marine wildlife conservation

10 Reasons Why Orca Whales Should NOT be at Seaworld (Or Any Marine Park)

  1. In the wild, orcas swim up to 100 miles a day. They are confined into a small tank in captivity. 
  2. Their collapsed dorsal fins (pictured above) are a sign of an unhealthy whale. All male orcas in captivity have a collapsed dorsal fin. Less than 1% of orcas have this condition in the wild.
  3. Orcas do not live up to their nickname “killer whale”. There has not been one incident of an orca killing a human in the wild. However, in captivity, orcas have killed 3 humans and injured 151 reported injury incidences.
  4. On average, orcas live up to 50 years old in the wild. Some females have been reported to live 80-100 years old. Seaworld’s average orca life span is 13 years old.
  5. Family is important to orcas. In the wild, their pods include generations upon generations of their family. Marine parks do not keep their families together. In fact, babies are taken from their mothers. This is psychologically traumatizing to the whales. 
  6. Whale fights are common in the tanks because they are not in their pods and they are, literally, mentally ill. In a tank, whales can’t flee from fights like they can in the wild. These whales get brutally injured and sometimes killed by other whales in the tank.
  7. Pods have their own languages. In a tank with other whales who have different languages. Imagine living with somebody who speaks a different language with you and you cannot use hand motions. Frustrating right?
  8. Not only are the tanks in marine parks WAY too small for this wild animal, in the wild, marine mammals live in a habitat full of MANY other marine plants and animals. In captivity, they live in a cement, chlorinated tank.
  9. Since 1961, 141 whales have been captured. 125 of these whales have died.
  10. The brain of an orca is 4 times larger than the human brain. It has been confirmed their intelligence matches to ours, if not more.

Just imagine living in cement room with a few other people who don’t speak your language. Imagine not knowing if you will ever see your family again. Imagine being forced to do performances for others and being fed one thing for the rest of your life. Imagine being confined in a cement room when there is a whole world out there to explore.

So, how can you help? It’s easy! boycott sea world. Without the revenue, they are forced to shut down their business. Also, education is important. Remind the public of what is going on. 

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A Conservation Success Story:  The Grey Seal

Also known as the Atlantic seal and the horsehead seal, the grey seal is found in the Western North Atlantic, the British Isles, and the Baltic Sea.  In the United States, its population was nearly wiped out due to hunting for its oil, meat, and skin.  Since 1972 in the United States, and 1970 in the United Kingdom (except for Northern Ireland), seal hunting has been banned.  Since then, the population in the United States has rebounded thanks to migration of seals from the coast of Canada.

Hunting grey seals is currently practiced in eight countries: Canada, where most of the world’s seal hunting takes place, Namibia, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Finland, and Sweden.  All of these countries have quotas, except for Russia.  Canada’s quota is unfortunately very high, and highly criticized.

Images:  1 & 2,  3

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Today, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a total protected area of 582,578 square miles – making it the largest marine protected area on Earth. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Top and bottom photos courtesy of James Watt, middle photo by Lindsey Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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As a part of our “wildlife watching” stops, #mypubliclandsroadtrip explores the rocky intertidal habitat of the California Coastal National Monument, home to many dynamic and sensitive seabirds. 

The carrot beaked bird shown here, the Black Oystercatcher, is dependent upon the untrammeled off-shore rocks and tide pools for breeding and foraging sites. Tidepooling – for interesting sea stars, crabs, limpets, and green anemones – is a favorite past time for Californians and a destination for visitors from around the world. We share this bird’s habitat for our health, play, work, discovery, and enjoyment. Please do not disturb or take tidepool organisms as they are an important part of the home of seals, sea lions, birds, and many wildlife species that use these rocks.  Along its 1,100 mile length, the California Coastal National Monument is a spectacular interplay of land and sea that reinforces the lasting connections between ourselves and nature. Explore #yourlands.

Photos by David Ledig, BLM

U.S and China Announce an Agreement on Wildlife Trafficking, Including Ivory, and Ocean Conservation

Fantastic progress on two really important issues. Now the politicians in DC who give a damn about protecting elephants will have to take on the NRA and its efforts to detonate the proposed rule of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to tighten control over our domestic ivory trade.

From the White House Briefing Room:

Wildlife Trafficking

The United States and China, recognizing the importance and urgency of combating wildlife trafficking, commit to take positive measures to address this global challenge.  The United States and China commit to enact nearly complete bans on ivory import and export, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies, and to take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory.  The two sides decided to further cooperate in joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing, and public education on combating wildlife trafficking, and enhance international law enforcement cooperation in this field.  The United States and China decided to cooperate with other nations in a comprehensive effort to combat wildlife trafficking.

Ocean Conservation

The United States and China intend to pursue actively cooperation on polar and ocean matters, including projects related to ocean conservation and expanding joint polar research efforts, and will work together on the proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.  The two sides also plan to support additional bilateral efforts in these fields, including ocean acidification monitoring and a partnership between the coastal cities of Xiamen and Weihai in China and San Francisco and New York in the United States to share best practices to reduce the flow of trash into the ocean.

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Tonight (July 29) on LIFE ON THE REEF, witness the explosion of life on the Great Barrier Reef as the wet season approaches: corals spawn, sea birds nest and thousands of turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches. Soon torrential rain and storms will bring change and upheaval to the delicate ecosystem. At 7pm CT, 6 MT. 

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Also 25% of the proceeds will go to @surfrider to help conserve marine wildlife. Stay healthy friends

anonymous asked:

Percabeth AU where they're single parents at a birthday party their kids were both at

  • it was Samuel Beauregard Beckendorf’s 6th birthday party and anyone who is anyone in Ms. Gardner’s kindergarten class was in attendance 
  • Percy was there with his daughter Jane 
  • him and his ex Rachel had never been married and broke up when Jane was 2 
  • Percy is head of the Community Outreach Department at Poseidon’s Palace, one of the largest aquariums in the country, and spends his days going to schools and hosting field trips, teaching people of all ages about marine wildlife conservation 
  • Annabeth was there with her son Marshall 
  • her and her now ex husband Luke had gotten together in college when their mutual best friend Thalia died in an accident and got divorced when Marshall was 4 because they realized their grief no longer bonded them the way it once had 
  • Luke had somewhat faded from the picture and Annabeth had to make sure to not let her job as a very in demand architect get in the way of being there for her son 
  • they bump into each other at the snack table, both grabbing for the last plate of nachos 
  • Percy graciously gives it up and Annabeth insists that they share 
  • they spend the next three hours chatting away, with several interruptions by their respective children 
  • when the party is over Percy thanks Annabeth for her company and carries a sleepy Jane away 
  • Silena, Samuel’s mom and Annabeth’s childhood friend walks up behind her, “That’s the DILF I was telling you about, isn’t he a total babe? I wouldn’t mind seeing his birthday suit” 
  • “Aren’t you happily married?”
  •  “Oh, very. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a beautiful man when I see one. Actually, it helps keep Charlie on his toes.” 
  • weeks go by and Annabeth can’t stop thinking about those beautiful sea green eyes, and Silena’s incessant questions about whether or not Annabeth has run into him don’t help 
  • then one day Annabeth gets caught in a meeting and is quite late to pick Marshall up from school 
  • all of her texts asking Luke to pick him up go unanswered and her uncle Chiron who raised her is out of town at a family reunion 
  • when she gets to the school she sees Marshall running alongside Jane, being chased by Percy 
  • she apologizes to Marshall for being late, though he seems unfazed and thanks Percy emphatically 
  • “No problem at all. It’s my day to pick up the munchkin and when I saw Marshall I just uh..” his face gets bright red 
  • “You what?” she asked, and she can’t stop to think too much about the hope that swells in her chest 
  • “I was hoping to run into you.” 
  • before she could respond, Jane tackled her dad, asking if Marshall and his mom could come get ice cream with them 
  • “I love ice cream!” Marshall interjects 
  • “I guess we’re getting ice cream” Annabeth says with a smile 
  • that ice cream turns into weekly ice cream which turns into weekly dinners and then that becomes dinner whenever they can see each other 
  • by Samuel Beauregard Beckendorf’s 7th birthday Annabeth can confirm that Percy’s birthday suit is quite wonderful 
theguardian.com
What happens when the research underpinning conservation is wrong?
A public campaign to cull ‘invasive’ cownose rays was hugely successful. But re-examining the data revealed a horrible truth: the rays weren’t the problem
By Lauren Smith

“Scientific research must be open to objectivity, scepticism and acknowledgement of uncertainty – not to mention subject to robust peer review and rebuttals.”

As biologists we need to question everything. For the greater good of the environment, everything we research must be presented accurately.