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We talk a lot about water conservation and keeping our waterways healthy and clean around here, but I don’t think we focus as much on the why’s. Of course, we need clean drinking water to live and we want to protect our world’s ecosystems, but it’s always refreshing to hear from folks who are out there on the ground (or, in this case, in the oceans) talk about why this is so important.
In this inspiring talk, Arjen Weijers from Sea Shepherds talked about what they do and why it’s critical to our future.
More than 100 million people depend on coral reefs for food. Even so, overfishing of algae-eating fish and pollution have caused many reefs to decline or die out altogether. What can be done about it? Join Science magazine’s Live Chat: Saving Coral Reefs this Thursday, Sep 1 at 3 p.m. EDT.
This awesome infographic below, created by a Reusable Shopping Bags, is sure to present you with a handful of shocking ocean facts. In fact, I’ve never seen an infographic with so many amazing facts I wasn’t previously aware of. From the facts about marine animals to those about the ocean as a whole to those about oil and pollution in the ocean, there’s a lot of both fascinating and disturbing stuff here. It doesn’t discuss the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean Garbage Patches, but I guess that’s old news now….
Researchers have discovered that Cetacea, long thought to be “the most distinctive and highly specialized orders of mammals” actually exhibit characteristics of “personhood.”Â Like chimpanzees, whales and dolphins exhibit “considerable social complexity and individual distinction.”Â Scientists believe future research will prove Cetacean personhood will approach that of primates.Â Such research gives even more significance to […]
Large predatory fishes are disappearing from Caribbean coral reefs, and the region’s food web and fisheries are endangered due to the rise in human population, according to new research by Chris Stallings of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. The new study documents ‘ominous patterns’ in the decline of marine life in the […]
Most fish species in the Pacific Ocean are declining except for the Humboldt squid named after the Humboldt Current in South America. The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) is notoriously aggressive and can weigh as much as 100 pounds. Called the diablos rojos, or red devils, by Mexican fisherman, the Humboldt Squid can take off your […]
Earlier this month, the Pacific Fishery Management Council met and created three public review options for the West Coast 2009 salmon season. Unfortunately for commercial salmon fisherman in California, all three options include no season for the second year in a row.Â California sport fisherman may be allowed to fish for 10 days in August […]
Last month, biologists warned killer whales’ existence is being threatened by California water issues that negatively affect salmon populations. Specifically endangered are the southern resident orcas that live in Puget Sound but have been seen as far south as Monterey Bay since 2000.Â There are 83 southern resident killer whales.
Advocates for rainforest conservation often cite how these forests are “nature’s medicine cabinet“. With only one percent of the world’s tropical plants tested for their medicinal properties and 120 prescription drugs originating in rainforest plants already, the cure to many illnesses may be contained in these tropical forests. What about our oceans? Could they also […]