservation of whales.. better late than never! Odyssey by Australian artist/sculptor Albie Herbert. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..


25 comments:

  1. A policy worth following. Great setting.

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  2. Grace, that is a fine monument to the whales who pass by this shore. So glad Australia now protects them.

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  3. great picture,both! the sky is impressive,i like clouds! ew

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  4. That is a very good policy! I love the sculpture, I also love whales. They are such gentle giants.

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  5. So recently ended the whale hunt, glad they can pass now safely. Lovely piece of art.

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  6. It is a tragedy that there are still a couple of nations involved in whale hunting even though they say it is for scientific research. I'm glad they are safe in your waters, Grace!

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  7. The art work is nice! Glad there is protection for the whales. Other countries involved in hunting whales ought to do the same.

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  8. Brilliant. So glad the whaling station has gone but now the plastic could be an even bigger problem! Have a good week Diane

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  9. Anti-whaling should be the law everywhere.

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  10. Times have changed for sure. Eighteen right whales died along the north eastern Atlantic coast last summer, many caught in traps. This year, before the whales arrived, traps had to be taken out of the water, making a short season for many fishers. It may be too late to save the whales however as the population has been decimated. Sad for the whales and humankind.

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  11. I think anti-whaling should be the law everywhere...

    All the best Jan

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  12. An excellent policy. Thank you for sharing this.

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  13. That's a very nice sculpture. A proper sculpture, I might say.

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  14. We humans can be so very destructive. Glad to hear Australia is going in the right direction.

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  15. Glad the hunting times are over, Grace, but good to always remember they once were and should not come back.

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  16. That was an interesting read. Do people come there to watch whales during their migration now?

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  17. ...conservation of whales is a win, win deal.

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