PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The planned repatriation of Keiko is causing a stir in Iceland, where debate is growing over whether the movie star whale will help tourism or hurt the country's lucrative fishing industry.
Iceland agreed in June to allow the Free Willy Keiko Foundation to relocate its famous charge from the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport to a netted enclosure anchored in a sheltered cove in the Westmann Islands, a volcanic archipelago six miles off the country's south coast.
WDCS today received a promotion from the San Diego Sea World Education department selling a trip to see whales and dolphins in the wild. Earlier this year in June, Sea World was offering a day trip aboard a Sea World vessel cruising the coastal waters of San Diego looking for wild whales and dolphins.
It seems a little ironic that Sea World should be promoting whale watching when they own the largest number of captive whales and dolphins in the USA. Perhaps this is the begining of a change of heart for Sea World?
Friday 31st July
As summer flies by, the Free Willly Keiko Foundation's sights for Keiko are firmly set on a mid-September move to the Westmann Islands in Iceland. A date for Keiko?s departure from the Oregon Coast Aquarium will be announced within the next two weeks.
Iceland's police are investigating a death threat against Keiko the killer whale, star of the Free Willy movies, who is due to return to his native Icelandic waters in September.
After a four-year campaign by fans, Keiko too is to be moved from an aquarium in the United States to a large, floating sea-pen in a secluded bay in Iceland's Vestmannaeyjar or Westman islands.
Westman police said a national newspaper had received an anonymous letter sent from a town in northern Iceland threatening to poison the water in Keiko's pen.
A mass stranding of 5 goosebeak (Cuvier's) whales (Ziphius cavirostris) occurred Wednesday night and Thursday (29 and 30 July 1998) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Stranding Network, a local non-profit scientific and conservation organization based at the Metropolitan University in San Juan, attended to the strandings, which involved 1 adult female and 4 males (1 adult, 3 juveniles). The largest animal measured 18 feet, while the smallest was about 14 feet in length.
Wednesday 29th July
View from a porthole.
10am. Well, if we are to see a whale this morning, it will have to haul itself up onto deck. In fact, as the end of the rear deck itself is now threatening to disappear into the fog, the whale should take care to launch itself to land amidships, so we don't miss it.
We have just had the most incredible and inspiring sighting of a mighty whale. This was an encounter that makes yesterday's look puny by comparison and a description that doesn't in some way invoke the mystical quality of this event will not convey the experience.
Namibia -- July 29, 1998 SEAL CULLING ENDORSED
Thousands of seals will be culled after the Namibian cabinet endorsed a request by Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Abraham Iyambo, to allocate quotas.
At Cape Cross seal colony, 15,000 pups and 3,000 bulls will be killed, and at Luderitz seal colony, fishermen will have the go-ahead to destroy 20,000 pups and 2,000 bulls.
OSLO, July 29 (Reuters) reports - 'Norway has extended its controversial whale hunt by two weeks until August 14 off its northern Finnmark coast and in the Barents Sea, the Fisheries Ministry said on Wednesday.
The season will end as originally planned on July 31 in the North Sea, the ministry said. Norwegian whalers have captured 581 minke whales so far in 1998 out of an allowed catch of 671 -- the highest quota since the country resumed commercial whaling in 1993 in defiance of an International Whaling Commission moratorium.