Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive!

Vol. VII No. 3 July 1998

The Internet

by William Rossiter, CSI President

Is it time for an apology to all Whales Alive! readers who don't have computers for the increasing Internet material we discuss? Well, no. Instead we'd like to suggest that there is something to all this, and although it may seem like confusing gibberish at first, the Internet resources and access have revolutionized CSI, and truly helped cetaceans. If you have any doubts just find a way to ask what it's all about. Ask a child or neighbor, try your public library, and for starters see what CSI's web site looks like: http://csiwhalesalive.org [this site! - ed.]. You have probably heard that you can't believe everything that's on the Internet. That's why CSI is so careful about whatever we post or link to, and why the CSI web site is now "Recommended by Britannica Internet Guide, by Encyclopedia Britannica". Our most recent link is to http://csiwhalesalive.org/africa.html which provides a carefully researched resource on the marine mammals of Africa.

A restricted portion of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's web site was recently broken into by someone using a U.S. Navy pentagon address! WDCS' computer security system logged the intruder and method. The Navy and Scotland Yard are both investigating this criminal act. Whether motivated by paranoia about publicity with the Navy's use of dolphins or questions about WDCS' many campaigns, such as the trade in Black Sea dolphins, it was an appropriate warning to us all. Their comprehensive investigation into the Black Sea trade, by Niki Entrup and Doug Cartildge, is available from WDCS' Fran Clarke at <fclarke@wdcs.org>. The May 1998 report lists 43 known exports from Ukraine and Russia of bottlenose dolphins since 1990; over half are now dead.

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