March 24, 2012
To Beston, Mike and everyone else that concern about the discovery of Blue whale along Sri Lanka cost and the Japanese hunting…your concern is very important however it is misplaced.
Everyone that is the business of fishing already knew about the whales off Sri Lanka since the late 70′ and early 80′ – it was not a secret and they were not hunted than.
It become great news for the research world and eco tourism only because peace has arrived to Sri Lanka and cost become again open for recreation…I have been here last time in 1982…and filmed the Blues and the Sperm Whales too. The war lasted till 2009 and during all that time no one could enter Sri Lanka water and surely not recreation or research.
Sri Lanka have very strong naval operation and presence in particular close by the Whales ground. The sighting and our encounters happened close to shore in Sri Lanka territorial water. No Japanese whale hunting will come close to these shores. If you noticed they operate only in international water away from watching eyes.
Sri Lanka is very aware and it is part of my contribution here – supporting and building sense of urgency and awareness for eco tourism and conservation…working with local fishermen, government and private corporation to enjoy the presence of the whales along the costs of this peaceful island.
I hope this put your concern to rest and I am glad to answer any further questions on next subjects…from Sri Lanka right now till April 9.