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Documentary—The Cove

October 5, 2009
You may have been sent links or read about the news that the documentary The Cove is generating world wide.

Please take time to go to the official activist page associated with the makers of this documentary. There is a list of things you can do and there are online petitions you can sign. You can also have a look at their Japan based blog site.

This documentary is seriously going to put Japan in the spot light for its institutionalized cruelty and hypocrisy. With a new government there may be some impetus to change things and the more pressure there is the more it will impinge upon consciousness of ordinary Japanese people.

What the Whales say—A message for All of Us

June 3, 2009 Email to CoreLight from Anna Breytenbach, animal communicator
Beloved Friends,
We felt that it was important to share this message from Anna Breytenbach, with you. It feels critical that people know this information and how pollution is affecting the whales. Included is a link to an article about this event which is only one in many such events. Also included after Anna’s message, is a brief comment from Brad with links to two related crop circles.
Leslie, Brad and Victoria

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From: Anna Breytenbach []

Dearest Friends,
I was deep in the Knysna forest tracking wild elephants when the whale tragedy at Kommetjie happened yesterday, so I rushed back to Cape Town today and have just finished a long afternoon/evening at the beach. This is a summary of what the pod of 55 whales conveyed to me after I connected with the group:

The majority of the whales were sick and dying… as a result of swimming in some sort of chemical effluent in the ocean, to the northwest of Cape waters. This invisible toxic stream affected them internally in such a way as to cause slow die-off. With that their immune systems also crashed, making them very susceptible to and ill from parasitic infections. A few of them were physically fine, having withstood this – but they weren’t going to leave their family members. So they swam ashore with the dying ones. One for all.

They beached because they wanted to die.

They chose the Cape beach so as not to have to navigate the stormy, rough seas around Cape Point in their weakened state, and because they want humans to witness (the) whales’ dying. On the bigger/planetary level too. They said “the Mother” (the ocean) is being poisoned, and so are they. It’s time humans woke up to this and witnessed the effects.

They predicted that there will be more strandings in the next moon cycle (which I found interesting given that the International Whaling Commission sits again in the last week of June apparently.)

The whales appreciate the compassion and care that people showed in trying to return them to the water, but would have wished to be given the choice, i.e. pointed out to sea/re-floated once, and then left to die in peace if and when they returned.

Humans holding vigil for them with understanding would have been far better than the forceful, violent means ultimately used.

In between the above thought forms are the emotions and soulfulness of their consciousness that cannot be expressed in words by this mere human…

With honour and reverence for all whales,
Anna Breytenbach, Animal Communicator

Crop Circles Form After Whale Beaching

Hi, all. These two crop formations, which happened within days of the whales beaching themselves, are haunting and are obviously connected to the whales:

The first crop circle is a giant jellyfish, and I just read an article the other day about mass explosions of jellyfish populations in polluted and warmer than normal ocean waters.

The Second one is obviously a tribute to our whale friends. So beautiful.

Anna, thank you so much for sharing the poignant, heart-rending message.
Leslie and I are holding the whales and the oceans in our prayers.

All love, Brad

Please note these crop circle images are now in the archives at We’ve attached a few images using the links above. However, in order to learn more or view them in full, you must sign up at their site to become a member.

Japan whalers off to hunt humpbacks: expedition chief

18th November 2007 TOKYO (AFP)
Japan’s whaling fleet set off Sunday towards the Antarctic Ocean for a hunt that will include famed humpback whales for the first time, defying Western protests that the move will inflame tensions.

Japan argues that whale populations have recovered enough to allow a managed catch, but militant environmentalists have vowed in turn to “hunt the whalers” to save the humpbacks. The six-vessel fleet took off from the western port of Shimonoseki for its five-month voyage led by the 8,044-tonne Nisshin Maru, which has been repaired since a fire that forced Japan to cut short its last Antarctic hunt. read the complete article

Humpback Whale Shares Gratitude With Her Rescuers

a whale and her rescuers

You may have read about the female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (Outside the Golden Gate Bridge off the California coast) and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her…a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around, she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

A Guide to Environmental Non-Profits

March/April 2006 Issue: How to distinguish groups doing good from ones that just sound good.
By Jonathan Stein and Michael Beckel

With so many environmental groups sporting similar names and missions, what’s an interested citizen to do? How can anyone distinguish between the “Center for Whale Research” and the “Institute for Cetacean Research”? Between “Wildlife Trust” and “The Wildlife Trusts”? “The Ocean Conservancy” and “Conserve Our Ocean Legacy”?

You can—and must. The Center for Whale Research, for instance, monitors killer whales in the Pacific Northwest, but the Institute for Cetacean Research is a front group for Japanese whaling interests. Very different. read the complete Mother Jones magazine article

Links of Interest

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
The Oceania Project—Caring for Whales Dolphins and the Oceans
Dolphin Research Center—Caring for Marine Mammals and the Environment we share
National Resources Defense Council Wildlife & Fish—Whales and Marine Mammals
World WildLife Fund—Cetaceans
Images of Double Dolphin Crop Circle by Peter Sorensen
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society who’s mission is to conserve and protect the world’s marine wilderness eco-systems and wildlife species.
Joan Ocean who is regarded as an authority on the subject of Dolphin Tel-Empathic Communication. Joan has developed the methodologies of her work, entitled Participatory Research, in which human and cetacean species are equally conducting research with each other.

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