Category: conservation

❌ DO NOT FEED THE FISH 🐠The final infographic…

❌ DO NOT FEED THE FISH 🐠

The final infographic from the Green Fins International Year of the Reef 2018 campaign is my favourite. 🐠 The first time I experienced fish feeding was at 16, snorkeling in Malaysia.
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The guide didn’t ask, I just felt the rain of bread 🍞
all around me. Hundreds of reef fish swimming frantically around me,
little nibbles, slimy swim-bys, I hated it but didn’t question it.
Surely the guide knew best?
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Fish feeding is now banned in
the marine park I was snorkeling in, but not all places are as strict.
We as tourists can demand better, we can ask people kindly to stop, we
can explain why, we can spread the word.

Palau, In Western Pacific, Is First Nation To …

Palau, In Western Pacific, Is First Nation To Ban ‘Reef-Toxic’ Sunscreens:

Great news from Palau 🇵🇼

Sunscreens with chemicals toxic to reefs are banned nationally, with fines of $1000 for retailers who provide them.

Two chemicals at the top of the no-go list are oxybenzone and
octinoxate. Oxybenzone can be lethal to coral, damages DNA in adults,
and causes developmental deformaties in coral larvae.

Worried about sunburn? Plan ahead, stay out of the midday sun cover up,
search for reef-safe sunscreens – small efforts have a huge benefit for
our reefs. 

First known omnivorous shark species identifie…

First known omnivorous shark species identified:

I don’t think we’ll ever know the true depth of the ocean’s mysteries!

Redefine the Dive: 10 Tips to Dive Sustainably

Redefine the Dive: 10 Tips to Dive Sustainably:

My latest article – top tips for being an environmentally responsible SCUBA diver! From proper weighting to putting your money where your mouth is, make sure your dives are doing more good than harm!

Could seaweed solve Indonesia’s plastic crisis…

Could seaweed solve Indonesia’s plastic crisis?:

Seaweed is cheap to produce as it is cultivated offshore, grows quickly and doesn’t require fresh water or chemicals to grow successfully. Seaweed beds are also natural carbon sinks, de-acidifying water. 

A front-row seat to ocean pollution

A front-row seat to ocean pollution:

My latest article for the UN Environment. If you’ve ever been diving you know that the issue of marine debris is more than meets the eye. Divers are on the front line and are key to the solution to #BeatPlasticPollution! 

The planet is on edge of a global plastic cala…

The planet is on edge of a global plastic calamity | Erik Solheim:

“But let there be no doubt: we are on edge of a plastic calamity. Current projections show that global plastic production will skyrocket in the next 10-15 years.”

“Individuals are increasingly exercising their power as consumers; turning down plastic straws and cutlery, cleaning beaches and coastlines, and rethinking their purchase habits. If this happens enough, retailers will get the message and look for alternatives.”

Clifton Marine Debris. Marine debris is a majo…

Clifton Marine Debris. Marine debris is a major threat to marine life. Watch how volunteers are working to clean it up, and see how underwater debris differs from that on land #marineexplorer

Oh hey, Monday. So good to see you.

Oh hey, Monday. So good to see you.

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Yellow Margined Moray Eel (Gymnothorax flavimarginatus)
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Got an underwater camera? Practice that buoyancy. Get the guide to help you hover. Do a weight check. Don’t over flash. Don’t harass or chase or poke or prod. Be a good seatizen and don’t make the reef pay the ultimate price for your photo.

theonion:GAINESVILLE, FL—Upending the conventi…

theonion:

GAINESVILLE, FL—Upending the conventional theory that the animals are different species, a study conducted by marine biologists at the University of Florida confirmed Thursday that sharks are just really angry dolphins. “An exhaustive five-year-long field study combined with comprehensive DNA analysis proves that sharks are actually dolphins that are super fucking pissed,” said lead researcher Dr. Karen Delgado, noting that the reason sharks were considered solitary animals was because they were simply livid dolphins who needed to go off by themselves for a while to simmer down. “Once a dolphin becomes furious, it undergoes a number of physiological changes including growing several rows of jagged teeth, sprouting gills, and developing a layer of skin that seals up the blowhole. In rare cases, a dolphin can become so enraged that its head will morph into a flat, hammer-like shape. Eventually, the mammal calms down and rejoins the pod after its dolphin-like features return.” Delgado added that her team’s study comes in the wake of a similar discovery that walruses are profoundly wise sea lions.

To be fair…dolphins are already a**holes