Repost from the talented and passionate @paulnicklen ・・・
In a lifetime beneath the waves, there have been a handful of moments that are truly indescribable. Perhaps the most memorable was when an 80 foot-long blue whale approached me off the coast of the Azores while on assignment for @Sea_Legacy. The encounter left me feeling humbled and with a deep sense of gratitude. Now, when I contrast that feeling and experience with the emotion I felt after finding out that Iceland just illegally killed a blue whale off the coast, I am driven to act. Blue whales were abundant until the beginning of the twentieth century when they were hunted to near extinction by whalers. Since 1966, under the protection of the international community, their numbers have slowly risen, but they are still endangered. This unsanctioned kill was part of the 2018 slaughter of 191 fin whales, also endangered, which has been approved by the Icelandic government. I'm enraged to think that these hunters might have butchered the very same blue whale that graced me with a quick glimpse of its majestic fluke in the Azores. We are launching a major campaign to shut down this archaic, barbaric and pointless slaughter. Very soon, I will be reaching out to you with a call to action; I hope you will lend me your voice! #StopIcelandWhaling
This photographic work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018.