Cousins of the Deep

Our cetacean cousins: the whales, dolphins, porpoises, and manatees can't move to another home. The oceans are their homes.
Once the world was strong with nature's wildlife and all the food necessary to support them... and then came humans...
It's one of the top 2 greats of my experiences; Seeing whales and dolphins at their family gatherings. In fact, every time I've seen them, it's been "family time". They know the importance of quality time, and I believe we could learn many valuable lessons from our aquatic cousins.

Wild Dolphins link - Dolphin photo copyright by E.C. Gruhler Too many times, the news reports about slaughters and poisons due to human's pollutants. It seems as though humans are indeed the planetary killers. We have organizations and agencies now underway to save this and help that. Unfortunately, there are still many "killers" doing the polluting and killing.

Whales travel thousands of miles by instinct to get to their southern breeding and calving areas for winter, then back north to their feeding areas for the summer. It's sad that many of them never return; their journey and life, joining the count of many wildlife species that ended too soon.

Bottlenose Dolphins link - photo copyright by E.C. Gruhler

Whale and dolphin graphics made from photos
Copyright © 1998 by E.C. Gruhler
Used by permission, with much appreciation.

    What YOU can do:

1. Educate yourself about marine wildlife and tell others.

2. Help Out where you can, and/or check out SeaWeb for the latest news and updates.

3. Call, write, e-mail your support to protect wildlife. Voice your support for our aquatic cousins. Request a stop to all commercial whaling, and ask for the creation of a permanent, enforced, all ocean sanctuary for all cetaceans.

4. Contact the President and First Lady, (and your congress persons) asking for their support of protecting sea life:

The President
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1414 or (202) 456-1111
Fax: (202)456-2883

The First Lady

Free calls to Congress: 1-800-972-3524
Federal Information Center: 1-800-688-9889
more government resources

Pilot Whales link - pilot whales photo copyright by E.C. Gruhler
Dolphins, Discovery link - dolphin photo copyright by E.C. Gruhler

Protected Marine Species
Dolphins and Man... Equals?
Dolphins and Healing
Dolphins and Porpoises
Dolphins, Whales, Seals & Manatees
Manatee FAQ
Manatee Factsheet - Defenders
Whale Intelligence & Behavior - Facts & Myths
Whales on the Net
Sea Otters
Friends of the Sea Otter
Harbour Seal
Harbour Seals & mammals - NOAA
Save-the-Whale/Seal Movement
Sea Turtle
Pacific Walrus Research
CoralRealm - Reef Fish, Sharks, Rays & Invertebrates
American Cetacean Society
Earthtrust - Wildlife Conservation Worldwide
The Marine Mammal Center - has adopt-a-seal program
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Oceans - Greenpeace
Sea World
Cetacean Society Int'l
Internet Marine Mammal Resources
World Resources Institute

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