GREENPEACE CANADAProtesters Hold Banner in Solidarity with Clyde River – Residents are fighting a dangerous form of oil exploration that uses deafening Seismic Cannons to search for oil in Baffin Bay – Home to 90% of narwhals, ‘the unicorn of the sea.’ Clyde River, Nunavut. This small hamlet, population 1,100, is at the epicenter of an […]
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We’ve just launched a Kickstarter Campaign to bring our team to Clyde River to coincide with Greenpeace’s flotilla protest training for the residents fighting Seismic Cannon Blasting for oil in Baffin Bay. We’ll also head up to Pond Inlet to film Narwhal’s and their Wakes 😉 Please support and share widely as the fate of […]
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The Last Narwhal – Unicorn of the Sea
With the aid of the animated classic film, ‘The Last Unicorn,’ learn about the origin of the legend & the myth; the rare and mysterious tusked whale of the Arctic, the Narwhal.
The legend of the Unicorn, Uni=one corn= horn, stems from the vikings whaling in the Arctic waters around Svalbard off of current Greenland. They found these strange whales that had horns that were ten feet long. After bringing their catch home they had many of these ‘tusks’ and decided to sell them as curiosities to other Europeans. Being very protective of their fishing & hunting grounds they never said were, or what, the tusks came from. Slowly the legend of the horse with one horn arose and the myth around the Unicorn was born.
In the animated film a lone unicorn, Lady Amalthea, looks for the rest of her kind in a magical kingdom after they have all mysteriously disappeared. An evil, if somewhat benign, king has driven them into the ocean so that he can see them every day since they’re the only thing in the world that makes him happy. Lady Amalthea takes it upon herself, in human form, to fight the giant bull that has imprisoned them in the waters. Thus freeing the ‘unicorns in the sea’.
The Narwhal is referred to as the ‘Unicorn of the Sea,’ and currently faces a similar peril as the rest of the unicorns in this story. The mad king in this case is corporate greed and the search for Arctic Oil. Using Seismic Cannons, the second loudest manmade sound on earth behind the explosion of an Atomic Bomb, to search for undersea oil pose a dire threat to marine mammals and the narwhals of Baffin Bay in particular.
Baffin Bay is home to 90% of the world’s narwhals. A seismic survey is planned that will see these cannons exploding every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, for five years.
The Inuit of Clyde River, Nunavut are fighting the corporations to save the eardrums of marine mammals and continue the existence of the near threatened narwhals and their habitat.
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A few weeks ago our friend Nicolas Richards invited us to the hidden gem that is the Natural History Museum of Paris, specifically the Galerie de L’Evolution. Nic’s Aunt is the director of the museum(s) and gave us passes to explore them all. Within this beautifully landscaped, massive garden are a number of museums (Botanical, Paleontology, […]
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In this video we recently edited from footage we captured during our production in Toronto, Mayor Jerry Natanine talks about his appreciation for Narwhals, the effects of seismic cannon mapping, the Federal Court in Toronto and his appeal against the Canadian National Energy Board’s decision to allow oil & gas exploration to begin this summer […]
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I happen to have finally picked up Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick for the first time and just came across his very loose classification attempt of cetaceans in Chapter 32. Melville doesn’t get all that much right, but luckily he doesn’t purport to. He includes the ‘Narwhale’ in BOOK II (OCTAVO) CHAPTER III of his library […]
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Did you know that earlier this year, 75 scientists cautioned President Obama against the adverse effects seismic blasting may have on marine life in an official letter? While the residents of Clyde River, that depend upon marine mammals for survival, were told by the Seismic Cannon Mapping companies (TGS, PGS, and Multi Klient) representatives that there […]
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