GIANT SCULPTURE - Not a humpback whale, but magnificent nevertheless - on display in Paris on the banks of the River Seine for the climate talks in December 2015, this is the giant metal sculpture of 'Bluebelle,' a whale caught in the South Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
PARIS DECEMBER 7 2014
A life-size installation of a giant
blue whale has been erected on the Left Bank of the Seine, intended as a reminder to negotiators at the international climate conference here that the fate of threatened species is also in their hands.
CONTACT THE IWC
International Whaling Commission
FISHING NETS - A 10-metre humpback whale tangled in a shark net off Main Beach on the Gold Coast. A Sea World rescue team, along with the DPI Boating and Fisheries Patrol, spent three hours cutting the sub adult female whale free from shark nets in rough seas. Another whale was freed from the nets today.
FISHING NETS - How would you like this tied around you neck when you are swimming in the sea gasping for breath.
FISHING NETS - Whales routinely get caught up in fishing and lines that man has put into the ocean, without any penalty for endangering marine life.
NETS - Ref: SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec 14, 2005, a 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 and a line in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.
UN BANS JAPAN FROM ANTARCTIC WHALING - MARCH 2014
UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling program in the
Antarctic. It finally agreed with
Australia, which had presented the case in May 2010. Australia’s case claimed that the Japanese whaling program was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo, arguing that the program was commercial whaling in disguise. A score of other countries have condemned Japan for the practice, yet it took 4 years for UN’s ICJ to pass its verdict.
The meat from the slaughtered whales is sold commercially in Japan. Japan has clashed repeatedly with Australia and some other western countries, which strongly oppose whaling on conservation grounds. Japan has argues that Minke whales and a number of other species are plentiful and that its whaling activities are sustainable. A spokesman for Greenpeace UK, Willie MacKenzie, welcomed the ICJ's decision. "The myth that this hunt was in any way scientific can now be dismissed once and for all," he said. No doubt the Sea Shepard organization will also be relieved at the decision, since their ships have been clashing with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean for a decade, and have even had one of its support ships rammed by a Japanese whaler. It remains to be seen if the Japanese government will enforce the ICJ verdict.
Humpback whales are among the most intelligent of creatures, hunted illegally by certain countries to near extinction, they inspired Jameson Hunter to pen his story about one whale and an adventurer that were bound together on a course with destiny. Sydney harbour is the location for chapter 4 (order may be subject to editorial revision).
Chapter 4 - Sydney Australia 330 S, 1510 E
(extract from: The $Billion Dollar Whale by Jameson Hunter) © 2014
Forty billion years ago Antarctica divided to form a new continent named
Australasia, of which the biggest land mass, Australia,
is a rugged and dusty land with diverse cultures and intriguing,
specialised, marsupial animals not found on other continents. This fact
once again reinforces Darwin’s principles of evolution by natural
selection, in that life adapts to overcome specific geographical
challenges. The kangaroo is one such prime example, so too the nomadic
lifestyle of the native Aborigines.
The famous British explorer Captain James Cook changed all that for good when he charted this extraordinary landmass during his epic cartographic voyage in 1771, after which emigrants came from all over the world to exploit and develop the continent irreversibly.
Lord Sydney renamed Port Jackson to
‘Sydney’ in 1788 to found the city that became the state capital of
the New South Wales territory, from the first British penal colony. The
natural harbour is famous for the dramatic swooping layered roof of the Sydney
Opera House resembling sea-shells, or glistening white upturned boat hulls
and the steel bridge nicknamed the ‘Coat-Hanger.’ Sydney is also the
financial and industrial hub of this region and home to the offices of
‘Franks, Swindles and Gentry’, a long established firm of solicitors,
well known in the city for handling high level legal cases.
was a hot summer, two years ago when John Storm arrived late as usual, at
these offices in downtown Sydney, for the reading of his uncle’s last
will and testament. Gliding through two automatic glass doors into the
reception area, a well-presented receptionist caught his attention and
motioned silently to the next-door down on the right and smiled. John
smiled back and let himself in carefully without knocking. The
receptionist had obviously been primed to direct the gathering.
Uncharacteristically, John was sporting a blue blazer and tie, chinos and dark brown brogues. The door opening created a sudden inrush of air demanding attention as the relatives gathered in the room turned to acknowledge the late arrival, apparently recognising him after years of little or no contact. He blended into the background as best he could and prepared himself to listen. Everyone was formally dressed in dark clothes. A well-spoken suited man sitting behind an impressive wooden desk, said in a stout English accent:
you could join us. Make yourself comfortable John,” intending for John
to sit in one of the sumptuous padded leather seats lining the rear office
said John nodding to his host. But he preferred to remain standing in
strange situations. As the minutes turned into an hour, he started to
think on the snug looking seats as an attractive proposition, but
stubbornly stood by his first choice.
members of his family - aunties, nieces and cousins, each received
substantial cash sums, as George Franks read from a list of names
methodically from behind his desk. On hearing of their good fortune the
person being named smiled appreciatively, with varying degrees of
animation, as others in the group softly murmured approval, trying to mask
their delight in being remembered ahead of their cousin. Close friends
were left mementos, while the remainder of the estate went to various
research charities and it was beginning to dawn on those in the room that
John would be left very little. John grinned inwardly; this was just like
his uncle. He’d always been taught to fend for himself – to be self
reliant. This must be the final lesson.
the reading concluded, the room emptied slowly, everyone shaking hands and
exchanging polite cheek kisses. George Franks got up from his desk and
shook hands with everyone as they filed past him toward the door like a
vicar after morning service. As John turned to leave the by now empty
chambers, George, the most senior partner in this most respected law firm,
and trusted to handle his uncle’s affairs called out.
directed John to the desk with an authorative hand gesture. He was the
kind of man who you immediately felt at ease with. Not because of his
impressive chambers, height, and immaculate dress sense, but because of
his relaxed Churchillian facial features, fine rimmed gold spectacles and
neatly trimmed moustache. George had the ability to slow time down just by
engaging you with his intense blue eyes, all together demanding the utmost
respect and attention lest you missed just one of his carefully considered
all that George looked like a regular lawyer. If he hadn’t engaged you
orally, you’d probably not have given him more than a passing thought
for the considerate gentleman that he was. Once engaged, you could not
help notice that everything about his appearance was faultless. He was
wearing a dark pin-stripped suit exquisitely cut from the most expensive
wool blend. George stretched out his hand and as John got closer to shake
it, he noticed that the solicitor’s handkerchief was folded to a perfect
pinnacle. On shaking George’s hand firmly and unhurriedly, John smelled
a combination of exotic spices that he could not quite place, but wanted
to sample more. The handshake lasted just that bit longer as the two men
finally considered each other. They had spoken on the telephone before,
but they’d never met face-to-face or discussed anything of consequence.
could see that John was all that he’d been led to believe. He’d heard
about the lad’s wreck diving exploits searching for treasure trove from
his uncle, and read about him rock climbing at difficult archaeological
sites and just for the hell of it. From his deportment it was obvious that
John could handle himself in a tough spot, but he had a ready smile and
preferred negotiation to physical contact. George could not help but
admire John’s rugged good looks and military-cut dark brown hair. He
knew that John walked unpredictably on the wild side. He’d heard that
John had once dropped everything to join an expedition looking for
anthropological relics, about which he was thought to be developing
them both back to the room, George pulled out a faded tan envelope from
his left desk drawer and held it up, which John stared at for a few
moments, then looked quizzically at the older man.
is for you. It’s sealed.”
was like a scene from a Bond movie, where ‘M’ hands 007 a dossier on a
suspect. Somewhat reluctantly, John leaned over the desk for a rather
exquisite paper knife, which he carefully slid under the larger end flap
and cut open. The envelope was very high quality velum and rather tough.
Inside were two sheets of paper, which he removed. One sheet was a
personal letter, the other some instructions and an address. The letter
John my boy,
I’m passing this to you hoping
you might appreciate the concept. The
family are trusting you to use it in the spirit intended.
Modify her as you see fit. I
didn’t have time to put her to good use.
this all about?” said John looking to George.
“Well, I’m not entirely sure,” said George, “but if you don’t want whatever it is, it’s to go to the new department of light particle research at CERN in Genève, Switzerland. There are some keys to go with the instructions. Do you want them?”
for a few moments, John was trying to decide whether he needed yet more
hassle in his life, but then, no pain – no gain.
I decide to check it out, I can always come back?”
course,” said the older man. “If he’s expecting too much, your uncle
grimaced. Expecting too much,
that sounded like responsibility – he’d spent his life avoiding that.
stretched out his hand to meet that of George Franks again as if he’d
decided to shake goodbye and refuse the invitation. George responded.
by the by, if you need us for anything, we’re here to assist you. I
really must emphasize – anything! But, only if you decide to take the
carefully took a key from his right waistcoat pocket and inserted into the
lock of his desk’s centre drawer.
said John mystified, watching George slide the draw open and pull out a
slim black leather notebook.
a very broad compass.
Just where are the boundaries?” George responded eagerly,
for me to decide in the field, as it were.”
opened the notebook and removed two nicely machined brass keys that were
taped to the inside cover. This was getting more intriguing by the minute.
Just as John went to fire off a barrage of questions, George interrupted.
I know this is all rather irregular, so could I suggest that you look at
the lay of the land, then perhaps give me a call to frame your
questions.” He said this holding up the keys by way of a calculated
John couldn’t argue with that, and knew from the tone of voice, that he’d have to see what it was for himself or decline the offer. He’d have to take the keys.
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Jameson Hunter, invites scriptwriters to use the Kulo Luna story as the basis for script submissions. Please email growth @ blue-growth.org for confirmation of permission to use the names and characters in the novel and to register your interest. Thank you in advance for supporting our ocean awareness campaigns.
SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP - Accepting entries until January 15th 2014
The 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives. This is not merely a script contest; it is a chance to enter an intensive program meant to foster relationships between emerging screenwriters and industry professionals. With this first-annual fellowship, we aim to cultivate a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry mentors. Since it is our first fellowship, we anticipate a relatively modest number of entries, so enter with your best script and you could be one of our winners!
ScreenCraft is an official sponsor of the 66th Annual Writer’s Guild of America Awards in New York, and we’ll be giving our fellowship winners each a ticket to the WGA Awards at the Edison Ballroom in NYC on February 1st!
* Up to four winners (TV and/or Film) will receive a year of consultation and development, followed by $1,000 stipend and round-trip travel to Los Angeles* to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals.
* Consultation with Jen Grisanti, acclaimed Story Consultant, International Speaker, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of many books. Jen’s clients have sold dozens of pilots and two have gone to series. She has helped several writers sign with top agencies and she has helped over 40 writers get staffed on shows.
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Meeting with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm)
*Round trip flight is covered up to $1,000. In the event that the winner is local to southern California, winner will receive $500 travel stipend. In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype. All travel details will be coordinated with the fellowship recipients’ schedules, as much as reasonably possible.
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Applications will be evaluated based on overall craft, including story, voice, originality, characterization, structure and dialogue. The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft, will include producer Don Handfield and consultant Jen Grisanti, as well as creative executives from MGM and Lionsgate.
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Humpback whales and many other species regularly get caught up in discarded fishing nets
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LINKS & REFERENCE
FISH - Not a whale at all, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) or
more. They have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most
sea-dwellers - and humans - their favorite meal is plankton. They scoop these tiny plants and animals up, along with any small fish that happen to be around, with their colossal gaping mouths while swimming close to the water's surface.
Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to hitch a ride. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species; however, they continue to be hunted in parts of Asia, such as the Philippines.
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