News | /2008/02/07/

News | /2008/02/07/

There are 14 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 7, 2008, titled News | /2008/02/07/. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

COURTESY OF HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY This humpback whale calf was struck by a ship on March 9, 2006, between Maalaea Harbor and Molokini.

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Scott

Wahiawa, HI

#1 Feb 7, 2008
So what about the stupid "Screamer" boat I always see flying around offshore from Waikiki?
Ric Whale Tails Chips

San Diego, CA

#2 Feb 7, 2008
Gary,

Thanks for giving a attention to ship strikes. I know it is sometimes hard to resist cranking up the throttle but try to remember that we are in their world just slow down and keep an eye out.

As Heathcote Williams author of Whale Nation said " From space our planet is blue and blue is the territory of whales, not of humans."

Glenn

Honolulu, HI

#3 Feb 7, 2008
where are all the people who protested the superferry? All of a sudden the whales safety isn't very important any more, how funny.
leave britney alone

Honolulu, HI

#4 Feb 7, 2008
nuff sed
WTF

Kahului, HI

#5 Feb 7, 2008
I protested the superferry, but whale strikes were only one of the many reasons why I did. Can you honestly tell me it is right to change a law for someone? I'd like to change a few laws that would benefit me, too, but I wouldn't be so self absorbed as to ask. It is only a matter of time before that thing hits a whale, too.

Scott: the water at waikiki is way too polluted for anything to want to swim in it.
Jim

Kailua Kona, HI

#6 Feb 7, 2008
The caption on the photo is erroneous. This whale was observed near a vessel off the Pali. There is no evidence whatsoever, that I am aware of, that it was struck somewhere "between Maalaea harbor and Molokini".

This was an unreported strike, with no knowledge of who struck the calf or where the strike occurred.

As for whale safety, take a look, second strike of the year occurred off Waikiki right in the path of Hawaii Superferry.

Big difference between these recent collision and what will happen with Hawaii Superferry hits a whale: bump verses death.
Andy Parx

Kapaa, HI

#7 Feb 7, 2008
There is an answer- Ban the Whale harrassment boat tours
Living in Lahaina

Keaau, HI

#8 Feb 7, 2008
The Superferry had a broken rudder last week.
did the rudder hit a whale & not report it?
Grow up

Hilo, HI

#9 Feb 7, 2008
The protester dont work for ferry, that way they angry with HSF. instead they work for tour boat so you wont hear than crying for whale being hit by boat. they just givin a words if boat hit whale dont say anything. or tell then you hit a debris,not whale simple as that,

Since: Oct 07

AOL

#10 Feb 7, 2008
Glenn wrote:
where are all the people who protested the superferry? All of a sudden the whales safety isn't very important any more, how funny.
Interesting comment from Lee Tepley, one of the people on Maui who has concerns about HSF:

"John Garibaldi said “We did not hit a whale”
Feel free to forward.

In my e-mail of Feb. 4, I brought up the possibility that the
Superferry’s rudder cracks might have been caused by a collision with
a large underwater object – like a whale.

I also asked if anyone could tell me if and where John Garibaldi had
stated “We did not hit a whale”.

Greg Kaufman informed Jeff Sacher that Garibaldi’s statement was in a
story in the Maui News. Garibaldi made the statement to deny rumors
that the Superferry had hit a whale. I have added excerpts from the
Maui News story below. The story contains other interesting
statements like “Small cracks were discovered around the two posts
that support the rudders – small, but big enough to let in water” and
“The repairs were made from both inside and outside the hull”

Wow!! The plot really thickened in a hurry!! I first looked into the
rudder-crack story only about 4 days ago. Based on information
provided by Austal on earlier fast ferries, it appeared that the
Superferry did not even have rudders. Instead, steering at high
speeds was done by “interceptors”. But last night, I found an Austal
Video that showed two impressive looking rudders (see attachment).
The video did not specify the type of Austal ferry that used them but
similar or identical rudders could well be used on the Superferry.
(Note: They could be vertical stabilizers instead of rudders)

Anyhow, the Maui News story stated the cracks around the two posts
were “small but big enough to let in water”. So water apparently
penetrated the hull. This sounds like pretty big cracks or a weak
hull – could be a major structural problem. So will Aluminum welding
both “inside and outside the hull” really solve the problem??

Garibaldi said that “what caused the cracks is still under
investigation”. He followed this up with “We did not hit a whale”.
So Garibaldi came up with a conclusion before the investigation was
completed. What a surprise!!

The story does not specify how the small cracks were discovered. Greg
Kaufman came up with what is probably the answer. He wrote to Jeff
Sacher:

Question is: why would you go looking under your boat, if there are
no problems?
Cracks are cracks and would not hinder performance or be detected.

However, if you ‘think’ you hit something, you will go looking for
collateral damage.

In other words someone felt a “bump”. This lead to an inspection and
they found cracks.

So it appears that a large body struck a rudder – and it could have
well been a whale.

But in the absence of a carcass, the case against the Superferry is
only circumstantial. Maybe next time a dead whale will be impaled on
a pontoon.

Aloha
Lee Tepley
lea

Honolulu, HI

#12 Feb 7, 2008
to Jim of Lahaina
a possible mistake in the caption is not really the point of the article, unless you were the actual photographer and taking credit for it. Then your issue can be taken up with the Whale Foundation for mislabeling your picture. The point is that whales can get hurt from boats and ships, and it appears incidents are possible and increasing.
Shamu

Wahiawa, HI

#13 Feb 7, 2008
Ban all the whale watching boats. They are the whale and child killers. Not the super ferry.
Joscelyn

Fresno, CA

#14 Feb 9, 2008
PEOPLE NEED TO STOP KILLING WHALES!
Joscelyn

Fresno, CA

#15 Feb 9, 2008
WHO EVER KILLS A WHALE SHOOD GO TO JAIL! WHALES ARE VERY NICE MAMALS. THEY SHOOD BE TREATED NICELY, NOT HORRIBLY! SOME WHALES DIE OF BEING WASHED UP TO LAND. THAT MAKES ME VERY SAD.

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