A famous surfer has proposed on social media that France’s government should cull sharks daily to resolve the issue of an increase in shark attacks. Culling is cruel and ineffective and should not be promoted by an influential public figure. Tell this surfer that sharks belong in the ocean by signing this petition.
15,000 lives have been killed by sharks nets!
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Imagine you’re taking a day to relax on the beach. There’s a warm, gentle breeze rustling your voluminous, freshly-washed hair –you pretty much look like a super model. You reach for a chip and hear the crinkle of cellophane mixing with the hypnotic sounds of the surf crash against the beach. As the sun presses down on your oiled bronzing skin, you grab your water bottle feel the cool plastic, slick from perspiration, beneath your palm as you take a swig of the ice cold water. Now imagine a 37-foot sperm whale washing up dead at your feet on the beach. Back to reality . . .
A juvenile sperm whale recently washed up dead on a beach of the Davao Gulf just outside of a resort in Samal, located in the Philippines. The autopsy revealed that the whale had, “large amounts of plastic trash, fishing nets, hooks and even a piece of coco lumber in its stomach,” and experts believe the cause of death for this majestic creature was choking on plastic. Seems a little crazy that such a mammoth whale could be taken down by plastic, but this is not the first time this has happened. Of the 54 whale deaths that have been reported in the Davao Gulf, only four of them can be attributed to natural causes. That means that 50 whales have died because of human industry and pollution. This is unacceptable, but how do we stop these senseless deaths?
The Next Time You Use Disposable Plastics – Think of a Dead 37-Foot Sperm Whale
So think back to your fictional day on the beach. Did you know that 18,000 tons of shampoo bottles are thrown out every year? Or that 40 billion plastic bottles end up in landfill every year. We generate around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste annually and only 15 percent of it is recycled – the majority of it makes it back into our oceans. From there it makes it into the stomachs and throats of marine life like the young sperm whale in this picture. Plastic pollution chokes, cuts, and entangles marine life and is currently endangering 700 different species with extinction around the world. So the next time you’re fantasizing about your perfect day, cut disposable plastics out of the picture, and while you’re at it – cut them out of your real life as well. Join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign to learn about how you can stop plastic pollution at the source. Stop daydreaming about saving the world and start doing it.
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Precious marine habitat and sea life are being threatened by a planned memorial to a warrior king off the coast of Mumbai. Sign this petition to stop the building of this memorial and protect the marine environment and sea life in the Arabian Sea.
Sign our petition to the city council of Sinsheim and help us protect sharks from being subjected to a sad existence in an aquarium!
Rare Seal Has Four Gorgeous Stripes
By Christian Cotroneo
Oct. 04, 2016
It’s not every day one of the world’s most famous sea hermits pays a visit to the beach. And you might think he got all dressed up for the occasion.
When an ultra-reclusive ribboned seal was spotted on Washington’s state’s Long Beach Peninsula in August, marine scientists wasted no time in snapping a picture before the seal ambled back into the waves.
With a population of around 400,000, mostly in the North Pacific Ocean, ribbon seals aren’t especially rare — they’re designated as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
That puts them squarely on the organization’s lowest rung when it comes to assessing how close an animal is to becoming extinct.
Strange then, that the last ribbon seal sighting was back in 2012, when an adult seal known only as B310 made a cameo appearance on a Seattle woman’s dock.
Unlike their cousins — harbor seals are famous for leaving their babies on shore while they forage for food — these mammals don’t bother much with dry land.
And if they do, it’s generally closer to their traditional home in the High Arctic. Ribbon seals typically frequent the frigid waters off Alaska and Russia, where it might seem their brilliant banded coats are wasted.
But aside from awing the rare human who comes across one, these bands may also help ribbon seals identify worthy mates.
The seal’s seclusive ways may have also contributed to a sense of mystery. The animals keep their secrets, often literally, close to their vest. For example, they’re the only seals who boast an internal air sac — the purpose of which still eludes scientists.
But sadly, we may start to see more ribbon seals stray from their natural climes. The animals rely on Arctic sea ice for birthing their pups. As that ice steadily disappears, so too does their natural habitat.
And too often, we’ve seen what happens when animals stray too close to where humans live.
Seals spotted on the shore are too often mistaken for being in trouble. But ultimately, the only distress they experience comes at the hands of humans thinking they’re helping.
And yes, some seals do wash up in dire need of human intervention. But in those rare cases, the best thing to do is call the experts, like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the agency responsible for keeping marine animals safe.
If you come across an animal who looks to be in real trouble, call the agency’s hotline at 800-853-1964.
Seals, whales and penguins are facing starvation due to the Antarctic krill supplement industry. By selling these supplements, Target is supporting this deceiving and destructive multibillion dollar business. Target must stop the destruction and take a stand against the krill supplement industry by no longer carrying their products.
Coral reefs in China are being devastated by both poaching and construction projects. Demand protection for these incredible marvels of the world before they are destroyed forever.
You only use a little bit of suncreen — a squeeze of the bottle or two or three sprays. Sure, it has some chemical ingredients, but it won’t kill anyone, right? Wrong. Sunscreen is actually one of the culprits of putting over 60 percent of the planet’s coral reefs in critical danger — and bringing a whole lot of other wildlife down with them.
About 80 percent of reefs in the Caribbean have been lost in the last 50 years, and while coral reefs only occupy one percent of the ocean’s floor, its loss wouldn’t just mean the demise of awe-inspiring nature. Nearly one million species of fish, invertebrates and algae are estimated to live in these “biodiversity hotspots” and they generate billions of dollars yearly to humans via the tourism industry. How can a little bit of sunscreen then be to blame for this much destruction?
Millions of little bits add up
While the quantity of sunscreen one person uses is fairly small, as millions of people visit beaches around the world, that amount adds up quickly. The U.S. National Park Service estimates that between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen enter coral reef areas around the world each year.
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Coral Reefs are sensitive living beings
While the tons of sunscreen in the ocean are still only equivalent to a drop of water in an Olympic swimming pool, reefs are sensitive living beings and it is still more than enough to harm them.
Bleaching is a death sentence
The beautiful colors that coral reefs are famous for are what actually keeps them alive. Corals are made up of tiny soft-bodied animals called polyps. Inside the polyps lives a form of algae that uses photosynthesis to feed the coral and keep it alive. The algae make the coral colorful and as generations of these polyps grow attached and close to one another, they create the antler shaped reefs on the floor of the ocean.
Oxybenzone, one of the UV blocking ingredients in sunscreen, makes the coral sick. When the coral is sick, it expels the algae living in it and without it, the coral loses its color and, very often, its life.
It kills baby coral (and hope for newer generations of coral)
A recent study also found that oxybenzone produces deformities in young coral and alters its DNA so that instead of harboring the life-giving algae inside it, it encases itself in its own skeleton, both leading to death. If young coral die, there’s no way for reefs to replenish themselves.
So what now?
Should humans then risk cancer to protect coral reefs? Thankfully, one must not make that choice and, according to the National Park Service, reading the labels on sunscreen bottles should suffice. Sunscreens with titanium oxide or zinc oxide have not been found to harm reefs, and the nonprofit Environmental Working Group has an extensive list of coral-friendly sunscreens for reference on its website.
Another option is to cover up with clothing like a wetsuit instead of slathering on sunscreen, which keeps all body parts covered and the water clear of residue.
May 27th, 2016. Seal pupping season is underway in New England. If you are headed to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, you might see a seal pup resting on the beach.
There is no selfie stick long enough !
As tempting as it might be to get that perfect shot of yourself or your child with an adorable seal pup, please do the right thing and leave the seal pup alone. Getting too close to a wild animal puts you—and the animal—at risk.
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