Our Living Oceans

Thank you Inda.
What a beautiful post with such lovely images.

I hope that humans will protect the oceans and all the magical things that live in it.

You are right Inda and yoko, we need to stop overfishing which destroys the balance of the oceans.

Love,
Vicky

Thank you yoko and Vicky.

This information is from an older post:

Coral reefs are part of the foundation of the ocean food chain. Nearly half of the fish the world eats make their homes around them. Hundred of millions of people worldwide depend on them for their food.

If the reefs vanish, experts say, hunger, poverty and political instability could ensue.
Whole nations will be threatened in terms of their existence.

Numerous studies predict coral reefs are headed for extinction worldwide, largely because of global warming, pollution and coastal developement, but also because of damage from bottom-dragging fishing boats and the international trade in jewelry and ornaments made of coral.

If the reefs die-off fish will become a luxury food item. We alrerady have a billion people facing hunger, and this would just aggrevate the system. The economic damage would be enormous.

Most of this information comes from 'The Honolulu Advertiser', Friday, March 26, 2010


Thank you Inda.

Our underwater world is so beautiful, let us keep it that way.

Unfortunately,on April 24, the Coast Guard reported that more than 40,000 gal. of crude oil a day was leaking into the Gulf waters just 50 miles south of the coast of Louisiana.
And I am sure that this is not the only man-made disaster.

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Originally posted by dear Inda:
Let us keep our oceans clean, healthy and intact.



Amen and AWOMEN!


Be nice to the oceans or else..


Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Thank you Teo.

Let us keep the oceans intact for all the beings who call it their habitat, otherwise all these beings will become extinct.

Love, Inda
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...So sing one day to all of us
The songs you learned in dol-phin lair
Giving home to life as all we must
And teach us how their grace to share

John Denver
Inda, I hope you don't mind but I copied this information that you posted some time ago. I feel that it is very appropriate here:

Coral reefs are part of the foundation of the ocean food chain. Nearly half of the fish the world eats make their homes around them. Hundred of millions of people worldwide depend on them for their food.

If the reefs vanish, experts say, hunger, poverty and political instability could ensue.
Whole nations will be threatened in terms of their existence.

Numerous studies predict coral reefs are headed for extinction worldwide, largely because of global warming, pollution and coastal developement, but also because of damage from bottom-dragging fishing boats and the international trade in jewelry and ornaments made of coral.

If the reefs die-off fish will become a luxury food item. We alrerady have a billion people facing hunger, and this would just aggrevate the system. The economic damage would be enormous.

Most of this information comes from 'The Honolulu Advertiser', Friday, March 26, 2010


1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption

Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.

2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices

Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products

Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.

4. Help Take Care of the Beach

Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.

5. Don't Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life

Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.

6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner

Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.

7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.

8. Influence Change in Your Community

Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.

 

9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly

Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.

10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.

From National Geographic

Jellyfish have drifted along on ocean currents for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth. The jellylike creatures pulse along on ocean currents and are abundant in cold and warm ocean water, in deep water, and along coastlines. But despite their name, jellyfish aren't actually fish—they're invertebrates, or animals with no backbones.

Information and images from 'National Geographic.'

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Jellyfish stings can be painful to humans and sometimes very dangerous. But jellyfish don't purposely attack humans. Most stings occur when people accidentally touch a jellyfish, but if the sting is from a dangerous species, it can be deadly.

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Being 95 percent water and gelatinous is a good strategy on an ocean planet, which is why jellyfish have survived for hundreds of millions of years.

The term covers thousands of species in two barely related categories: the comb jellies and the medusozoans, such as the Atlantic bay nettle, featured at bottom. It’s a familiar menace to swimmers in the Chesapeake Bay.

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