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Is Whaling Humane? - Introduction Whaling has become a global environmental issue as vast numbers of whales are killed commercially and scientifically every year. Intense debate on the necessity of whaling has been stirred but failed to be resolved due to the lacking of pragmatic measures employed by the responsible parties. Whaling nations continue to defend their whaling right for cultural and research purposes. Yet, ethical and humanity issues are among the controversial disputes raised by concerned public. In February 2010, International Whaling Commission (IWC) proposed a plan of lifting whaling ban by limiting scientific whaling activities with the intention of reducing overall number of whales killed be...   [tags: The Whaling Controversy]
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The International Whaling Commission - Captain Paul Watson once stated in his guide to environmental conservation, "Environmental activists may be a nuisance and a pain in the ass to the established authorities of the present. However, to the establishment of the future, we will be honored ancestors."(Watson, Earthforce) Today that very same man is on the run, hiding out in international waters, from the very same authorities he mentions. Captain Watson’s words could not be truer when it comes to the issues surrounding international commercial whaling....   [tags: commercial whaling, conservation, whaling industry]
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Stop Whaling Now - Norway currently (2008) allows 1,052 minke whales to be hunted commercially for meat each year. Norway has killed over 8,100 whales since the whaling ban began; Japan currently (2008) kills 1,415 great whales from six species each year, for ‘scientific research. The IWC has condemned this as unnecessary and called on Japan to stop their hunts in over 20 separate Resolutions, Iceland killed 200 minke whales between 2003 and 2007 for 'scientific' purposes (WSPA). This is a very disturbing fact because these creatures have as much of a right to be on this beautiful planet earth as much as any human does and we are killing them senselessly and for no real good reason....   [tags: whaling ban, hunting, IWC, Japan, whales]
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Norwegian Whaling - Norwegian Whaling Modern commercial whaling is continuously being over-exploited as whaling companies strive to maximize their profits despite international protest and a ban by the International Commission. Many various species of whales have been extinct, and the relatively few whales that remain are extremely vulnerable, and the factors that led to their over-exploitation in the past have not changed. Norway, one of the several countries involved in illegal whaling, has again refused to accept the international moratorium on whaling and has announced that its catch quotas for whales have risen....   [tags: Whaling Conservation Hunting Whales Essays]
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The Nobility of Labor and the Common Man - The Nobility of Labor and the Common Man The whaling industry in the 1800’s went largely unnoticed by people of high social standing. Businessmen, attornies, and other professionals frowned upon whaling. Many viewed whalers as nothing more than common butchers killing to make a living. Society looked down on people who would dirty their hands, or lower themselves to such common labor. Melville’s portrayal of the whaling industry countered these beliefs. He showed that whaling took men of great courage and bravery....   [tags: Whaling] 596 words
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The Interesting Industry of Japanese Whaling - ... However, World War II soon followed, and the Japanese whaling industry was reduced to familiar hunting grounds. Whaling was halted in Japan in March 1945 when the Japanese islands were taken by US forces. By November 1945, Japanese whaling stations reopened; however, most whaling ships had been commandeered by the Japanese navy, thus crushing the Japanese whaling industry. The U.S. continued to encourage Japan to continue whaling in order to provide a cheap source of meat. Eventually, the Japanese whaling industry recovered as Japanese whale hunters went back to Antarctica....   [tags: hunt, antarctica, regulations] 684 words
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Overview of the Whaling of the Makah People - The Makah’s Whaling The Makah people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest have a very close and long standing cultural bond to the ocean. This cultural bond is displayed in various forms such as their artwork, history, and lore. One key aspect of their culture has come scrutiny within the past twenty years—whaling. Since 1855, the Makah people have legally held the right to whale in designated waters around their reservation. In the 1920’s, the Makah decided to halt whaling due to a dwindling population of the whales....   [tags: indigenous people, Pacific Northwest]
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Whaling: The Issues Within The Murder - There are many issues in the environment today which are affected by humans – one of these is whaling. Whaling is a very dangerous and gruesome practice in which whales are killed and harvested for parts of their bodies including their oil, meat and baleen plates. Whaling is also a large part of some cultures, including the aboriginal and Japanese cultures. Whaling in the past has severely depleted the numbers of whales in our oceans, causing near extinction in some whale species. A whaling ban has been put in place to limit whaling and protect whales, there are some problematic issues to do with this ban....   [tags: environment, species]
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A Brief History of Whaling - While you could argue that practically everyone who has gone through the American education system has at least heard of Moby Dick, the whaling industry, a main element of the epic, is not so well known. In order to fully understand and appreciate this great work, it is in my opinion, important to have somewhat of an understanding of the industry which it is centered around. This is especially true because whaling was such a prominent, and important aspect of 19th century culture and although far less popular, still exists today....   [tags: Trade]
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Commercial Whaling - Commercial whaling is a serious world issue that has always been difficult for those who are in support and those who are against it. Each group defends their side with convincing arguments. Morally, whaling is wrong, but do the reasons for whaling outweigh the reasons to cease the primitive hunts. By studying the effects of whaling,realizing how culture has changed over time, and taking note of the money that would be saved, it can clearly be seen that there is no longer a current need for whaling to continue....   [tags: ecosystem, whale wards, sea shepherd]
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History Of Whaling - When seventeenth-century settlers brought their knowledge of the ancient European whaling industry to the shores of New England, they were not the first to hunt the great beasts. Native Americans who lived along the coasts of the continent used carcasses of dead whales that washed up on shore for food, oil, and they used the bone for making canoes to pursue whales that swam into shallow coastal waters. As the Mayflower sailed into Plymouth harbor in 1620, many whales swam near the ship, one factor that kept the settlers on the harsh coast....   [tags: essays research papers] 946 words
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The Resumption of Whaling by Norway and America's Attitude Towards Whaling - The Resumption of Whaling by Norway and America's Attitude Towards Whaling The following paper is about the resumption of whaling by Norway with a focus on the American attitude towards whaling in general. Whaling is a very sensitive issue for many people, including myself. There are many people who feel that whales are highly intelligent mammals, akin to humanity in many ways....   [tags: Papers] 1502 words
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Whaling is Killing Thousands, Bringing Whales to Near Extinction - ... Japan has been using this excuse, among many others, since 1986. In the decades Japan has used this excuse, it seems almost ridiculous that Japan has not learned anything new about the mammals’ breeding, migratory, or any other habits. When Australia took Japan to the International Court of Justice to challenge the validity of Japan’s scientific whaling industry, Australia’s agent to the court, Bill Campbell, stated, “Japan seeks to cloak its ongoing commercial whaling in the lab coat of science.” He later told journalists: “You don’t kill 935 whales a year to conduct scientific research....   [tags: legislation, commerical, survival] 1234 words
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Whaling: The hunting of Fin Whales in Antarctic Ocean - Whaling The biggest animal known to mankind is a whale has been in hunted since the 800 B.C. Today in the world that we live in there are many problems one of them is hunting whales. One of Whaling is the hunting of all different types of whales for oils and meats. Around 1,000 whales are killed each year and there are many reasons why whalers should not be able to kill these innocent animals. (Berzin) Japanese are the most common people to kill so many of the whales around 1,500 are killed. Japan eating the meat of a whale is a tradition in their culture....   [tags: japanese, innocent animals, ]
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Whaling in US compared to Japan - Whaling in US compared to Japan Did you know that in the last 50 years over two million whales have been killed. The United States views whaling very differently than Japan does. It is a complicated and controversial topic. Many people have opinions about whale hunting. However, everyone should know both sides of the whale hunting issues before they act on the issue. To start out I am going to tell you a little about whaling. The first whale hunters were in the prehistoric times. At first they would just kill and eat beached whales....   [tags: social issues] 979 words
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A Look at Today's Whaling - A Look at Today's Whaling “ The story of the whale is so remarkable, that were there not so many witnesses, I would not venture to tell it, lest I be accused of exaggeration.” -J.D.B Stillman, aboard the ship Plymouth, November 1850 (Stewart, 1995) There is no doubt that humans have always been intrigued with the majestic beauty of the large giants found in all of the world’s oceans. Whales and people have had a long history together, marked by many turns of events. Long ago, native tribes, from many places in the world, depended largely on whales for protein in their diets....   [tags: Fishing Ocean Papers]
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The International Whaling Regime - The International Whaling Regime In his article, “Whale Mining, Whale Saving,” Sidney Holt states, “saving the whales is for millions of people a crucial test of their political ability to halt environmental destruction”(Holt 1985). In a world where environmental issues are often so vast that solving them seems impossible, it is rare to encounter a regime which successfully addresses these problems. If we judge a regime’s effectiveness by its ability to change the behavior of its members and possibly even encourage others to join, then the whaling regime was in fact quite effective....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Effects of Illegal Whaling in The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on Benthic and Pelagic Ecosystems - Whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (SOWS) is an ongoing issue despite laws and regulations prohibiting commercial hunting in these waters. Whaling fleets from Japan use scientific research to justify continued whaling in the Southern Ocean. Weak enforcement of the regulations set up in the SOWS has allowed countries, most notably Japan, to continue their hunts with little interference. If whaling continues in the SOWS, it may lead to irreversible effects to the ecosystem of the Southern Ocean....   [tags: Ecology]
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Whale Hunting Should Be Banned - ... They make a pretty big profit for them right. Whaling is native for only two of the eleven countries or nations hunting whales. Japan and Norway are the only native whaling hunters but they won’t ever listen to the people anywhere else. For the people who think whaling is okay but bad you must join a side on this big debate against these two native nations. If you look at the stats and details of whales life span and the population you will easily pick the side that everyone is going to. The good side tells Japan and norway to stop but they won’t listen to anyone including the international whale organization.This tells us that they are trying to tell us they are lying and still want to...   [tags: whaling industry] 1068 words
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Killing the Whales - In 1986, The International Whaling Commission (IWC) implemented a moratorium to stop commercial whaling. Many people believe that this would save the whales and end forever the industrial slaughter that had decimated the many different species. Being an animal lover and just getting back from Florida for over a year, I realized how beautiful and important the ocean and the animals that live in it are. In Florida I saw many different types of ocean species, but I have never seen a whale in real life....   [tags: Downside of Whaling]
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Comparing Whaling Now to the Occupation in the Nineteenth Century - Comparing Whaling Now to the Occupation in the Nineteenth Century The whaling industry has drastically changed technologically and politically from the time depicted in Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby Dick to the present. New harpoons, faster motor ships, and shore butchering stations have made whaling safer and quicker than Melville could have ever imagined. These changes are due largely to new technology and the increased value for whale products. The new methods of whaling have also caused a huge reduction in the size of the whale population....   [tags: Papers] 962 words
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Inuit Land Rights, Whaling Jurisdiction, and Education - Inuit Land Rights, Whaling Jurisdiction, and Education “Common strategies are needed to confront a coming century of conflict and danger with our own imperatives for survival . . .[Common strategies are needed in] the quest for political and economic freedom with which to rebuild our own socially healthy and economically viable communities”. - Indian Country Today, July 2002. Today, the Inuit emerge on the modern global stage as one of many native groups claiming political sovereignty and national and international recognition of their collective rights....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Humans Are Wiping Out the Marine Ecosystem - ... Around 7:30 am on 7 December 2007 in Korea’s local time, Samsung Heavy Industries’ crane barge crashed into Hebei Spirit, a crude carrier anchored by Hong Kong, while being towed. The tragic accident took place near the Daesan port on the coast of Yellow Sea, spilling approximately 260,000 tons of oil in the sea. The situation worsened as the barge freely floated around after the tug cable had snapped. Fortunately enough, no casualties were reported from this incident. However, the region that the spill had affected was one of the major homes used migratory birds, and contained a national maritime park along with 445 sea farms as well....   [tags: pollution, oil slicks, whaling] 786 words
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The Effect of Over Hunting on Blue Whales - ... From 1904 to 1967 360,000 blue whales were killed, that adds up to about 70% of their population. Whales produce up to 3 off spring at most in one year so the bounce back from a huge killing would take many years. The International Whaling Commission was established in 1946, to help fight commercial whaling. The IWC came around to help fight whaling, but they had little effect. In 1970 the Convention of International Trade of Endangered species put a ban on all whaling. Even though there is a ban on whaling Norway, Iceland, Japan and the USSR still have whaling fleets but under the name of “scientific research”....   [tags: whaling, killing whales for meat and oil] 615 words
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The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins - The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins: Science and Practice, edited by Mark P. Simmons and Judith D. Hutchinson, is a book I have decided to utilize as a foundation piece for my final paper. This book contains in-depth information from multiple authors, compiled in chapter format. The compilations discuss many global issues revolving around the cetacean species, such as the protection and conservation of these water mammals and the various ways that they are endangered or harmed. This book also contains information about numerous international organizations and departments that regulate and maintain whaling laws and marine-life policies....   [tags: water mammals, cetacean, whaling, protection]
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Conservation of the Blue Whale - Introduction The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a species of baleen whale known as the largest animal on Earth. They can grow to be over 100 feet long and can weigh up to 165 tons. Blue whales are found in all oceans and can occupy a wide variety of habitats, from pelagic environments to offshore environments (Clapham et al. 1999). Up until the 19th century, blue whales were generally immune from whaling. Not only were they substantially large animals, they were also very quick and agile and were difficult to catch....   [tags: baleen biology, whaling, ship strikes]
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What Goes on at the IWC - What Goes on at the IWC -------"There Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land; and at his gills Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out a sea." Paradise Lost Overexploitation is not limited to land resources alone. Just as our precious terrestrial and coastal habitats are delicate and too easily destroyed, so are the species of the open sea. Whales, some of the biggest and most powerful mammals on earth, are not strong enough to protect themselves from our murderous actions....   [tags: IWC Marine Life Whaling Essays]
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Laguna San Ignacio - Laguna San Ignacio Japan’s leading trading company, the Mitsubishi Corporation, has proposed an expansion to its large salt-mining company that is located at Laguna Guerrero Negro. Mitsubishi wishes to expand south to an area surrounding Laguna San Ignacio, occupying 21,000 acres of protected land surrounding the lagoon. Laguna San Ignacio is the second largest breeding and calving area off the western coast of Baja California where Gray Whales visit during the winter months. Mitsubishi’s 7 million ton per year facility at Laguna Guerrero Negro has grown to capacity and the cost of loading and shipping salt has become too expensive because the salt at the facility has to be shipped to Cedr...   [tags: Trade Trading Japan Whaling Essays]
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Why Kill the Dolphins? - Why Kill the Dolphins. Dolphins make up the largest and most diverse family of cetaceans. The family contains 26 recognized species of which 13 tend to have long well defined beaks and streamlined robust bodies. Many vary in size, shape, colors, beaks and flippers, as humans have various characteristics. One of the most common dolphins that are found in southern California is the bottlenose dolphin (Kelly). The bottlenose dolphin is mainly found in coastal waters between 45 degrees north and 45 degrees south, also in Northern Europe waters....   [tags: Marine Life Whaling Fishing Conservation Essays]
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Hunting for Whales: Outdated Practice - ... The first type of data is just that, the number of whales landed, the second type is “reports of catch and production by pre20th century commercial shore whaling establishments.”, and the third data is that of which is collected from catch and production by voyages (Reeves & Smith, 2010) WHALING 4 The second two forms of data collected from whaling, pre20th century commercial whaling establishments and pre20th century whaling voyages, are only used because these groups were whaling before it became illegal for commercial use in 2014 (Ganderton, 2014)....   [tags: assisting the whale population in growth]
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Why Do the Japanese Hunt Whales? - “As a Christian, I live by the Bible, so I never indulge in such activities,” Mr. Nanyaro said to undercover reporters (Ogilvie, 2010). He is one of the commissioners in the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and he admitted that Japan provided prostitutes when he visited Japan and lived in a five-star hotel. Meanwhile, according to Ogilvie (2010), Tanzania’s IWC commissioner was recording saying that politicians from his country were flown to Japan where they were offered prostitutes (Ogilvie, 2010), and these bribery allegations came just a week before the IWC meets in Morocco....   [tags: killing of whales]
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Solution to the Decreasing of Number of Whales - The world consistently undergoes ecological change, and each change, whether positive or negative, affects living creatures differently. Some of these changes are biological, stemming from the natural processes that envelope our complex ecosystem, while others are brought about from mans neglect for the delicate world we live in. One of the most controversial topics within the last century surrounding the perpetual damage life on earth, has been the declining population of cetaceans, or whales. Their decreasing numbers are sometimes due to natural factors, but for the most part the unnatural factors outweigh these....   [tags: cetaceans, ban, law, mammals, IWC, Japan]
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Why the Makah Indians Hunt Whales - Why the Makah Indians hunt whales: “Whales provide us with the food for our bodies, bones for our tools and implements and spirits for our souls.” “We haven’t hunted the whale for 70 years but have hunted them in our hearts and in our minds.” “Whales are a central focus of our culture today as they have been from the beginning of time.” This has been a tradition of the Makah Indians for more than 2000 years. They had to stop in 1926 due to the scarcity of gray whales. But their abundance now makes it possible to resume their ancient practice of the hunt....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Whale Wars - Whale Wars In the Antarctic Ocean, Japanese whalers hunt for whales. Could you imagine eating meat from an animal that you admire. The Japanese are saying that their being killed for scientific research, but in reality many people believe they are being eaten. Several organizations have helped to ban whaling, but all that ends up happening is reducing the amount of whales to be killed. In the Antarctic Ocean there are several whales such as the White Hump-Back, Grey Whales, and Minkes Whales. These whales are the only ones the Japanese whalers kill for their scientific research, why not other whales....   [tags: Conservation]
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CITES: Saving Endangered Species - Conservation, the protection of natural ecosystems, environment and wildlife, has been a major issue when people talk about the environment. There are many different kinds of conservation movements taking action nowadays, like clean water conservation, ecosystems conservation, or endangered species conservation. All three issues have been important and major issues after people started acknowledging how serious the problems are. The endangered species conservation movement is a worldwide phenomenon that covers an issue that will affect the Earth significantly....   [tags: conservation, wildlife, flora, fauna]
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The Destruction of the Minke Whale in Mobe Dick by Herman Melville - ... In the ocean is revolving cycle, such as planktons being eating by fish, which are eaten by whales. In order for the ocean to function, a cycle has to happen, Jeremy Jackson5. A solution could be finding another meat to use to substitute whale meat, or having a numerous amount of customer that stop demanding sushi. By lower demand the Japanese will have no reason to kill the Minke whale because it is not a request. While some conservationists argue that the minke whale is near extinction, economists suggest that the cost to protect the minke whale are too high for the LDC to afford....   [tags: capitain ahab, taxonomy]
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The Blue Whales: The Largest Mammal Ever to Inhabit the Earth - ... This study also suggest that blue whales use their evolved sense of hearing to navigate and to detect food in the depths of the ocean. Blue whales are baleen species, which means they have fringed blades hanging from their upper jaws instead of teeth, called baleen. Blue whales have a mottled gray coloring, however, beneath the surface they appear blue. Blue whales are air-breathing animals yet they can stay underwater for more than 30 minutes. The blue whale habitat ranges from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere; they can be found in all major oceans....   [tags: marine life and animals] 656 words
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In the Heart of the Sea - ... He did not accept inputs from his officers and so they have to cover 3,000 miles, which took 93 days in hunger, thirst and death as the trade winds and storms blew them farther and farther from their destination. First mate Owen Chase might have been the better leader, however he was responsible for some poor decisions too. It is difficult to judge who is better leader among them as the world mostly relied on Chase’s narrative of the Wreck of Whaleship Essex. Philbrick also uses Chase narratives but relied more on a recently uncovered account of fourteen year old Cabin boy who was also aboard when Whale Struck the ship....   [tags: ship, whales, cannibalism]
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Whale Hunting By the Makah Tribe - Whale hunting has been a way of life for the Makah Tribe for more than 2000 years. They have traditionally depended on the whale meat to survive as well as they have utilized the whales blubber and oil. The dependence on whale hunting has caused the whale to be an integral part of the Makah culture. The whale is in their songs, dances, designs and basketry. It has given them a disciple and pride in their tribe. Yet for the past seventy years the Makah has been prevented from hunting due to the gray whale, the whale they hunt, being on the endangered list....   [tags: Essays on Hunting]
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We Need to Protect the Environment - We Need to Protect the Environment "Paper or plastic?" Nearly every time someone buys groceries, he or she is asked this question. But what is your answer. Are McDonalds responsible for the litter on the streets. Should we kill whales for meat. Why don't we walk to work. A lot of us think if we were in charge of the environment we would change a few things…. which just might be a good thing as people are ruining the environment with simple day-to-day activities....   [tags: Papers] 896 words
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Southern Ocean Sanctuary - ... The greatest challenge now stands with NGO’s and their ability to regulate the use of biological resources while enforcing the legislation being administered. Without cohesion amongst environmental NGO’s and aligned nations, the absence of regulation enforcement will lead to specie scarcity, resulting in the rapid depletion of the Earth’s most precious resources. Some of the greatest natural made wonders this world has to offer can be found in the depths of the oceans and along the vast expanses of coastline....   [tags: natural resources, overpopulations]
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Southern Ocean Sanctuary - ... 3). However, it is not the timeframe that is of the greatest environmental concern, it is the ability to hold all parties in violation of such regulations accountable that has troubled the International Whaling Commission and allied organizations. Today, 89 countries have agreed to the terms of the International Whaling Commission, continuing to produce legislation protecting the lives of the whales in this vital feeding ground. Of the 89 members of the International Whaling Commission, only three countries continue to engage in commercial whaling; those being Japan, Norway and Iceland (Australian Government Department of the Environment 2013, pg....   [tags: overpopulation, resource scarcity]
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville - The Characters and Plot There are numerous characters in Moby Dick, but only a few of them have any impact on the story. A common sailor named Ishmael is the narrator. The book, however, focuses on Captain Ahab, the one-legged commander of the whaling ship Pequod. Ahab has sworn to kill the gigantic whale Moby Dick, who took away his leg. Starbuck is the first mate of the Pequod. Queequeg, Tashtego, and Daggoo are the three harpooners. The story begins with Ishmael becoming restless....   [tags: essays research papers] 1693 words
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Moby Dick-Structure And Form - Moby Dick's structure is in a sense one of the simplest of all literary structures-the story of a journey. Its 135 chapters and epilogue describe how Ishmael leaves Manhattan for Captain Ahab's whaling ship, the Pequod, how Ahab pilots the Pequod from Nantucket to the Pacific in search of Moby Dick, and how in the end Ishmael alone survives the journey. This simple but powerful structure is what keeps us reading, as we ask ouselves, "Where will Ahab seek out his enemy next. What will happen when he gets there?" Some critics have divided the book into sections, like acts in a play....   [tags: essays research papers] 415 words
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Exploring the Self-Destructive Potential of Humanity - Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Herman Melville's Moby Dick, two separate and radically different compositions that both explore the self-destructive potential of humanity. Moby Dick, set in the New England region of North America during the mid to late 1800s, tells the story of Captain Ahab's quest on the whaling ship, The Pequod, to slay the white whale that crippled him on his last voyage. Throughout their trek the crew are faced with many warnings to turn back, ultimately Ahab must make the decision between saving multiple lives, and exacting his revenge....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1334 words
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The Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji - The killing of the 20,000 Bottlenose dolphin in the Pacific Ocean in Taiji Cove, Japan is devastating and these killings are becoming an epidemic because the multi-million dollar a year aquariums and marine parks like SeaWorld are the main clients making demands for show dolphins. In the documentary The Cove,1 Richard O’Barry stated that “the aquariums request the best looking dolphins and for the other dolphins they are killed for their meat.” Although these dolphins are being killed the other few which hard to produce an approximate amount are kept alive for profit and are sold to Marine parks....   [tags: The Cove]
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Endangered Species Protection - ... About 90 countries are part are part of the IWC. In some cases the nations have different laws depending on the nation. For instance in 1971 the U.S. declared all commercially exploited whales endangered species and made it illegal to import any whale products. Nations that are members of the IWC agree to follow the IWA. The IWA stands for the International Whaling Agreement. The IWA is the IWC’s commission's founding agreement. The agreement forbids the hunting of certain whales like the blue, bowhead, finback, gray, humpback, right, sei, and sperm whales that the U.S....   [tags: Animals, Conservation]
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Saving the Dolphins - What drives a person to commit a moral turpitude such as capturing or killing an innocent creature, just because you can make a little money for doing it. That is something that many have been trying to understand since the issue of the slaughtering of dolphins in Taiji, Japan and other places around the world, has arisen. The “hunt” has been a Japanese tradition since the mid 1600’s. Over the years, they have “improved” their techniques and tools used in the slaughtering process. The issue has raised a lot of awareness throughout the world, and many countries have banned the practice of the slaughtering because of Japan’s display of animal cruelty....   [tags: Slaughtering, Animal Cruelty, Dolphins]
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The Growth of Portuguese Immigrants and their ensuing importance in America Society - ... Opportunities arose for the Portuguese such as the plantation jobs, which appeared, on Hawaii . Every chance that there was for a better life, they took it whether it was working on a plantation or voyaging out onto the open ocean hunting for whales . As time progressed, the Portuguese began to modernize themselves like most immigrant races by melding into white American culture. They began to attend higher levels of education and then occupy better paying jobs, therefore progressing the expectations of the Portuguese....   [tags: American history, Portuguese History]
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Primitive Beginnings in Herman Melville's Moby Dick - Primitive Beginnings in Herman Melville's Moby Dick       Among the numerous themes and ideas that author Herman Melville expresses in Moby Dick, one of the less examined is the superiority of the primitive man to the modern man. As an undertone running through the entire book, one can see in Moby Dick the same admiration of the "noble savage" that is so prevalent in Melville's earlier tales of the simple and idyllic life of the cannibals, even though the focus has been shifted to the dangers of seeing things from only one point of view and to the struggle between good and evil....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]
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Moby Dick or White Whale - Ishmael, the narrator, announces his intent to ship aboard a whaling vessel. He has made several voyages as a sailor but none as a whaler. He travels to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he stays in a whalers’ inn. Since the inn is rather full, he has to share a bed with a harpooner from the South Pacific named Queequeg. At first repulsed by Queequeg’s strange habits and shocking appearance, Ishmael eventually comes to appreciate the man’s generosity and kind spirit, and the two decide to seek work on a whaling vessel together....   [tags: essays research papers] 1047 words
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Captain Ahab of Moby Dick - Captain Ahab of Moby Dick Captain Ahab in the novel Moby Dick is quite a character. He is the Captain of the whaling ship the Pequod and is out on a voyage to kill the great white whale named Moby Dick. Throughout his journey on sea, Ahab maintains focus on one thing, and only one thing, killing Moby Dick. It comes to show throughout the story that a close-minded man is blind to his surroundings. On a whaling mission before, Ahab's leg was bitten off by the white whale, and ever since then, Ahab has focused only on the revenge he will get when he kills the whale....   [tags: essays papers] 439 words
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Comparing Religious Archetypes in Moby Dick, Billy Budd, and Bartleby the Scrivener - Religious Archetypes in Moby Dick, Billy Budd, and Bartleby the Scrivener       Herman Melville's use of Biblical overtones gives extra dimensions to his works.  Themes in his stories parallel those in the Bible to teach about good and evil.  Melville emphasizes his characters' qualities by drawing allusions, and in doing so makes them appear larger than life.  In the same way that the Bible teaches lessons about life, Herman Melville's stories teach lessons about the light and dark sides of human nature.  He places his readers in situations that force them to identify with right or wrong choices.  In Moby Dick, Billy Budd, and "Bartleby the Scrivener," Melville encourages his readers to...   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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