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  Sea Canary Blues
by Mr. Ed
Friday, April 20, 2007
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“If the day ever comes that we can communicate intelligently with whales,

They may introduce us to the concept of survival without aggression,

And the true joy of living - which at present - still eludes mankind.”


Horace Dobbs



I have journeyed to Cook Inlet

And I have seen their kind up close

I’ve been lucky enough to touch them

Gazing into their eyes nearly nose to nose


And I wish that I could understand

The many songs these sea canaries sing

For today they must be extremely sad ones

Because death to them modern man does bring


These are the Alaskan Beluga Whales

Once numbering around fifteen hundred

Today only about 250 of them still remain

Their songs must surely be filled with dread


Even here in one of the last remaining wild places

Mankind is polluting and decimating their sea home

And I truly hope that we act soon to start saving them

Or one day soon, we’ll be penning their memorial poem



The name ‘beluga’ comes from the Russian word beilo, meaning ‘white.’ Because they require open water to breathe, these beluga whales winter in areas known to have open water year round, like Cook Inlet in Alaska.


On their bulbous white forehead protrudes what is referred to as their ‘melon.’ This fatty protrusion on the top of their face is responsible for the many captivating noises that they make, which include chirps, whistles, clicks, and moos. And because of this, they have been affectionately nicknamed the ‘sea canary.’


These Belugas are cetacean whales, meaning they have teeth, and although they are true whales, in many ways they resemble a huge white dolphin. They will often swim right up to small boats, and occasionally, they even allow boat passengers to reach out and touch them.  I’ll never forget the day that I touched one  – it was spectacular.


And these magnificent sea canaries have been a Cook Inlet icon for a long time now, delighting thousands of children and adults each year. Yet, despite having a ‘depleted’ listing under The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 2000, they have not been listed as an ‘endangered species.’


The Cook Inlet off Anchorage once teemed with up to 1,500 of these sea canaries - a genetically distinct population of white whale.  But very sadly, their numbers have now dropped to around 250, and they could vanish forever within our lifetime unless we act very soon to save them.


Cook Inlet Belugas rear their young and feed just off the shore of Alaska’s most populated and fastest growing modern day area.  And because of this, more and more pollution, sewage discharges, seismic blasting, toxic dumping from oil platforms, dredging, and modern day construction projects have adversely affected their numbers.


Listing these Cook Inlet Belugas as ‘endangered’ would provide needed critical protection for both the whale and the inlet itself, giving these whales the chance they deserve to recover.


The international community has already spoken out. Last year, the highly respected International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Cook Inlet Beluga as ‘critically endangered’ - the last category before ‘extinct’ - on its Red List of Threatened Species.


I believe that it’s way past time for our government to also step in to help save these whales before it’s too late.


Federal officials are currently debating whether to list them as a ‘protected. endangered species.’ But they need to hear from all of us – as they usually do in any animal welfare issue these very sad days – before they take any action at all.


Please urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to list the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale as ‘endangered,’ to help protect these fellow earth mammals for future generations of nature loving Americans to come.


And I truly believe that Earth will be an even sadder place than it already is without this wondrous Sea Canary’s Ancient Songs.


The Government is Accepting Public Comment Until June 19th.

If You Would Like to Help Save Them, Please Write To:


Bill Hogarth, Director

National Marine Fisheries Service

1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910




Kaja Brix, Assistant Regional Administrator

Protected Resources Division, Alaska Region, NMFS,

P. O Box 21668

Juneau, AK 99802





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Reviewed by Butch Howard 4/25/2007
Thanks for bringing the plight of the belugas to the forefront. I was not aware of the situation until now. I will do my part to make my opinion known to the "powers that be." Thanks for sharing your concern for these beautiful creatures in verse. Well done!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/21/2007
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by J M 4/21/2007
Loved the history Ed I think they are fascinating of Gods kingdom of creatures. You really did a beautiful job on this one...
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/20/2007
You have penned such disturbing news. Another one of God's beautiful creatures will soon vanish. I pray not, but reality says it more loudly. No one seems to care anymore about anything but their back pockets. Instead of saying, "What can I do to help?".....most say, "What is in it for me?". Sad, so very sad.

Be safe,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/20/2007
I'm afraid that soon you won't have time to save them nor anyone, methinks we have passed the limit of the damage humanity has visited upon God's splendid planet earth. A most beautiful but heart wrenching poem Ed...Thanks for all the info too!

tiger lily
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/20/2007
A wonderful piece Ed
and thank you once again
for the added excellent information
On these lovely creatures

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/20/2007
Whale song is the most beautiful and yet unnerving thing, I think. It is almost prophetic and seems to tap into the elemental and universal, the speech of all species, it seems to me. Thank you for speaking up for the voiceless... albeit not songless... and may y/our notes on their behalf prosper and preserve their cause. I'm reading her lips, but I think she is saying, "Ed Kostro, I love you!" :))
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 4/20/2007
I wish that people would just leave the nature of the earth alone and stop harrasing and tourching them. You should read the book "a whale for the killing" I am reading it right know and it is really good youd enjoy but it is also really sad.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/20/2007
beautiful write-thank you and i will be writing away
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/20/2007
Their songs are so hauntingly beautiful as is your poem Ed.
Reviewed by SaPAth AnANd 4/20/2007
You have pointed out the most achin realities of our time.We do need to give them their space and get serious on conservation action.You are a champion my friend.
keep it leafy!

Bom Bhole!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/20/2007
Heartbreaking reality that sucks big time!!

I cannot help but feeliong BLUE reading this!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 4/20/2007
Beautifully orchestrated this poetic message and haunting music which emphasizes the message well taken, Ed. I hope that those contacts whose names appear at the end of this piece have received a copy of this message for it will surely offer well more than a nudge.
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 4/20/2007
You are a true spokesman for the creatures of earth. It is really sad what is happening to everything on our beloved planet. KEEP Writing Ed. Your voice is heard by many! ......M
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 4/20/2007
They are so beautiful. Cooks Inlet sounds like one of those place up there that have those nice winters where the animals find a place to for the winter. I've thought about visiting there some summer. To see these guys would be great. Lady J good write as always on animals and nature.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 4/20/2007
Ed, another important subject that needs to be brought to our attention. I enjoyed this poem so much and loved the metaphor, "The many songs these sea canaries sing,"...beautiful!
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 4/20/2007
All species in this world deserve to get protection. They should perish for the sole reason of mankind's greed and negligience. Well done dear Ed. You are a beacon of light
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/20/2007
You can only do your best & you have...e
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 4/20/2007
ED OF ASSISI, I hear your cry! I will write to these individuals.

Thank you for this beautifully stirring.....almost dirge-like, expose`.

Always the Teacher and the Advocate, you are deeply appreciated.

Big Hugz, Granny&Eddie
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/20/2007

Poetic task accomplished in "Sea Canary Blues".

Thank You for giving The BELUGAS the VOICE of JUSTICE.

In gratitude and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/20/2007
God bless our furry, feathered, and (what do you call fish and whales? Smooth?? LOL) friends! Thanks for speaking out on their behalf; the animals have a friend in you! And so do we! Very powerful pen you have done this morning, Mr. Ed; thanks for the sharing!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/20/2007
As the world grows and loses its moral bearing even further than it has, more species will become extinct. These statistics are there for the government to see and act upon.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/20/2007
Overfishing, overhunting, overproducing, man knows no limits.
America had aover a million buffaloes not so long ago.
Man is up on the branch tree that he's sawing off.
Well done friend, but...will anybody out there listen?
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/20/2007

Ever the champion for those who succumb to mankind's greed...keep writing, keep speaking out!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/20/2007
Good sentiments ole bean, though i read that whales do have injuries from fighting.. or did i dream that?
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