Thursday, June 17, 2010

John and seashells

As a child John was a keen investigator of tide pools.

But this was simply an observation of the shells – the shells were returned to their natural habitat.  He reminded me of this when he told me that he was with a guest in Fiji and he found a Golden Cowry.  In the 80’s this shell would have been purchase for approximately $500+.

He remembers this very well because he asked his friend 
Are you prepared to eat the snail if you take the shell?

His friend balked at the idea and took the shell (and it’s snail) 
back to the reef.  

John will post more about the removal of shells from the beach but morally he would like you to think twice – 
1) that shell may be a home for a marine animal
2) the shells of today will be our children’s children sand.

Please think twice about taking shells from the beach and purchasing them from the stalls.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

A bizarre example of stupidity

"I am enraged by Discovery Communication's decision to produce and air Sarah Palin's Alaska and would like you to sign the petition to Discovery Communications -- and let them know that Sarah Palin doesn't deserve to represent the "powerful beauty of Alaska" in front of millions of people." 
John Gray. July 2010

See you on the water,

Ling Yai (Thai for 'Big Monkey')  AKA John Caveman Gray

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To: David Zaslav President & CEO, Discovery Communications

As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife, I am disappointed and angered by Discovery Communication's decision to produce and air Sarah Palin's Alaska. As governor, Sarah Palin championed a bloody aerial wolf-slaughter campaign that continues to this very day. She even planned on offering a $150 bounty for the severed forelimb of each killed wolf. Palin also fought against increased protections for struggling Cook Inlet beluga whales and America's only populations of polar bears.

As parent company of Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel and TLC, and known for your wildlife-focused productions, I hope that you will reconsider your decision to partner with such a terribly anti-wildlife and politically divisive persona as Sarah Palin.