Current Study- Deep Sea

    "Deep below the ocean’s surface is a mysterious world that takes up 95% of Earth’s living space. It could hide 20 Washington Monuments stacked on top of each other. But the deep sea remains largely unexplored. Dive down 650 feet (one monument or 200 meters), and you notice that light starts fading rapidly. Dive deeper: the temperature drops and pressure rises. At 13,000 feet (20 monuments or 4,000 meters), the temperature hovers around freezing, and there’s no sunlight at all. Yet there is life -- an astounding variety of creatures that will boggle your mind." Team Impact is now doing the Deep Sea unit! We will learn about our seas and oceans

Here are some of Team Impact's assignments on whaling and its affects on the deep sea.

"While researching and reading articles about whaling, it was concluded that whaling, for better or for worse still occurs in some nations in defiance of the whaling moratorium put in place by the IWC. Whaling, while considered brutal by some has a rich history. One of the most acclaimed and famous stories in American history, Moby Dick dwelled on the whale as a symbol of human traits and faults. Greek mythology reflects dolphins as mystical shapeshifters. The evidence you will hear proves that many countries continue to whale, contrary to the orders of the IWC

    While reading Whaling Before The Ban  it was concluded that whaling is damaging to the deep sea. “Mankind no longer needed the food and fuel that the whales provided... The whaling continued” This proves that even when it wasn’t necessary, people kept hunting whales, often for cultural reasons. Conclusively, whaling still occurs in many countries, such as Japan, Iceland and Norway.

    In the BBC article, Why do Some Countries Hunt Whales by Melissa Hogenboom we learned about and discussed the whaling practices of three nations. The article says, “Iceland is not the only country that practices whaling: Norway and Japan also do so.” this is evidence that the practice of whaling, while no longer a prevalent factor in the world economy, still occurs in some countries. Another piece of proof that countries are whaling is the fact that  Iceland allowed its whalers to hunt 154 Fin whales and 229 Minke whales. This shows that the government of Iceland not only supports hunting whales, but does so in defiance of the IWC (International Whaling Commission). In conclusion, many governments turn a blind eye to whaling or even publicly stand by it.

    In an article by the Minneapolis Star Tribune titled, “Norway kicks off minke hunt, raises quota to 999 whales” it is stated that Norway has increased its maximum number of huntable whales this year. It is shown that, “allowed to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016.” This shows that the government of Norway is not concerned that an increase in hunted whales could upset the ecosystem or irreparably damage the whale population. Another piece of evidence is a section of the article that reads, “The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986, but Norway objected.” This shows that not only does Norway not feel the whale population is in danger now, but in fact in never has. This shows that Norway is among one of the nations that hunts whales, not with impunity but nonetheless.                                 

    In conclusion, many nations continue to hunt whales regardless of the orders of the International Whaling Commission. No matter your opinion on this issue, it’s important to take action and express yourself. Whether you protest to protect the whales on your town green, or if you write letters or emails expressing your dissatisfaction with the operations of organizations like Greenpeace. If you fight for your beliefs, you can’t lose."

--Ethan Sonneborn


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