Our Ecological and Environmental Concerns
Our tours are educational and our "Sail with the Whales" tour captures the essence of being quiet and non intrusive or invasive on the water.
Marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life are being impacted daily by an ever increasing number of vessels travelling the same waters as they at ever increasing speeds. The speed and size of boats/ships vary, as do the propeller sounds that are being emitted under and above the surface of the water.
BIRDS in particular are impacted greatly by high speed craft and often do not have a chance to take flight. The North Island whale watching community was greatly alarmed when the male orca A60, was observed in 2003 to have extensive propeller markings down the right side of his body. We will never know the extent of the damage caused or the pain suffered by him, but we do know that the cause was the result of a boat propeller, and likely inflicted at high speed. The sight of those propeller markings on A60 have made an indelible imprint in the minds of many of us in the community and has changed forever any naive thinking, regarding human impact on marine life.
EVERY vessel on the water, including kayaks, impact marine wildlife. A growing awareness and education within the local whale watch community makes for better and more responsible wildlife viewing; where viewing of all marine life, including sea birds, is carried out with great care and sensitivity, with respect to the needs of the marine mammals and birds who inhabit these coastal waters.
In their habitat, Marine mammals and seabirds require quietness and space to move at their own pace. A need for SPACE requires less boat speed and greater distancing from birds and marine mammals, it also requires a shift from acceleration into neutral or slow idle when nearing marine life and a change of direction away from birds and marine mammals who are resting on the surface of the water.
The RESTING and FEEDING/FORAGING behaviour of marine mammals and seabirds can be severely impacted by mariners and kayakers who do not recognize the significance of this behaviour and move too close or continue to proceed forward, frequently disrupting and disturbing resting lines of orcas or flocks of birds by their irresponsible and selfish actions.
The Impact of Human Garbage
The amount of human garbage found floating on the ocean and washed up on beaches is growing at an alarming rate. Garbage left on beaches on one continent can now be found on another having travelled thousands of miles in currents.
Plastics (bottles, bags, straws and 6 pack rings, assorted containers), aluminum cans, cigarette butts, tampons, polystyrene food and drink containers, fishing tackle/nylon line and assorted rope are but a few of the more common items found strewn along beaches throughout the world; these same items are being swallowed by numerous species of cetaceans and seabirds. Biopsies have shown a single shark to have ingested several aluminum pop cans, plastic bags and bottles. Fatalities and agonizing suffering before death, occur daily in the worlds oceans when cetaceans and seabirds become entangled in plastics, nylon fishing lines, nets and ropes and caught in the midst of oil spills.
We are all connected
We can never separate ourselves from one another, we are all connected. Caring for each other and the planet is, therefore, inseparable from caring for ourselves.
The simple act of doing some small deed in caring for ourselves, our planet earth and all creatures great and small on a daily basis, no matter how small the act might be, will bring more kindness, goodness, joy, beauty and love into the world.