“The oceans cover seventy percent of the Earth’s surface, yet more than eighty percent of our oceans are unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored…That means entire seamounts, channels, and other geologic structures, their corresponding ecosystems, and potential resources go undiscovered for most of the Earth”
“It means that billions of dollars of offshore wind capacity, fossil fuels and deep-sea mining cannot be exploited, and the ecosystems that may be affected by these activities cannot be protected because they are currently unknown.”
“While incremental improvements are ongoing, the challenge of mapping the world ocean will benefit greatly from new technological breakthroughs…Among the new technologies to be examined will be the fleets of long-range AUVs equipped with interferometric swath sonars, and autonomous surface barges or sailing vessels capable of long-duration, ocean-wide transits. These autonomous platforms would be controlled from shore and transmit data back to shore via satellite communication links allowing 24/7 global operation with minimal human supervision.”
GEBCO-NIPPON SEABED 2030 REPORT
‘PAIKEA-ANIWANIWA’ PANEL, MOTHER EARTH TEMPLE,
BALARNIA, FLINDERS ISLAND TASMANIA
(photo by Liesbet Verstraeten)
PREFACE: I am in my last month here in Hawai’i before I return down under. I can feel the pull of the dream-time ancestors. The William Ricketts sanctuary is to me one of the very coolest things ever done by the ‘white’ man in Australia. It is a unique environment where over 100 scultpures inhabit a mountain-side bird sanctuary in the Dandenong Mountains to the southeast of Melbourne. I am planning an entire show and post about the sanctuary, but am waiting to interview director Paul Bennett when I return. I am helping to make a comprehensive film project about Ricketts’ work. Note that every face is that of real people he knew in the central desert.
Our Mother Earth Temple is still the largest and most labour-intensive art project that I have ever undertaken. Liesbet and I worked on it for several hours a day, every day for around 4 months when we were visiting our friend Arni Balarni’s place on Flinders Island Tasmania in the winter-into-spring of 2011. It has fallen into grave disrepair, but the last time I was there, in 2015, much of it was intact, especially the rainbow Djed pillar and the kiva structure (pictured here). On this visit I added the ‘Paikea-aniwaniwa’ panel in honour of the whales and dolphins.
GREETINGS FROM JEFF! 🙂 Sometimes I wish I could just share everything with everyone all at once, but who would have the time for all that? I want to THANK ALL MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND FAMILY (spiritual if not biological, yet are we not all part of the true family of life?) for making me possible and being ‘friends’ in the truest senses. I wouldn’t be here if not for you. I may be a pain in something now and then but it’s only because I am trying so hard to ‘fight the good fight’ on behalf of ‘all our relations’…our fellow beings whose voices, whose cries for help, are going increasingly unheard and unheeded in the madness of the modern world. I wish that the state of Mother Ocean, her health and that of all her children, was not so dire and getting worse exponentially day by day…I would prefer to spend a lot more of my time just sharing the power and beauty of Mothers Earth and Ocean, and the large amount of creativity that I have been endowed with; but my love of life and my levels of awareness necessitate my continued activism and research into the true ‘war on life’ that ‘my’ species is engaged in.
I am doing my best to ‘stand on the shoulders’ of those who help me. If I were just a regular person, it would be different, but doing things like my weekly radio show (which involves a LOT of work) AND my long-in-the-works ‘beyond film’ project about the whales and dolphins, who they are as fellow beings and what the real global threats to their well-being really are, requires a tremendous investment of time and resources. I don’t know of anyone else who would even embark on such a project without a massive budget allocated ahead of time, but I am doing it. The hugeness of the topic and the gravity of the situation has inspired me to renavigate the project from the single film it started out to be, into what is now a series of probably at least 7 ‘beyond films’ each focussing on specific categories of the ‘big picture’ of the whales, dolphins, and Mother Ocean, or ‘ohana moana.’
WATCH THE ORIGINAL TRAILER FOR THIS PROJECT
“AIHE TOHORA WANANGA”
I want to thank everyone again who helped me to replace my Nikon camera that got accidentally ‘sacrificed’ to Mother Ocean in Tasmania in February of 2017. This was truly miraculous and a testament to my wonderful family of friends.
May I call on you all once again to help me go to the ‘next level’ with all my projects, especially this ‘beyond film’ project? I am not becoming a non-profit organization but I AM seeking my next wave of art commissions, so if anyone might like some lovely painted rocks (I’m over the 50,000 mark now!), or a painting of any size or style, or maybe one of my painted wooden dolphins, now is a great time. I am charged up on inspiration from being in Hawai’i, on the most active volcano on the planet, having come here from Aotea and Te Wai Pounamu, and before that having had one of my most productive and comprehensive expeditions in Australia…I am hoping to visit my friend marine biologist and under-water photographer Terry Lilley on the island of Kauai before I return back down under to Australia and New Zealand in about a month.
“CETACEAN RAINBOW CONVERGENCE”
(Commissioned by Jon & Michi Baty in 2009, they donated it to Sea Shepherd Art Auction and it sold there for $2500)
Now for the main purpose of this posting: to tell you about a NEW GLOBAL THREAT to all of life in Mother Ocean. I say ‘new’ because the current agenda called Seabed 2030 was officially launched only a few months ago. It is in essence a plan to develop and utilize the highest levels of technology to create high-resolution maps of the floor of the entirety of Mother Earth’s oceans.
I would like to extend an ASTRONOMICAL THANKS to my beautiful friends at StrandedNoMore who broke this story last week, looking at yet another ‘mysterious’ whale stranding off the west coast of the south island of New Zealand and the proximity of a highly suspect geo-physical exploration vessel in the vicinity at the same time.
Read their brilliant work of independent research and investigative journalism here:
Here is my own in-depth blog posting looking at all this in greater depth (in progress)
FUGRO’S SOUTHERN STAR IN VICINITY OF WHALE STRANDING SITE
DATA ACQUISITION ROUTES = CHANNELS OF KILLING
AUTONOMOUS ‘DRONE’ MULTI-BEAN SONAR BARGE
I will be reporting on all this in greater detail soon as this email is already long over-due. Suffice it to say that this represents a MAJOR NEW LEVEL THREAT LEVEL endangering the health and well-being of everyone who is trying to live in Mother Ocean.
The basic idea is to use multi-beam sonar technologies to map the ocean floor. These systems are in the process of being installed on the entire global fleet of geo-physical vessels, most of which are also engaged in the highly destructive seismic testing for hydro-carbons. This fleet consists of approximately 700 vessels.
In addition, every one of these vessels is equipped with the cathodic protection systems that Stewart Simonson has warned us about so eloquently, which electrify not only the hulls of the boats but also the entire marine environment and shipping lanes surround the vessels and the probability distributions of their locations.
And this is just some of the industrial dimensions of the full spectrum bio-acoustic warfare being waged in Mother Ocean…when you add in ALL THINGS MILITARY the graph of destructiveness becomes totally asymptotic and goes off the chart completely.
‘THE MILITARY IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER’
TO BE CONTINUED…but think for a moment about your own personal relationship with noise. All noises are sounds, but when does sound become noise? And what levels of ‘noise’ exist…it ranges from ‘awareness’ to ‘annoyance’ to ‘disruption’ to ‘physical trauma’ to ‘death.’
The whales and dolphins live in a world of sound…sound and hearing are to them what seeing and vision are to us. Imagine trying to live in an environment where brilliant fireworks were going off in every direction 24 hours a day, or flashes from photographers or flashing lights from police and emergency vehicles. I am just trying to share what it must be like for whales and dolphins who find themselves in the vicinity of these ever-more-pervasive operations.
THE ‘ULTIMATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’
“PLEASE DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN…WE LOVES YOU BERRY MUCH! :)”
IS ANYWHERE SAFE AND TRANQUIL FOR THEM ANYMORE???
LISTEN AND/OR DOWN-LOAD ANYTIME ARCHIVE LINK FOR THIS OTB BROADCAST:
‘NOISE AND MENTAL HEALTH’