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Eco solo sailor takes on Japan

DEC. 14 — When New Zealander David Taylor says he intends to “save the whales,” he puts his money where his mouth is.

At 54, Taylor left yesterday to sail solo into the Southern Ocean to record video footage of Japanese whalers to post on a Web Site in an effort to raise awareness, according to an article in New Zealand newspaper Bay of Plenty Times.

“It’s appalling,” he said in the report. “There’s no excuse for it at all, not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s definitely not scientific.”

Taylor waved goodbye to his fiancée, two adult daughters and grandchildren on his 34-foot steel Van der Stadt yacht, Anne Marie. Having sailed for 20 years, Taylor said he knows full well the risks that lay ahead, according to the report.

“I don’t want to go; I just feel I have to,” said Taylor in the report. “It’s very hard on my family and fiancée.”

Taylor, who has a science degree, said that there is no need to kill the whales for research purposes. He estimates the trip will take him two months.

— Elizabeth Ellis