I finally broke down and joined IWSG. I have been following several participants for a long time and I thought about posting before but ...I was too INSECURE. It's true!
It has been almost a year since I have been blogging and actually taking my writing seriously. When I started my blog, I really had no idea what to do with it once I got started. I want to write, but what do I write about??? This has led me into a serious identify crisis.
I have such a wide variety of interests and ideas that my struggle comes in choosing ONE and sticking to it long enough to get it down on paper. I start with one train of thought, then switch over to another. That causes a huge struggle for me to get anything accomplished.
Is there an ADD Writer's Support Group? Or a Dysfunctional Writers Support Group? These are the types of groups that I need to join! In the meantime, I am going to strive for FOCUS and continue on with IWSG.
Thanks to Alex for starting this group and thanks to the blogging community for the encouragement and inspiration every day.
With that being said, one thing I have managed to stick with so far is my Whale and Dolphin Wednesdays, so for now I will continue with that train of thought.
Last week I highlighted Ric O'Barry and the work he is doing to save dolphins in Taiji, Japan. If you missed it, check it out
The dolphin hunt in Taiji officially started on Saturday. Ric's Dolphin Project activists arrived on Friday. There are 32 people from 5 continents there to stop the dolphin slaughter in Japan. They also have 8 Japanese Nationals joining them this year, which is quite an accomplishment. The Japanese people face scrutiny from the Japanese government and the fishermen's union to take a stand against the hunt.
On September 1, groups from all over the world celebrated Dolphin Day and showed their support to stop the killing by holding rally's.
On September 2, the activists attempted to go to the Taiji Whale Museum, which is right around the corner from the cove. They were denied access to the museum. This museum houses whales/dolphins who were "saved" from killing by being forced to live a life in captivity instead. They also, ironically enough, sell whale meat in the museum gift store!
That evening Ric O'Barry arrived after being held up in court in a lawsuit after fighting the captivity of 12 Taiji dolphins to a casino/aquarium in Dominican Republic.
Yesterday the Major closed a Tsunami evacuation escape in an attempt to prevent documentation of the killing.
So far, there has been no killing in the cove this year but that is sure to change.
To sign the petition to help stop the dolphin hunt, click here
In news closer to home for me, a pod of 22 pilot whales were found stranded at Avalon State Park in Florida on Saturday. Sadly, seventeen of these whales died or had to be euthanized on the beach. Five were rescued and taken to Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation. One of these five died in captivity on Monday.
The plan is to move them to Sea World for further rehabilitation when they have stabilized, and hopefully be released in the future.
Researchers are not sure what caused the stranding. They believe that the leader of the pod became ill and disoriented causing the rest of the pod to follow suit. Whales and dolphins stick together in their pods, which can sometimes lead to their demise, not only in this situation but also in the situation at Taiji.