Week 4!

Hi all!

The last week and half I have been working on the Steve Irwin! Mainly painting right now, so by the end of the day I’m covered in paint, and dust from cleaning. You know your work paints need to be washed when you can literally vacuum the dirt off of them!!
I really like work on the ship. I get really tired sometimes, but it’s still fun working with my hands and feeling like I got things done by the end of the day.

Ship life has been interesting to get used to. I get one three minute shower every three days, and our cabins are small; so I have to keep things organized or it becomes a really large mess! But, the people here are amazing and the food is really good!

I had my first day off earlier this week! I slept in really late, which was lovely. I also skyped with some friends back home and with my family, because I miss them all very much.
After lunch I went into Williamstown and did some laundry.

I also organized my cabin!!! Only to have my cleaning job ruined by Maddie’s boyfriend. He tossed our shoes around the room and moved things around. He decided to create a little experiment to see how quickly I would clean the room again. I lasted about one hour. haha

I realize how uninteresting this day might sound, compared to my first few weeks here in Aussie, but after a full week of work it’s nice to just kick back and relax. However, I did get to see my good friend Rupert (who was also a Cove Guardian and a large part of the anti-sealing campaign in Namibia). We had coffee at one of the local shops and I took him on a tour of the Steve. It was really good seeing him again, it had been three years!

Once again I was back at work and busy as a bee. Yesterday night, however, I went rock climbing for the first time!! There is a local gym here that have several walls, and some of the crew like to go several times a week, so I joined them. Like I said, I’d never been rock climbing before. I hated the first wall, because I felt like I would fall off! But after I got the hang of it, I thought it was super fun and I can’t wait to go again!

Photo by Eleanor Lister @ http://www.eleanormarie.wordpress.com

This last weekend we had tours. Since the ship has been here in Melbourne before, and for so long, there wasn’t lines of people waiting, like in Sydney. But, I did a few tours in-between working. I like doing tours because they are always different. People ask different questions and we talk about different campaigns.

Speaking of campaigns, I do want to talk about Taiji for a little while.

This past week has been really hard on me, especially after the first kill of the season. I was wishing I could be in two places at once. I know I was in Taiji this last March, but I was feeling this intense need to go back and just be there again. I was really angry and unhappy with everything that was/is going on there. I suppose I was feeling like there was more I could be doing to help the campaign, but then I started thinking about all my work here on the ship and how this is the best place for me right now. I have a lot of anger towards Taiji, and I am upset about having such a strong connection with a place that is bursting with evil. I know my work here on the ship is benefiting the cause, and I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything right now. This may sound dramatic, but it is true that once you’ve been to Taiji you loose a piece of yourself there. This is why so many of the CG veterans return, it’s because we all feel this connection to Taiji and this need to finish what we started.

But that is where my blog comes in. I can be in two places at once. There really isn’t a need for me to be in Taiji right now, I can say all I want to here on my soapbox. And what I want to say is Don’t Stop Pressuring The Japanese Government.

The support Sea Shepherd and the Cove Guardians receive from everyone is amazing. The constant updates, protests, calls to the embassies, letters, and other projects are what the Cove Guardian campaign is all about. Without so many people caring about the captivity and slaughter issue, and doing what they can at home, the campaign wouldn’t be nearly as successful.

I do want to make it clear, once more, that I have nothing against the Japanese people. My issue is with the people, all over the world, who sell/capture and-or kill cetaceans. Even then, it’s hard to dislike some of those people; because sometimes they don’t understand that what they are doing is wrong.

No matter where we are in the world, there are things we can do to help the campaign and protect cetaceans.

Until next week,
Elora Malama

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4 thoughts on “Week 4!

  1. Great job Elora! Being able to understand and use the fact that you can be effective in more than one place with just a single body must be empowering. Keep living up to your potential because you are making such an amazing difference!

  2. It sounds like you are adjusting to working and living on the Steve Irwin, Elora. You are getting quite an education and wonderful experience. You make a difference in our world, my friend and I thank you for all you do. I agree with Angela Poland and I am pleased that you “can be effective in more than one place” at a time. Keep up the good work.

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