Save the Waves is hosting a film festival Friday, November 12th in the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.  The second annual festival will feature a live performance by My Peoples before the world premiere of Dave Rastovich’s film Transparent Sea followed by a screening of 180 South.  Transparent Sea follows Rastovich’s journey along the Australian coast drawing attention to endangered whales threatened by over fishing, hunting, and pollution.

Doors open Friday, November 12 at 7 pm.  Film screening begins at 8 pm. 21 and over.

To purchase tickets click here.


Despite efforts from Australia’s government and numerous activist groups, Japan continues to aggressively hunt the ocean’s dwindling dolphin and whale populations.  May 31, 2010:  Australia declared decision to sue Japan at International Court of Justice on ruthless and brutal hunting of endangered whales.  Their action was spurred by Japan’s continuation of whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, an area dedicated to the preservation of global whale populations.  Japan argues their practice is justified by the International Whaling Commission act, IWC Article VIII, that allows the killing of whales for scientific purposes.

Similar action to Australia’s recent law suit has been taken against Japan for their mass slaughtering of dolphins at the killing cove in Taiji, Japan.  Surfers for Cetaceans is the activist group mainly responsible for exposing the dolphin hunters.

How to help:

Minds in the Water, follows professional surfer Dave Rastovich as he globe trots fighting to protect dolphins and whales from hunters.  Actively participate in the dolphin and whale population by joining the visual petition.

In October 2007 one of my favorite surfers, Dave Rastovich, joined by actresses Isabel Lucas and Hayden Panettiere participated in a peaceful paddle out in the waters of Taiji, Japan.  Acting as spokespersons for Save the Whales Again the group hoped to raise public awareness to the threats facing dolphins and whales in ocean habitats from human interaction and global warming.  The group risked arrest and injury to paddle out in honor of the 25,000 dolphins slaughtered each year in Japan.  Their efforts fought to draw attention to the grotesque mass murder of a species vital to our oceans.

This past June 2010, Save the Whales Again presented the International Whaling Commission with a petition to stop all commercial and scientific whaling by Japan, Norway, and Iceland.  Jeff Pantukhoff represented the 230,000 people that signed the petition by presenting it to the IWC in Agadir, Morocco.

Creatures of the sea deserve our attention and rely on our efforts to remain protected in their natural habitat.