Posted by: Barbara Napoles | April 29, 2014

Surgeon General Warning!

Surgeon Generals WarningThe Surgeon General should put a warning sign on Facebook. WARNING! FACEBOOK MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR LIFE!
1. Relations: Facebook can hurt, mend or break relationships. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loose_lips_sink_shipsLoose Lips sinks ships.
2. Blood pressure: Your blood pressure may skyrocket due to morons posting like idiots.
3. Drama: Being removed as a “friend” should be taken as a blessing, there will be no more drama. Even if its family.
4. Bonds will be made… they may be stronger than blood ties.

5. Filters: there are filters for everything and every possibility in Facebook.  Use them and make your own category: friends that you want close, acquaintances that you may keep close or farther than arms length. Of course, the HATERS! Keep those closer. Refer to #2. Use the filters and avoid getting games requests. Here is a cover image for you to use:

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6. Security: Posting pictures of your whole house on FACEBOOK! Really? Come on now? Invite your friends over, show them your new color of wall paint in person and share a glass of vino. (If you want something kept on the down low, don’t post it on Facebook! )

Life is serious and so very short, have fun on FACEBOOK its up to you to make it your own happy place.

 

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | April 6, 2014

Fourteen years since you’ve been gone.

Holly with phone

There should be a phone in  heaven  so that we could talk. I’d be happy with once every 5 years. To tell you how much I love you and that I am hanging on. Its been a tough few days fighting my way out of the depths of sadness.

You would think that it would get easier, try to convince myself it does, otherwise how could anyone survive this world you left behind?

You will be eternally young, there will be no newer pictures of you to share with anyone, just these that I have. No Bridal pictures, grandchildren or first moments that you in your young lifetime were still to make.

Never to hear your voice again calling me, Mom. No more holidays, birthdays, major life events, disagreements or arguments. Just the memory of your beauty, your spunk and strength.

Another year gone by… without you once again.

Love,

Mom

 

 

English translation:
But I Miss You

I miss you,
Like one misses
the starless nights
Like one misses a beautiful morning
Not to be with you, dear God,
how it does me harm.

I miss you.
When I walk, when I cry, when I laugh
When the sun shines,
and when it’s cold outside
All because I feel that
you are something all my own

I miss you.
Like the trees miss autumn
Those are the nights
that I can’t find sleep
My love you cannot imagine,
How much I miss you.

I miss you
In every lonely step I take
Everyday that
I am alive
I’m dying my love
Because I miss you

I miss you
When the aurora
commences to give off its colors
In your virtues and with your flaws
For whatever reason my love,
I don’t know,
But I miss you.

I miss you.
Like the trees miss autumn
Those are the nights
that I can’t find sleep
My love you cannot imagine,
How much I miss you.

I miss you
In every lonely step I take
Everyday that
I am alive
I’m dying my love
Because I miss you

I miss you
When the aurora
commences to give off its colors
In your virtues and with your flaws
For whatever reason my love,
I don’t know,
But I miss you.

Writer: MANZANERO CANCHE, ARMANDO
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | March 7, 2014

Bindi does SeaWorld~

Bindi Irwin New SeaWorld AmbassadorThe news that Bindi Irwin, daughter of Australian conservationist and zoo operator in Australia has become SeaWorld’s Youth Ambassador should not come as a surprise.

SeaWorld continues to struggles after the controversial documentary Blackfish (this link has Spanish subtitles) came out on TV via CNN and is now also available in Netflix.

Stock Market prices NASDAQ SEAS (SeaWorld’s) stocks, their value dropping  at an alarming rate after  the release of Blackfish, they were in desperate need for new spokesperson, to bring the young children back to SeaWorld but none other than Bindi Irwin.

Jack Hanna was really boring, old and scary and not as young as a matter of fact Bindi Irwin, she is 15 years old, and will 16 in July. She has that  Hannah Montana look. Kids will start to drink the captivity “kool-aid” under the guise of conservation which by the way its the new way that the captive industry spins their efforts.

Oh, and we know how things are  going with Miley Cyrus as she continues to spin herself by twerking now that she is in her 20’s.

Its no surprise, as this little girl has always been in the lime-light. At the age of 8 Bindi Irwin even had her own toy line and a doll with her exact likeness. A TV show named  “Bindi Irwin – The Jungle Girl”.  

Continuing the legacy of her father  Steve Irwin also known as   “The Crocodile Hunter”  her mother, Terry Irwin has signed, sealed and delivered her off and  partnered up with SeaWorld’s ” Generation Nation’ .- A Seaworld kid’s program.

He fought back stating that people think that what he did dangling with little Robert. WE all remember this publicity stunt.

Hello.. Earth to Steve, you are no longer with us for doing crazy stunts like this!!

Last year it was reported that Bindi, Bob and Terry Irwin were seen at the Mirage’s Secret Garden wherein they keep captive dolphins.

Bindi Irwin and family at the Secret Garden’s Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage .

Seven years ago we learned of Steve Irwin’s passing. He was filming for his upcoming new show. We seem to have found what appears to be “the” video clip from that eventful day. You can watch it here. Soon after his death thousands of clips and hoaxes were posted in social media. This one may also be one of those?

Here is Terry Irwin first interview after his death:

Its also unfortunate that  Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has a ship named after him the Steve Irwin. Owner of the Australia Zoo. On December 5, 2007 Terry Irwin granted  Sea Shepherd the permission to use his name. On this auspicious day she said:

“Whales have always been in Steve’s heart and in 2006 he was investigating the possibility of joining the Sea Shepherd on part of its journey to defend these beautiful animals,” Terri said.

(This writer wonders how much money did the Irwin’s received?  Bindi® was doing just great on her own.)

The Bindi Family is getting slammed by everyone even PETA has made a statement. This is SeaWorld’s way to create outrage and send all into a head-spin. SeaWorld’s publicity machine is just winding up folks. Calm down and don’t spin this.

Seaworld’s publicity machine is winding up just as legislation to stop using orcas for display comes into play. Only the future can tell what this means for Bindi.

Tomorrow, March 7, 2014 at 12pm (PST) Big Legislative announcement, captivity related. Legislation to outlaw killer whales in entertainment!

Sta monica pier  This is like playing a great game of chess. Your turn SeaWorld… CHECK!

#Blackfish – This may your last stand… CHECKMATE Please make sure you go and vote in this important poll!

Update: March 7th, 2014, Capt. Paul Watson has issued his own press release and you can read it here.

Commentary by her grandfather Bob Irwin can be read here.

Please send a big thank you and support Assemblyman Richard Bloom and his constituents. Send your “Thank You’s” here.

Copy of the proposed Legislation can be read here.

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | February 22, 2014

Activist Lesson #101- How to spot a “captive” dolphin image

You can hate me for speaking up for dolphins but I will not stand by and allow anyone to promote an image of a child kissing a dolphin.

Then I realized well what if that person did not know how to spot the difference between a captive and a wild dolphin?

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That image above is a trained, captive dolphin. NO WILD DOLPHIN COMES AND KISSES YOUR LIPS in the shallows. This is a swim with captive dolphins program. I think I have an idea which captive facility this was at but this is not about the exact location where it was taken but by the portrayal of the image.

By your sharing captive images, you are putting the idea in the public’s head that this is a natural thing and its also a subliminal message that its OK to visit marine parks.  The vicious circle continues.  By not sharing captive image you are not only stopping the killings in Taiji but also stopping the demand and importation of dolphins to foreign countries. This is why more swim with programs and Dolphinariums are popping up in the Caribbean. Cruise ship sell these packages to unsuspecting tourist. They purchase and do it because they saw it being promoted in Facebook and it was a great thing to do.

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Captive dolphins 

Take a little time and do your research and look for the origin of the picture. There are many photographers selling their images, some will even allow you to share it if you just keep the copyright on the image.

Case in point. Do the research. You can now research images using “Google Search Images. Take the image and loaded to Google. You will find the origin with the original copyright. Then Google that person’s name and continue until you know for sure that is not a captive dolphin. Research, Research Research!

The captive dolphins image above was taken by Augusto Leandro Stanzani .
When you then Google his name you will find all the captive dolphin images. Familiarize yourself with always checking the origin. This photographer all took images of a dolphin giving birth in Oltremare another captive facility.

Captive dolphins suffer in marine theme parks or dolphinariums. We know that they are plucked from their natural environment to be placed in a concrete pool to perform for the masses day after day. Once the show is over you, the audience, gets to go home to your family. These poor sentient creatures cannot and will stay there in semi-salted, chlorinated pools to live out their days.

Same goes for swim with dolphins programs. Yes, they get to live and swim in the sea pen. They too look through the cage netting and see and hear what we cannot hear. Maybe a wild pod of dolphins comes by or near by, and the captive cannot leave to be with them.

When the tourists arrive at their sea pens, they are forced to pulled them around the pool while the paying customer hang on to their dorsal fin. Ever see a captive dolphin in a swim with program dorsal fin?

 This is call a "dorsal fin pull around the dolphin habitat".


This is call a “dorsal fin pull around the dolphin habitat”.

This is call a “dorsal fin pull around the dolphin habitat”. The dorsal fin, located on the top (dorsal side) of the animal, is filled with a fibrous connective tissue. It serves to keep the animal upright (similar to a ship’s keel) and prevents “roll”. Also it has a thermo-regulation (body temperature adjustment) function. As the dolphin is warm-blooded it must maintain a body temperature of 97-99 degrees F. Should the animal become overheated, the dorsal fin serves to release excess body heat to the environment.

Can you see the curvature on the dorsal fin? Imagine all the people they pull along 3-4 shows a day. Its not only children but adults of all different sizes.

That is also a tell-tale sign of a dolphin in captivity.  Stay tune for next lesson.

Open your minds, be a responsible activist, be aware of what you are sharing and trying to teach the public. STOP PROMOTING CAPTIVITY!

Stay tune for next lesson. ~Dolphinelle

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | February 21, 2014

A satirical look at self-promotion

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Lolita protest in November for SBS “Dateline” Australia

Lately I have been accused of “self-promoting.  Well, I’ve taken pen to paper and decided to find out what really is self-promotion by using Google and doing some research  and  some from my own experiences.

Usually I don’t like to brag about my accomplishments. Yes there are videos of what I have done. So I do it to leave a mark in this world and why not? A legacy for my grandchildren. And show the masses that it is real easy to make a difference in the world. To speak up for the voiceless animals, for those that are maimed, hunted and/or abused. If this is self-promotion.- so be it!

I really think there are better things to do, go for a long walk on a beach, having a picnic and listening to the waves as they crash on the shore while I sip on some tropical fruity drink. Things were much simpler when I lived on my sailboat but now I am on land.

At my age I should be enjoying the outdoors without a care of world, hanging out with my grandkids though they live far away. Going window shopping (is there still such a thing?) and just enjoying life. Gardening and having tea with my friends.

But how can I? When I know there are animals suffering around the world, our oceans are being destroyed someone needs to speak up. I have become active within the world then I am an activist.

Which to others it means, I am choosing… Self-promotion!

A day in the life of an activist

My day begins with trying to get to the computer as soon as I possibly can After I have had a shot of Cuban coffee to wake this brain up and immediately put up the weather for the coast of Taiji, Japan.  This very important piece of information will let everyone know whether the banger boats will go hunting that day.

Then, search the World Wide Web for dolphin news. Most of the news is about abuse and dead dolphins washing up on the shoreline of faraway lands. You hope to find some good news to report back but all you see is sadness, death and carnage.

Once this is done, it’s time to go back into my “real” world and try to accomplish household chores, cleaning, paying bills and cooking. Oh and let’s not forget laundry, Banking, bathing our dogs, the bird and grocery shopping because Activists need toilet paper too.  Sometimes you need to also put gas in the car too. You have a lead time of 4 hours to get all of this done.

By then it’s time to come back on the computer and wait on word from the activists in Taiji, the boots on the ground, that will sound the alarm via tweets and posts on Facebook that the banger boats will be going out to hunt.

From September to March they usually go out on a daily basis weather permitting. On bad weather days we rejoice and get to do other self-promoting tasks as putting a demonstration event together in different cities in South Florida. More on this a bit later..

While we wait for the banger boats to go out, we, my team, yes I have a team of 6 people that help in my so called “self-promotion”quest.  Self-promotion requires a team.

We search for images ready for a blue cove or a red cove. We also work on tweets for upcoming tweet storms and other things that we are planning to bring awareness of the plight of the dolphins, not only in Taiji but also around the world. We throw in a dash of maybe doing a tweet storm about culling sharks, giraffes being killing in Denmark, culling of pilot whales in the Faeroe Island. Meanwhile we are glued to the computer screen, multi-tasking, heaven forbid we miss a tweet. Once word comes in that the hunters have brought a dolphin pod to the shallows of the cove, we stay up to the wee hours of the morning reporting in a blow by blow commentary with screen-prints from live streams being sent out by our boots on the ground.

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Self-promotion is really very hard work. We may catch a few hours of sleep and then we will start doing this all over again the next day. But, you have all the added “to do” things you didn’t accomplish the day before. We live this way for approximately 6 months out of the year!

Attending  and initializing events:

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The art of making an event is real easy on Facebook just go to events and create one. Now the hard part is getting people to attend and to support your cause. Shameless self-promoting of you at demonstrations takes years of knowledge of self-promoting. I will not write and divulge any of my secrets to having a great protest because then I would give those that accuse me of self-promotion a heads up on self-promotion. But I will give you one clue, you have to be on line every day and work very hard on a cause you believe in and luck lots of luck.

You also need an entourage! Working on getting one myself!

Attending events is another way of self-promotion, if you want to be known you have to be present at demonstrations. Being a “keyboard” activist just doesn’t cut it. Your public needs to see you in the trenches getting mud on your boots.  You need to be viewed out there holding signs and speaking up about the cause you believe in.

It also helps to also add a bit of human rights cause, passerby will tell you what about the starving children if you are in a demo that is about animals. They will also tell you to get a job. Even if you are retired!

Now you also have to be very careful of counter attacks. Depending on which cause you are standing up for. Human rights and Occupy movements may get you arrested. This is one cause that I rather be a keyboard activist, I do not like being arrested nor do I have the money for bail. Pick your battles wisely, it’s best to stay on the right side of the law at all times.

Animals rights also has it down side, you can get arrested and be charged with the new federal law of Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act also known as AETA. Don’t go chaining yourself up on any gate or trespassing on private property.

Making Posters and not being a poser

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Always make sure your posters are either in Black background or White. Use Black letter with white poster board and White letters with black poster board. Use short phrases. Make it to the point and concise. Don’t try writing the Bill of Rights in one small poster board. The more signs the better! (Do it your way its your self-promotion.)

Don’t be a poser holding your sign either. Stand up right, feet slightly apart and hold that sign between both arms high over the head. Make eye contact with people, that way you know they have seen what you have to say. Refer below to megaphone. Deep voices are needed when responding back to chants.

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Japanese Consulate – Miami – August 2013

Please don’t just hold the sign while making different poses or making duck lip faces to those that are taking your picture. Now that is being a poser.

 Use a megaphone

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Speaking up for orcas!

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Speaking up for dolphins.

Projecting your voice and having chants prepared for your event is essential. Make sure you gather your co-demonstrators for a little pow-wow and let them know prior to your chanting, how the chanting goes and when you say something (in a chant), what is their response. For Pete’s sake (do you know Pete?) use a megaphone. Making chants with screeches just turns people away.  Unless you know how to really project your voice or shout, screaming in high pitch voice will scare people away. USE A MEGAPHONE! Oh yeah I forgot a perk of attending events in South Florida you get a free tan or heat stroke. Keep yourself hydrated.

To Permit or Not Permit

This is the question.. Just get a permit to hold a demonstration. Go to your local police dept. get a permit to hold a demonstrations and also ask to be allowed to use a megaphone. If you don’t want to use a megaphone and make it a silent protest, then do so. Make it a peaceful one.

If you follow the rules most likely you will be treated with courtesy when the cops come out because you have made some noise with the megaphone. (wink)

Social media, burnt food and FOMO

ImageIf you are Facebook addict you know how hard it is to get away from the computer or from your cell phone. Social media contains everything you can possibly think of. From your friends photos on what they did on their last vacation, cruise or wedding. Foreign governments uprisings, riots, tsunamis and politics. New additions to their family maybe it be a bird, rat, fish, mouse, cat or dog and last but not least a new baby.

Word to the wise, don’t be on social media texting and reading while you are preparing your families dinner. Fear of missing out is a horrible disease and there is no cure for it or rehab hospitals (yet). Setting your kitchen on fire will not win you points when you share the pictures of the incident on Facebook. This is a big example of self-promotion.

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Speaking of texting, do the world a favor; Don’t text and drive and don’t check for updates while in traffic. Time does go by fast and people stuck behind you will be very pissed off due to your checking your phone and holding up traffic. Nothing is more important  But being alive is.  Selfies or rainbow pictures while you are in your car are great  but do it when you are not driving. Again sharing that you had  an accident is shameless self-promotion. We all know it was probably your fault for texting!

Once last thing, your friends do not really want to see your surgery scars or broken bones sticking out of your flesh. Facelifts or tummy tucks. Again this is one type of Self-promotion that may not get many likes on Facebook. New Tattoos images really rock! Specially dolphins and orcas, they get two thumbs up from me.

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No its not my back!

Branding vs. self promotion

Remember that anything you share on the internet and on social media is there forever in the Google search engines. If you don’t want it public forever don’t share it. Once it is posted it can never be removed.

Try to keep your own problems, dysfunctions in check. Self-promotion of a dysfunction will not make your branding. Everyone does not need to know that you live in your own little world and everyone knows you there.

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Branding or self-promoting your talents, but just don’t try to be a know it all or that you have done it all.

You are not the only one in the world attempting to do some good. Keep your arguments or discussion respectful if you can, let the “know it all” call you an idiot first. Take a screen print. These are valuable tools for your defense and proving the reputation of the offender. It helps if you know how to manipulate images or have knowledge of some kind of photoshop program and knowing video editing. Be a one person do it all. Why not? You need these tools for self-promotion!

Your branding is built on reputation, social skills, integrity-but most of all your credibility which is the hardest thing to build and that many will find time to try to destroy. Refer back to the beginning, why I have video of everything I do.

Check out my Youtube channels:

Save the Blood Dolphins: http://www.youtube.com/user/SaveBloodDolphins1/videos

NikkiesMommy2008:

Be confident.  Stand up for something you believe in. Have a platform for your campaign. Use strong, descriptive language when explaining your ideas and plan of action. Build a tight and loyal social community that believes in you, then inspire and empower them to take action.

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It’s not all about self-promotion or branding.

My final words to you my reader is, if you have a message tell it to the world. Say it loud and say it proud and if you get accused of self-promotion respond with this answer. What have you done for the world lately? Or better yet, Maybe You need me to do some self-promotion for you?

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Remember F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pithy line: “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” And I do have a lot to say!

Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Have self-confidence and toot it!

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Go ahead and toot your own horn~

 Because Self -promotion is really hard work!

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | February 2, 2014

Memoirs of a Whale Warrior Feb. 2, 2014

Las 'gorditas" also known as Minke Whales.

Las ‘gorditas” also known as Minke Whales.

“I guess the news has already arrived. So I am writing to say that I am and we are all fine. We fought as warriors and leaving everything still save for our minke. I’ll sleep after nearly 20 hours awake because the guards and confrontations. Unfortunately, we are fighting a giant and today I who lost my composure and I shed tears of rage and despair, grief and frustration to see as being so small struggle so much but still giant sometimes wins, evil has its gains and my little fat minkes without knowing what stalking innocent and have them jump in front of us and executioners ……… now where composure shakes. Hard days come and continue to fight or fall of exhaustion, this has just begun. I love them and I send kisses Cris Maria Cely”

Me imagino que las noticias ya han llegado. Por ello les escribo para decirles que estoy y estamos todos bien. Hemos luchado como guerreros y lo seguimos dejando todo por las gordas. Voy a dormir después de casi 20 horas despierta debido a las guardias y a las confrontaciones. Lamentablemente estamos peleando contra un gigante y hoy he que perdido mi compostura y he derramado lágrimas de furia y desesperación, de pena y frustración al ver como siendo tan pequeños luchamos tanto pero aún así el gigante a veces gana, el mal tiene sus ganancias y mis gordas bellas sin saber lo que les acechas saltan y gozan inocentes frente a nosotros y a los verdugos………momentos donde la compostura tiembla. Se vienen días duros y aunq caigamos de agotamiento seguiremos, esto recién ha comenzado. Les quiero y les mando besos Cris María Cely

Comentario de María Cristina Cely Cajas, tripulante Chilena/Ecuatoriana abordo del M/Y Bob Barker, sobre el ataque de los barcos balleneros ilegales japoneses a la flota de Sea Shepherd en la Antarctica, este pasado 2 de Febrero de 2014.”Hoy Febrero 2 de 2014, tras 8 días de interrupción continua por nuestra parte a las actividades ilegales de la flota asesina de ballenasjaponesa la manada de lobos acechó por horas tratando de acorralar a su presa. Los 3 barcos arponeros Yushin Maru, Yushin Maru 2 y Yushin Maru 3 atacaron de manera violenta predeterminada al Bob Barker y Steve Irwin.

Utilizaron cables de acero desde sus popas para intentar dañar nuestras hélices sin éxito alguno, y tras horas de confrontación y ataques por parte de estos barcos el Yushin Maru 3 embistió al Mv Bob Barker en el lado derecho de su proa ocasionando extensivos daños a su casco. Afortunadamemte la tripulación se encuentra bien y los daños no son graves.

La fuerza de la colisión sacudió todos los rincones del barco pero no debilitó la determinación y dedicación de los voluntarios a bordo que ahora más que nunca estamos determinados a parar a estos ampones.

Voy a dormir después de casi 20 horas despierta debido a las guardias y a las confrontaciones. Lamentablemente estamos peleando contra un gigante y hoy al término de un día largo y lleno de situaciones por demás extremas he perdido la calma por unos breves minutos al reencontrarme con la realidad de que esta batalla está lejos de encontrar su fin y he derramado lágrimas de furia y desesperación, de pena y frustración al ver como mis gordas bellas sin saber lo que les acecha saltan y gozan inocentes frente a nosotros y a sus verdugos.

Se vienen días duros y aunque caigamos de agotamiento seguiremos; porque esto recién ha comenzado. Hemos luchado como guerreros y lo seguimos dejando todo por las gorditas.

Un fuerte abrazo desde las aguas frías del mar de Ross, en donde
cientos/miles de hermosas ballenas migran para alimentarse y regocijarse en su belleza y encanto.

Cristina Cely Cajas
Directora Nacional de ALPB – Ecuador
Quartermaster/Oficial Médico/Tripulante de Cubierta del MV Bob Barker
Campaña Antártica 2013 – 2014
Operación Implacable
Guardiana de la Cala 2011

Por los Océanos!”

English Translation:
Today February 2, 2014 , after 8 days of continuous disruption by us of the illegal activities of the fleet ballenasjaponesa killer wolf pack stalked for hours trying to corral their prey. The 3 harpoon vessels Yushin Maru, Yushin Maru 2 and Yushin Maru 3 default violently attacked the Bob Barker and Steve Irwin .They used steel cables from their sterns to try to damage our propellers without success , and after hours of confrontation and attack by these vessels the Yushin Maru 3 rammed the MV Bob Barker on the right side of his head causing extensive damage to its hull . Afortunadamemte crew is good and the damage is not severe.

The force of the collision shook all over the boat but did not weaken the determination and dedication of the volunteer board that now more than ever are determined to stop these murderers.

I’ll sleep after nearly 20 hours awake because the guards and confrontations . Unfortunately, we are fighting a giant and today at the end of a long and full of situations other extreme day I lost my cool for a few minutes to reconnect with the reality that this battle is far from finding an end and I have shed tears of rage and despair , grief and frustration as beautiful as my fat without knowing what lurks innocent and have them jump in front of us and their executioners.

Hard days come and fall although depletion continue , because this has just begun. We fought as warriors and still leaving everything for the gorditas .

A big hug from the cold waters of the Ross Sea, where hundreds / thousands of beautiful whales migrate to feed and rejoice in its beauty and charm.

Cristina Cely Cajas

National Director of ALPB – Ecuador
Quartermaster / Medical Officer / Deck Crew of the MV Bob Barker
Antarctic Campaign 2013 – 2014
operation Relentless
Cove Guardian 2011For the Oceans !

Maria Cristina Cely aboard the M/V Bob Barker

Maria Cristina Cely aboard the M/V Bob Barker

Eternal candle lit for the M/V Bob Barker and the crew

Eternal candle lit for the M/V Bob Barker and the crew

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | January 31, 2014

Angels of the Sea

Carolina Snowball

White dolphins are very rare dolphins, known as albino dolphins they lack pigmentation and melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for skin color.  Sacred white animals are herald both a blessing and a warning. There have been many sightings of albino dolphins in the United States.  NOAA has a fact sheet and an alert on a albino dolphin calf which was first photographed in June 2007, at Calcasieu Lake in southwestern Louisiana.

One very famous white dolphin was Carolina Snowball  and her calf called her Sonny Boy her “por-poose”. Sonny Boy was normal color.

Carolina Snowball released into her holding tank while a young Ric O'Barry  watches.

Carolina Snowball released into her holding tank while a young Ric O’Barry watches.

She was captured after being chased for fifty-one days as she was very smart and avoided being trapped. She was captured by the Miami Seaquarium back in August 1962. One of those that was aboard that infamous boat was Richard O’Barry. Upon the news of  an albino dolphin being caught in Taiji, a phone call was placed to O’Barry who explained that he wrote about it in his book, “Behind the Dolphin Smile”. He explained how he had just started to work with the captive facility it was maybe his second or third day on the job. He sounded sad as we spoke of this tragic capture. The captain’s log and more on her story can be read HERE.

Carolina Snowball made the Miami Seaquarium famous, this writer at a young age went to visit her and found her oddity beautifully sad. She was plucked from the sea with her son, Sonny Boy. Poor Carolina didn’t live long in captivity and statues of white dolphins still now adorn the entrance to the Miami Seaquarium. After learning of her death and that of Hugo, this writer realized that we are not saving these dolphins but abusing them. I vowed never to enter that place again.

Monorail at the Miami Seaquarium

Monorail at the Miami Seaquarium

The monorail was destroyed in 1980 by Hurricane Andrew.

Ric O'Barry doing the dolphin show

Ric O’Barry doing the dolphin show

After Kathy the dolphin died in Ric’s arms that was the turning point for a pro-cap to turn anti-captivity and started to fight for dolphins to remain free and not be used for entertainment.  Ric’s latest successful release was 3 dolphins in South Korea. Korean dolphins released named Jedol, Chunsam and Sampal, have been successfully returned to the ocean after years in captivity in South Korean aquariums they have been seen integrated with a wild dolphin pod.

Please sign the petition to return Angel back to the ocean. Her chances of surviving in captivity are slim to none wherein the ocean if she is placed with a wild pod they might take her in and also protect her.

Angel has been sent to bring awareness to the cause, to show the abuse that these dolphins receive in captivity.

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | January 15, 2014

Memoirs and Letters to a Whale Warrior

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Its great to hear from our warriors out at sea who are standing up for the right of whales, risking their own lives while protecting protecting the right of whales to live in peace and harmony in a sanctuary. Not to be chased, harassed or killed for being one of the largest animal in the world and certainly not for  a so-called “research”.

Feel free to read  her story and if you are moved, please write your support for all that they are doing  by leaving a comments in this blog. I am sure she will be able to access it when she can out at sea.

Hello Barb,

We are doing well, with emotional ups and down as expected but trying to keep the spirit high and strong. Here is a piece I wrote the other day. Please tell my mom about it if you can, and if you like it you can post it, but mostly I hope my mommy likes it.

Thank you again Barb, love you.

She asked that I translate the letter from English to Spanish, her parents native tongue. (All outbound correspondence must be in English, I presume.)

“When I wrote this letter I had my parents in my mind and I tried to come with a way to explain why I have chosen this lifestyle and this fight,why I have chosen to be away from my loved human family in order to be close my non human one.

This letter is for every parent that has a child away from home and on the front lines of environmental/animals rights activism, and to my beloved parents……with all my love.

I hope you are doing well and that work is good too. We are doing good, we have had our emotional ups and downs because one day you find the whalers and then the next day you have lost them, and then the search begins again and you just wish this was over soon but it has just started so it hits you hard cause there is literally nothing else you can do.

The sweets on our days and  the beautiful creatures that come and hang out with us, while they surf the skies or the waters they also give us that extra push to keep up the fight and don’t look down. I cant understand how it is that humans have become this mass destruction machines, how can you just throw your horrific machines upon innocent defenseless beings that are only sharing this home we call earth with us? I like to call them brothers and sisters, whether they fly, run, swim or climb, whether they are big and strong or small and delicate, they have been born from the very core of mother earth just like us.

They breath and grow, they mother and cry….they suffer and rejoice on life; what else do we need to accept we are not that different to them.

Maybe we need to look into how small and insignificant we can be or we really are. We/I receive so much from our fellow earth inhabitants, and their very existence just fulfills my days and my life with beauty, inspiration and desire of justice and peace. So I guess the least we and I can do is give something back and fight for them….so here I am and this is were I want to be until my brothers and sisters can swim free and give birth to their beautiful babies without a harpoon breaking their bodies and hearts into pieces. This is just the beginning, and I am sure we will succeed.

So thank you for supporting, we are doing ok.

Love, Cris

Dear Cely,
Funny how the divine universe works, I just saw you in a video a few hours prior to receiving this email  and thought of you and Ben. Wondering if the seas were rough? How many wonderful whales you must have seen frolicking in the ocean? Hoping that your hard work would stop  the slaughter and how many had already passed.  Do you remember this day?
You always amaze me. Take care of yourself dear friend, thanks for the tears, laughter and great memories, love you too.
Onward Cely Warrior Princess!
Your friend, Barb
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Cely and other attendees suiting up for the event. Click the image to see the video.

If you like to leave Maria Cristina Cely a message of support, please place a comment. She will be given the link to this blog and hopefully she can see how much those around the world we support her efforts. Thank you.

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | December 30, 2013

Save the Blood Dolphins – 2013- A year in review

What a year 2013!

Introduction:

It’s been a wonderful and productive year for the organization Save the Blood Dolphins. Our administrative team is growing. This year has brought us many joys and some really sad moments.

First, let me introduce you to the administrative team that is the main backbone of our organization. These great passionate men and women, selflessly volunteer their valuable time not only to the plight of the captive dolphin but also for other animals that they render a voice to. Our wonderful team is comprised of different personalities and groups that believe that we can make a difference by uniting our efforts. Kudos and salutations for a job well done team STBD!

Administrative team of Save the Blood Dolphins

Administrative team of Save the Blood Dolphins

January 2013

In January, Mila DeMier traveled to Almerimar, Spain and visited with Promar/Marcos the Dolphin and presented the Promar group with a  donation and volunteered her time on behalf of our organization. Sadly on February 2, 2013, he was battered by a powerful storm, at the same time he was still battling several health issues and a few weeks after her visit, Marcos passed away.  Marcos will always be in our hearts.

Our 3rd Annual Positive Change for Taiji event took place in Miami in front of the Consulate of Japan building. The turnout was amazing.  Ric O’Barry attended and joined the chorus line of our interpretation of “Oppa Gangman- Save the Blood Dolphins Style” – Video.

February 2013

We hosted a Matinee –Cove viewing and fundraiser  for Ric O’Barry, at the Ellie Schiller Homossassa Spring and Wildlife State park.  The turnout was amazing and we received many wonderful donations and we collected $500.00 for Dolphin Project.

Matinee cove viewing at Ellie Schiller

Manatee swim

Manatee Swim -click on the image to Native Vacations, Inc.

This very important tour that we took to visit with the manatees was more than a personal thing, it  was a  true eye opening experience of the challenges happening in Crystal River including the coal burning  near such pristine water by the electrical company.

Maria Cristina Cely,  a person we admire, and despite it all she is making her dreams come true. We truly want to give this whale warrior an “Honorable Mention”. Here is the story while she was aboard the Bob Barker in the Southern Oceans sanctuary saving whales. She witnessed  a minke whale get harpooned and she later sent this message and we were very inspired to do a video in the memory of  Rosita.

March 2013

One of our administrators was present at the Screening of Blackfish, along with Ric O’Barry and Gabriella Cowperthwaite. Dolphin Project team in attendance. Dolphin Project Team at Blackfish viewing in Miami BeachKirsten Massebeau and Martyn Stewart both visited the Port of Astoria on different occasions, advocating for the release and to stop the branding of seals of the dam, bringing awareness through their images.

Port of Astoria. East End of Mooring. California and Stellar sealsKirsten Massebeau attended the Earth Day event in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Her booth and PowerPoint presentation  was a great hit, they distributed hundreds of flyers.

Dolphin image taken by Nana Takanawa. Follow Champions for Cetaceans by clicking here.

Way To Go! Champions for Cetaceans our sister page and blog!

April 2013

Mila deMier (l) Ric O’Barry and Barbara Napoles (r)

Both Mila DeMier and Barbara Napoles attended  the 2nd Annual Miami Wildlife Conservation Film Festival  to support Ric O’Barry and Leilani Munter. Ric received a wonderful award and Leilani Munter presented him with a beautiful oil painting.
We also did some beach clean up in South Beach.

May 2013

We hereby  give our great friend Susan Mabe,  a posthoumous “Honorable Mention”. Here is a little piece of movie trivia for those of you that did not know this.  Susan Mabe’s appears in “Blackfish”. I was present at Sanford when that protest took place and the film crew was videotaping. Never in my wildest dreams did we imagine that this great documentary was being filmed. You will just  have to see it for yourself won’t you? #Blackfish

Susan Mabe in Blackfish

June 2013

We visited Miami Seaquarium to checked on Lolita and her condition in June. The last time that we had seen her was immediately following the death of “Hugo” a heartbreaking moment as Lolita was alone without a companion. The visit turned out to be one of the saddest moments in my life.  Told Lolita that we have not forgotten her. We are fighting for her freedom.

Mila Demier at the Belgium demo

Mila DeMier at the Belgium Demo

June 28, 2013- Mila DeMier attends Europe’s biggest demonstration yet, “Close down all Dolphinariums in EU”. This event was also UStreamed by Mila and you can watch the Ustream of the event here.

 

August 2013

We once again joined with The Dolphin Project Team to watch Blackfish in Tampa and gave interview to Univision TV Station.

Middle image we are speaking with Univision crew about Blackfish

Blackfish Screening in Tampa

Kirsten in Portland Day of Dolphin 2013 holding the poster that Susan Mabe bequeathed her.

Protest at the Consulate of Japan in Portland, Oregon for the annual Japans Dolphins Day  2013

Japan’s Dolphins Day 2013  Harlem Shake being performed by the team.

Protest at the Consulate of Japan in Miami for the annual Day of the Dolphin 2013

Mila & Ruben DeMier

You can follow Mila DeMier and her page by clicking here

Mila de Mier visited Turmares Tarifa to check out their wild dolphins program. They are a wonderful company that cares for the well being of the dolphins. Their dolphin watch tour is great and very educational. A pioneer company in Spain. Go visit their page and like them on Facebook.

September 2013

We visited Miami for a fundraiser for Ric O’Barry at Luna Star Café.

Luna Star Cafe

TweetStorm Qatar deceit

October 2013

Demo For Lolita for Dateline Australia film crew

10/10/13 Protest at Miami Seaquarium  done for the SBS International – Dateline Australia

One of the best moments of the year, getting picked up by Dateline: Australia. Liberating Lolita : Dateline Australia

Then on October 26, 2013 we were once again at another event in front of the Miami Seaquarium.

November 2013

Isobel at Seaworld Protest

Isobel at SeaWorld Protest

Protest November 9th – SeaWorld Orlando  – 30 yrs of Tillikum’s capture.

Tweetstorm Faroes End the Grind

11/19/13  – Tweetstorm for End the Faroe Grind –

Tweetstorm against the Sochi Olympics

12/22/13 –  Protest of December 22- Boycott SeaWorld for Cash’s Birthday  video. We yelled Boycott Seaworld, Seaworld lies. Our voices were heard.  Even “The Daily Mail”  in the UK picked up the story. This has to be the best event of the year and a crowning glory for our team.

Happy Birthday Cash

Happy Birthday Cash

It was an amazing year! We’ve set the bar! We, at Save the Blood Dolphins will ring in the New Year with greater adventures and ways to help dolphins with the recent addition of Sharon and Steve, this year is even more promising than ever!

For the Dolphins, For the Whales, For the World.

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Special Thanks to our team without you and your support none of this could have happened! Thank you for your hard work

Posted by: Barbara Napoles | October 15, 2013

Clearwater Marine Aquarium starts filming Dolphin Tale 2

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If there were awards given for ordinary people that are doing amazing things, this man, Joe Corvino would certainly be receiving a Dolphin Hero Award.

You ask who is Joe Corvino? Joe Corvino is not an “animal activist” he has an accounting degree from St John’s University and  knows about the numbers and he is fighting one of the biggest and  worst deals that may go down in the City of Clearwater.

Corvino, a Water’s Edge resident who has led the opposition to the expansion of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, (CMA) says that opposition has spread to other parts of the city and other areas in the State of Florida.  He portrays Water’s Edge residents as “canaries in the coal mine”, sounding early alarms about future danger, as stated in  The Tampa Bay Times.

A deal that will ruin the citizens of Clearwater. 2 “white elephants on steroids”. Residents will have the opportunity  to vote on a referendum scheduled for a special election Nov. 5, 2013 that would allow city and aquarium officials to enter into a deal to redevelop a portion of the downtown waterfront. “The Clearwater Marine Aquarium wants to build a $160 million aquarium facility that would be able to accommodate an expected two million potential visitors to see Winter the Dolphin yearly.” As stated in  the Clearwater Patch.

Friends of Clearwater  state “The numbers don’t add up. Estimated visitors per year are all over the place. The estimates have been mentioned as 2.5 Million, then 2 Million, then 1.5 Million and then current Clearwater Mayor George Kretekos said it would be something between 750,000 and 1.5 Million per year. Note that the CMA Break/Even is estimated at 950,000 visitors per year. The Tampa Aquarium gets 600,000 visitors per year and this has been stable for years. Is there a market big enough for two large aquariums this close to each other?”

Gov. Scott gives aquarium Florida Tax dollars. With all the budget cuts in this state  this “donation” would have better served our school systems. Improving education and keeping the cost of living low for all Floridians. This movie is not helping all Floridians on the contrary only a few. This money would have benefited the budget cuts for healthcare. This is not about “Florida Families First” at all.

Now comes the real question, What happens if Winter dies? Will their new protege “Hope” the dolphin that was rescued at the same location as Winter was found, make Dolphin Tale 2 the money necessary to pay back the $160million debt?  Hope a very young calf was found trying to nurse from her dead mother. CMA rescued this young calf and now we have Dolphin Tale 2 in the making.

Many of the employees left soon after David Yates  was hired  Dana Zucker, who served as chief operating officer during Winter’s rescue but left after Yates was hired, said the CEO’s background made him focus less on education and more on “selling things.” Winter, she said, became a key to his brand.  “For those of us who brought (Winter) in when no one else wanted her, she was not a golden ticket,” Zucker said. “I wonder whether or not David Yates would be there if Winter wasn’t.”

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Hope the dolphin rescued December 2011, was never released.

Rest assure Yates goes after anyone and everyone  that opposes any of his plans. He is known for sending out Cease & Desist letters to those speak up against him.

Now lets look into history and the successes and releases of Clearwater Marine Aquarium as found in Ceta-base.com  which is intended to serve as an informational resource and database of captive dolphins and whales around the world.

Panama the dolphin dies at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on September 25, 2013.

Sharks attack released dolphin near Tampa Bay on July 28, 2009 a dolphin named Dunham after being released was attacked by Tiger and other species of sharks.

Blondie the dolphin released on May 2, 2002 this dolphin was released back into the wild. A success story for CMA.

CMA has lost their way and are no longer a Rescue, Rehab and Release facility. They have forgotten their goals and mission statement and now have their sights set on becoming as big as Seaworld. Maybe they should re-evaluate their goals as with the latest release of “Blackfish” , the documentary, SeaWorld stocks have plummeted and ticket sales are down. The documentary is due to broadcast on CNN October 24, 2013.   There are  no guarantees that these dolphins thrive in captivity.

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