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Save the Whales!
YC 121-03-12 • Kaldgronnur Harn • Gelfiven V
One of the last remaining herds of wild Gelfiven whales is under threat as new algae and fish farms continue to encroach on the animals’ feeding waters. Numerous activists from around the system have gathered on the Kaldgronnur sea platform cluster to protest against Native Freshfood expansion in this area.
“We must save our whales!” - said a middle-aged office manager from Gelfiven VI.
“Those animals were enslaved by the Amarr, and now they are free, like we are! They do us no harm! How can we treat them like that and put them back into protein farms?” - cried a teenage vegan activist from Matar.
“The hvalir have deep connection with the world spirit. Aoonathea watches over her children. Do not incur her wrath.” - warned an elderly local mystic.
The animals known to the locals as “whales” were first introduced to the oceans of Gelfiven V almost four hundred years ago by the Amarrians to be farmed for meat. These peaceful, majestic, bioluminescent creatures resemble a cross between a giant manta ray and a cuttlefish and can grow up to 60 m long. Herds of Gelfiven whales are commonly kept by the sea drifter clans here, but during the rise of the Republic, a wild population also formed - and it’s the whales freed by the Rebellion who are now slowly going extinct.
“If anything, the wild whales are a nuisance. They interbreed with our livestock. During the starfall season young females break away from our herds and we find uninvited guests on our pastures all the time.” - said a whale shepherd from the nearby Osvestur Harn. - “I know the seers don’t like that, but last year we had to shoot two most persistent ones to keep the rest away.”
“They should shut down the starport. We don’t need no fish-hugging wackos from all around the world in here.” - complained a grizzled fisherman in the local bar. - “I can’t even get to me boat!”
“The wild whales are more of a symbol to those people.” - commented Dr. Hyrri Halsigur, former employee of the Tidal Cove Marine Biology Lab. - “They are not an indigenious species, and plenty of them are still being kept on the farms. There’ll be little to no loss of biological diversity even if that particular herd is gone.”
As of today, the Native Freshfood subsidiaries still continue to expand the algae farm network around Kaldgronnur despite the ongoing protests.