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7 Underwater Facts for World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Together, let’s honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans!

1. While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean.

2. The ocean contains upwards of 99% of the world’s biosphere, that is, the spaces and places where life exists.

Both above GIFs are from the TED-Ed Lesson How big is the ocean? - Scott Gass

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3. Jellyfish are soft because they are 95% water and are mostly made of a translucent gel-like substance called mesoglea. With such delicate bodies, jellyfish rely on thousands of venom-containing stinging cells called cnidocytes for protection and prey capture.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How does a jellyfish sting? - Neosha S Kashef

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4. Plastics & litter that make their way into our oceans are swiftly carried by currents, ultimately winding up in huge circulating ocean systems called gyres. The earth has five gyres that act as gathering points, but the largest of all is known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and has grown so immense that the oceanic garbage patch can shift from around the size of Texas, to something the size of the United States. 

From the TED-Ed Lesson The nurdles’ quest for ocean domination - Kim Preshoff

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5. The 200 or so species of octopuses are mollusks belonging to the order Cephalopoda, Greek for ‘head-feet’. Those heads contain impressively large brains, with a brain to body ratio similar to that of other intelligent animals, and a complex nervous system with about as many neurons as that of a dog.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why the octopus brain is so extraordinary - Cláudio L. Guerra

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6. Some lucky animals are naturally endowed with bioluminescence, or the ability to create light. The firefly, the anglerfish, and a few more surprising creatures use this ability in many ways, including survival, hunting, and mating.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The brilliance of bioluminescence - Leslie Kenna

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7. Sea turtles ultimately grow from the size of a dinner plate to that of a dinner table. In the case of the leatherback sea turtle, this can take up to a decade. Happy World Turtle Day!

From the TED-Ed Lesson The survival of the sea turtle - Scott Gass

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The useless, stupid actions of people and their so-angry resistance to being advised against them will never cease to amaze. What gives Lovecraft the right to speak? A better question, why does the weed-thin shadow of a boy not recognize the authority present in the saltwater-stained air of the demigod.

          “I have the right.
           You don’t. Find a better place.”

Find a fire, find a garbage can like the rest of humanity, what gives this one boy the right to think he needs to throw a bunch of stupid nonsense into the waves. The ocean takes it, of course, because the water accepts any and all offerings thrown into it, good or bad. The ocean keeps, the ocean preserves.

But there is nothing about the mafia boy’s possessions that warrants preserving. None of it’s useful, nothing Lovecraft saw is decent as food for fish or homes, only garbage that further pollutes the waters of the bay he’s taken to lurking in for lack of anywhere else. The water is disgusting enough already (oil slicks coat his lungs for hours after he wades back out from a nap, a fond farewell note from tanker ships), there is absolutely no need to make it worse.

To the broken confused boy who enjoys two Christmases
Two halloweens
And two birthdays.
I’m sorry for what is to come.
I’m sorry that you are preconditioned to believe that love is either an expendable commodity
Or a life preserver in an ocean of insecurities.
You will come to find out that it is not that simple.
That people will come as quickly as they leave
That staying together is exactly as hard as your parents made it out to be.
But it’ll be ok.
One day the last remnants of your ever breaking heart will fit back together,
Even stronger than ever
And you will know that the people that helped shatter it are long gone.
So hold on.
Hold on.

Between 9 P.M. and midnight on Saturday, the southern face of the Empire State Building became a giant projection screen filled with images of a snow leopard, a manta ray, and other imperilled land and sea creatures. The event, “Projecting Change: The Empire State Building,” devised by Louie Psihoyos, the executive director of Oceanic Preservation Society, and the filmmaker and photographer Travis Threlkel, was a union of art, activism, and ambitious publicity stunt, designed to call attention to the plight of endangered species.

Watch the full video, produced by Nathan Fitch, on newyorker.com.

Little Fires

1: I am the fly,

2: underneath their magnifying glass.

3: They tilt it from side to side,

4: making different parts of me smoke and squirm—

5: inspecting without compassion,

HALF OF ME EXPECTED THIS; half of me wants to believe the other half is wrong. Ok, maybe not half. More like a fourth and that fraction is decreasing as I stand here, staring down at Sam’s kitchen countertop.

The U.S.S. Hope has sunk, leaving me stranded in a lifeboat which capsized at the contents of the drawer. These vitamins are my lifejacket, the only thing I have left between me and an ocean of despair. And now, looking my pink ‘vitamins’ versus Sam’s dad’s white ones, I can hear the air whistling out of my preserver. This ocean fills me with dread, unlike the one in Florida that had looked and sounded so peaceful.

“This might not be what you think,” Sam’s trying to tell me, but I can see in her eyes that it’s exactly what I think.

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My submission for the Beyond the Breach fan book, which is currently on Kickstarter! This is a non-profit fan project full of amazing artwork by amazing Pacific Rim fans, and all profit made will be donated to organizations focusing on ocean preservation and supporting creative spaces! You can see more pieces that will be in the book at the beyondthebreach tumblr! Check it out!

Raiju is one of my favorite kaiju designs in the movie, and one that on-screen for much time at all! So I wanted to show some love to this weird horse-faced crocodile flower monster.

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Racing Extinction premieres worldwide tonight, December 2nd, on Discovery at 9pm ET/PT.

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, “Racing Extinction” will change the way we see the world and our role within it.

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On this day in 1980, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Outstanding Natural Area in Oregon was established.

The BLM’s Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Outstanding Natural Area on the beautiful Oregon Coast features exhibits on seabirds and marine life as well as human history from the headland. You can see the wheelhouse of a historic ship, check out a recreated rocky island with all its inhabitants, and witness a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern.

Last year, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse underwent a 90 day preservation project, and involved scaffolding and re-painting the outside. Check out the improvements in BLM Oregon’s new video for visitors: http://youtu.be/EkHDQ82_cno.

This week: Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 opens, MoMA Film’s annual preservation festival presents rarities and restorations, and more. http://bit.ly/1MdhDWc

[Edson Chagas (Angolan, b. 1977). From Found Not Taken, Luanda. 2013. Installation of inkjet prints on pallets. Each print 18 7/8 × 26 3/4″ (48 × 68 cm). Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Courtesy the artist; APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia; and Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg. © 2015 Edson Chagas]

Sweet Dreams III by thomasconrad Diving during the day is great. But diving at night is something special. On this dive in the bahamas we had some great encounters. Even with this beautiful lemon shark. Most of us fear sharks more than mosquitos. Did you know that Mosquitos as carriers of Malaria and other Diseases kill up to 725.000 Persons each year. Crocodiles 1000. Snakes 50.000. Sharks kill 5 to 10 Persons each year.

Whether we fear sharks or not…we should preserve our oceans!