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
silver scaled shimmers
trapped within a web of bubbles
shoot towards sun drenched haze
your song is all that remains
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.
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.
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.
When 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.
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.
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.
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.