The International Whaling Commission (IWC) instituted a global moratorium, or pause, on commercial whaling in 1986. Yet, Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Iceland’s only fin whale-hunting business, Hvalur hf (Whale Inc.), continues to operate, ignoring international outrage and the shrinking demand for whale meat. This year, after a two-year hiatus in hunting, the Icelandic government sanctioned the slaughter of 238 endangered fin whales. Those whales are dying right now, each one harpooned and dragged to a slow, cruel end. Economically, the hunt doesn’t make any sense. Iceland’s whale watching industry generates $20 million USD annually – far more than the disappearing whale meat market. It’s time for Iceland to choose tourism over whaling. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy in #TurningTheTide through the link in my bio.
Huntington Beach is a California city southeast of Los Angeles and pictured above by Photographer Ryan Longnecker. With 10 miles of uninterrupted coastline, Huntington Beach is known for its surf beaches. The International Surfing Museum displays longboards and other memorabilia. The 365 acre Huntington Central Park features fields, gardens, lakes, an equestrian center, a disc golf course, a sports complex, and the Shipley Nature Center. Huntington Beach also has the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, whose wetlands and dunes shelter more than 300 bird species. Huntington Beach has five beaches, all connected by a 10-mile paved beach path for walks, jogs, and bicycle rides. There’s even a mile-long stretch of sand dedicated to dogs.
photo credit: @ryanlongnecker
The clear blue of the Mediterranean sea provides the perfect canvas to create memories this summer. With a Sunseeker yacht being the ultimate vessel to capture those special moments 📸
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