|Not every battle with
the Beast of Terror ends up in destruction. Sometimes it creates
a feast. Two such issues are at play when it comes to
dolphins and lobsters. On the one hand, fishermen are
terrorizing dolphins daily in the sea as they use them to catch tuna,
and, on the other, attempts to catch lobster feed the growth of these
delicious creatures. In this gastronomical survey of
Terrorism and Vigilance at sea, enjoy finding out the difference
between Terrorizing Tuna and the Vigilance of Lobsters.
9, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 484
Terrorizing The Dolphins
vs. Vigilance Over The Lobsters
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 9- Dolphins
are being terrorized. But lobsters are being pampered. In
one case fishermen are the scourge of the sea, in the other, heroes
of the deep.
As we focus our Terrorism
sights on Iraq and North Korea, and other troubled spots above the sea
where humanity bears ill will against itself, it is easy to forget
that battles of both Terrorism and Vigilance are underway just below the surface of the sea.
The Womb of Existence
The sea is the womb of
all existence. From its depths came the spawn of life,
reported by Nature magazine to be about 3.85 billion years ago.
Those first organisms hallmark the long evolutionary threads of human
existence which started with Homo erectus about 1.5 million years ago
and grew into Homo sapiens about 200,000-100,000 years ago. It
all started, however, when the first amphibian crawled out on earth,
followed by the first real "air breather," the reptile whose cold
blooded nature was a reminder it had come from the sea--from the womb
of the earth.
That's why when we
study Terrorism, we can't overlook what's happening deep in the ocean,
where all life is held in reserve in case we screw up terra firma with
radioactivity or bio chemicals. Hopefully, Nature will recycle
life again if we blow it.
keeping an eye on what we do to the sea.
The first case is
are apparently "Terrorizing" dolphins. Dolphin populations
off the coasts of Mexico and Central America are struggling to
regenerate. American scientists blame the problem on using
dolphins as bait to catch tuna.
Tuna like to hang around dolphins because sharks are afraid of
dolphins. Dolphins use their long snouts to beat sharks
up, and a whole herd of dolphins can beat a shark to death by attacking it relentlessly.
Tuna, aware of their Dolphins of Vigilance, swim with the dolphins in
a symbiosis of safety.
Fishermen are wise
to the tuna shadowing their protectors, and drive dolphins with their
fishing boats to nets designed to capture the tuna but not harm the
dolphins. The problem is, according to wildlife biologists
Drs. Albert Myrick and Sarka Southern, evidence that the dolphins have
been "Terrorized" is being suppressed by the U.S. government so Mexico
and other foreign fishing boats can put "dolphin safe" labels on their
tuna cans and compete with U.S. products.
In 1997, Congress ordered
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to
determine if purse net fishing was harmful. Stress tests were
conducted on the skin of dolphins herded by fishermen and found to
exhibit high degrees of tension. Also, it was suggested
that herding the dolphins separates the cows from the calves who can't
swim as fast, reducing the population.
I thought of the old days of
the West when buffalo hunters stampeded herds into narrow canyons and
shot them dead. While the dolphins were able to escape the
nets, their chemistry was disrupted, claims Dr. Southern..
They had become Judas goats.
on deck of tuna fishing boat
The flap today is that the two
scientists are claiming the U.S. suppressed their research to allow
Mexico to get approval for "dolphin-free" labels. In
other words, they are claiming the U.S. has given "dolphin Terrorists"
visas to sell their "Terror products" in the U.S., despite evidence
linking them with "acts of dolphin evil."
The U.S. banned "dolphin
herding" a number of years ago.
I found the story interesting
because I look upon Drs. Myrick and Southern as Scientists of
Vigilance. While one may scoff at the idea of protecting
dolphins while we are shoving our bellicose bellies against the
Terrorism of North Korea and Iraq, the idea of keeping the sea safe
and productive cannot be overlooked.
Just in case human beings can't
manage life above ground, it is wise to protect Nature's sea womb.
If we have to start all over and crawl once again out of the sea after
the earth is destroyed by our homo sapien insanity, it will be good to
keep the balance "below the sea" in good working order.
dead dolphins prove most deaths are caused from tuna nets
But all the news under the sea isn't
One of the big positives noted in the
Christian Science Monitor this morning was how lobsters are thriving
despite homo sapiens efforts to "eat them out of extinction."
For years wildlife biologists
have been concerned fishermen will scrape the bottom of the ocean free
of the rich, fabulous tasting delicacy that crawls about with its
feelers twitching and uses its giant chelipeds to break open shells of
other creatures to feast upon.
Over the past three decades the
federal fisheries managers sent warnings that lobsters were being
over fished, but the lobsters have been found to be populating at
exponential rates. The lobster catch has exploded from 20
million pounds in the 70's and early 80's to around 50 million today.
University of New Hampshire zoologist
Win Watson has captured part of the reason on video tape. He
found that lobsters are much smarter than the homo sapiens trying to
catch them. They know how to get in and out of lobster
traps at will.
The lobsters have gotten so smart, they wait for
the lobster traps to descend and feast on the bait like
it was "Meals On Wheels" sent to help them gorge.
But that's not the only reason.
Fishermen, aware of the need for maintaining a stock of lobsters, throw
back egg-bearing female lobsters, and ones too small.
Prior to throwing back the "Mother Lobsters," they notch the pregnant
lobster's tail with a "V."
Apparently, this concert between man
and lobster has resulted in a proliferation of the creatures.
Add to that the ability of the lobster to crawl in and out of a
lobster trap, and you have a perfect balance between demand and
Critics of the lobster
fishermen's claim they are helping conserve the creatures say that the
ocean currents are the cause of the lobster explosion.
So, there is some sanity
in the madness of human beings and the ocean. In one case we're
being Vigilant to protect the lobster, in another lax in our
management of "dolphin tension."
I find it fascinating
that in the middle of great moments of history, as the world teeters
on the brink of war, and the roar of the Beast of Terror howls from
the bowels of North Korea and Iraq, that we can still take time to
laud the lobster fishermen and scold the fishermen who herd dolphins
and cause them stress as well as separate mother and child
beneath the sea
Indeed, human beings have
spent little time on this earth trying to figure out "how to get
along." In the great historic clock of existence, human
beings have been on earth about .04% of the nearly 5 billion years the
earth has been spinning. That's not very long to figure
out how to live in harmony with ourselves, let alone all the creatures
above ground and those beneath the sea.
conflicts on land and sea
we took a lesson from the lobster fishermen, and another
from stressed dolphin whistle blowers who chide the U.S.
for putting politics ahead of conservation, we just might
have a chance at resolving the conflicts in North Korea
and Iraq with Vigilance rather than Terrorism.
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