oceans

Storm Chaser

He was the sun cast adrift
Brine and salt sought to drown His light

The water broiled like an angry serpent,
hungry for mast bones and wooden skin
A plea broke out over the din of the beast
“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Among acolytes he rose, steadfast and aglow
with righteous divinity
He denounced the wind that cut deeper than the sword
He banished the waves that climbed higher than mountains

“Quiet! Be still!”
He commanded the storm and the storm obeyed
The sea yielded to the sun’s rays

“Why are you so afraid?”
He asked the awe-stricken faces
Fear forms the root from which
all natural affection takes its life

Helping The Green Sea Turtle

Type: Sea Turtle
Diet: Herbivore
Size: 1.5m
Weight: 68-190kgs
Location: Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Status: Endangered

Fun Fact

Green sea turtles play a vital role within their ecosystem. They feed on seagrass and trim the top, leaving the roots behind. This technique improves the health and growth of seagrass.

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Battle Scars

I know you my enemy
Do I terrify?
Hide in darkest depths
My will is indomitable
I will hunt until
the ends of the earth

Down here light
Cannot penetrate
It’s a place where
Our songs shake
The world around us

Flash of gold
Twitch of silver
I have you in sight

Tentacles whip
Razor sharp and wild
Teeth latch on to
Ghostly flesh
And we dive
Immortal adversaries
waging a war as
Old as bones

Lacking a spine
Doesn’t stop your bravery
I feel your struggle
Tearing and flailing
In a mad zest for life
But I have known hunger
And I will never know it again

The battle ceases
Scars are etched
I will carry them proudly
Until we fight again
Until waves dry up
Until the end

Whale Song

How many have heard your song?
Melody of the waves
carrying up from hidden depths
the symphony of fathers
calling to their children
in an orchestra of supple
siren sounds
mackerel flit
silver scaled shimmers
trapped within a web of bubbles
shoot towards sun drenched haze
tail slapping
your song is all that remains

Sea Shepherd

The illegal poaching of whales and dolphins is an ongoing problem, despite many countries outlawing the practice. In this Acts of Charity segment I’m putting Sea Shepherd  in the spotlight for their dedication to saving whales and all marine life from harm. Their England charter, Sea Shepherd UK aim to conserve and protect the world’s marine ecosystems and species. They document, investigate, enforce conservation laws and prevent violations of international treaties.

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Stopping The Persecution Of Whale Sharks

With environmental risks like pollution and overfishing, it’s little secret there are many fish species on the endangered list. Such is the case with the whale shark,  known to be a docile creature that allow divers to hitch a ride on its fins. It’s been reported that a dead whale shark has been spotted hanging from a winch off the Chinese coast. The culprits were two fishermen called Liao and Huang and they have been arrested by the authorities for selling the animal on the fish market.

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The Sleek And Deadly Leopard Seal


A feature named ‘The Hunter’s High Road.’ Check back to see an animal that represents the apex of predatory evolution. Carnivores come in a range of shapes and sizes, using a variety of tricks to catch their prey. Some are powerful, some are beautiful. All are deadly.

seal1When thinking of seals a popular image is seeing them as small, cute and cuddly with bright, innocent eyes. Not every seal is docile, particularly in the case of the leopard seal. At a length of 2.4-3.5m and weighing from 440 to 1320lbs the animal is the second largest species in the Antarctic. They are apex predators, second only to killer whales in their dominance of Antarctica.

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Peru Takes A Step Forward To Protect Manta Rays

The sea is full of wondrous creatures, from huge basking sharks to swordfish swinging and slashing with their bills. One of the most majestic animals is the giant manta ray with its large ‘wings’ as it glides across the ocean floor. Mantas are considered a Chinese delicacy, with gill trade amounting to $30 million a year and 99% of it being accounted by the Chinese province of Guangzhou. The gills are also used in medicine to enhance blood flow, lower toxins, cure cancer and treat smallpox. No scientific evidence exists that manta potions are capable of doing these things.

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Does The Jellyfish Have A Secret Swimming Technique?

It’s long been assumed by science that animals need to exert pressure on the ground, air or water in order to move, whether they’re walking, running, swimming or flying. With this pressure comes the ability to move forward but a recent study published on Tuesday may change the way we think about momentum and movement.

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Happy World Oceans Day!

Today marks World Oceans Day, an annual event dedicated to honouring the oceans and the marine life they provide for. The oceans are a giver of life, a place of international trade and an indispensable part of the planet. Global pollution and the over-consumption of fish are threats undermining the natural order, so in the spirit of the day why not raise awareness of ocean protection.

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