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  A WHALE OF A CONSERVATION TALE SET IN OUR PLASTIC INFESTED OCEANS

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The adventures of John Storm and the Elizabeth Swann. John Storm is an ocean adventurer and conservationist. The Elizabeth Swann is a fast solar powered boat. During a race around the world, news of the sinking of a pirate whaling ship reaches John Storm and his mate Dan Hawk. They decide to abandon the race and try and save the whale.

 

 

Kana is a small female humpback whale and a great friend of Kulo Luna, until their migration swim in the South Pacific Ocean past Japan.

 

In this ocean adventure, Kana is hunted down by Shui Razor, in the Suzy Wong - and killed by a single harpoon strike. The murdered whale is then lashed to the Suzy Wong and butchered for her meat, a task that the pirates cannot complete, because Kulo Luna rams and sinks the Suzy Wong.

 

 

 

 

THE DANGERS OF SINGLE USE PLASTIC & CHEMICAL DISCHARGES

 

 

THE DANGERS OF SINGLE USE PLASTIC & CHEMICAL DISCHARGES

 

Being at the top of the food chain, whales are more at risk from ocean pollution than humans. Because humans can choose not to eat seafood, and not to swim in seawater. Whales that have ingested contaminated seafood will themselves contain toxins, that in turn will not be good for humans eating their flesh.

 

Humans have been dumping their waste in the oceans for hundreds of years with little thought for the consequences, but only in the last 50 years has plastic become such a hidden menace and danger to almost all marine life.

 

Plastic bags and sheeting can fill a whale's stomach, twist into their intestines and completely block their digestive system.

 

Toxins attached to plastics, bio-accumulate as smaller animals ingest the particles, and pass a concentrated dose of poison up the food chain.

 

The digestive systems of whales consists of an esophagus, a compartmentalized stomach (similar to that of ruminants like cows) and an intestine. Prey that is ingested by the thousands in baleen whales, are not chewed but rather swallowed whole. They then pass into the esophagus, where they are pushed toward the expandable stomach.

 

The esophagus of the blue whale, even if it takes in 2-3 tonnes of krill a day, measures just 15 to 25 cm long when fully extended. The food then reaches the first stomach compartment, the rumen. Pre-digested food is stored there. This compartment breaks down the food by muscular movements called peristalsis.

 

The ground mix is then directed toward the main stomach (or cardiac stomach), where glands produce acid and enzymes used to digest the food (hydrochloric acid, pepsin). The journey continues through a narrow channel before finally reaching the last stomach compartment, the pylorus. It is the combined actions of these different compartments that allow whales to digest the chitin in the exoskeletons of krill and prey swallowed whole.

The digested food continues its journey into the small intestine where nutrient absorption begins. The size of the intestine varies according to the species: it can be 5 to 6 times the length of the animal, which is equivalent to 150 m in the blue whale.

 

As cetaceans have no gall bladder, it is the liver that provides the bile needed for digestion. Cetaceans have the largest livers of all mammals.

    

 

 

 

CHARACTER

DESCRIPTION   

 

 

Abdullah Amir

Skipper of Khufu Kraft, solar boat

Ark, The

DNA database onboard the Elizabeth Swann

Ben Jackman

Skipper of Seashine, solar boat

Billy Perrin

Cetacean expert

Brian Bassett

Newspaper Editor

Captain Nemo

Autonomous navigation system, Elizabeth Swann

Charley Temple

Camerawoman & investigative reporter

Dan Hawk

Electronics wizard & Computer genius

Dick Ward

BBC news editor, PA

Elizabeth Swann

World's fastest solar and Hydrogen powered ship

Frank Paine

Captain Ocean Shepherd

George Franks

Solicitor based in Sydney & London (Franks Swindles & Gentry)

Hal

AI onboard the Elizabeth Swann

Jean Bardot

French Skipper of Sunriser, solar boat

Jill Bird

BBC Presenter, news anchor

John Storm

Adventurer, ocean conservationist, amateur anthropologist

Jonah

2nd Japanese whaler, spectacularly sunk by Kulo-Luna

Kana

A young female humpback whale, killed by whalers

Kuna

Daughter of Kulo-Luna, baby calf humpback whale

Kulo Luna

A giant female humpback whale that sinks two whaling ships

Lars Johanssen

Skipper of Photon Planet, a solar powered boat

Peter Shaw

Pilot, arctic based

Professor Douglas Storm

Designer of Elizabeth Swann & uncle to John Storm

Sarah-Louise Jones

Solar Racer, Starlight

Shui Razor

Captain, Suzy Wong, Japanese whaling Boat

Suki Hall

Marine Biologist

Stang Lee

Captain, Jonah, Japanese whaling Boat

Steve Green

Freelance Reporter, Mr Exclusive

Suzy Wong

A Japanese whaling boat, spectacularly sunk by a whale

Tom Hudson

Sky News Editor

Zheng Ling

Japanese Black Market Boss

 

 

 

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