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.
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.
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.
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.
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 bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay National Park encompasses some of our continent’s most amazing scenery and wildness. If we need a place to intrigue and inspire us, this is it. Alaska’s Glacier Bay is a living laboratory, a designated wilderness, a biosphere reserve and a world heritage site. It’s a marine park, where great adventure awaits by boating into inlets, coves and close to its dynamic, namesake glacier. It’s also a land park, with its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers and vast forests. Photo by National Park Service.
A commission for @followingyoucuseyoureawesome, a sweet romance for a cecaelia boyfriend. This story crosses over with my Levi stories because I wanna world build.Read about Levi here and here. Female reader and male monster, includes free tentacles.
You’ve been working with a research team on the ocean. Your teacher selected you and your group by hand to carry out his research for him while he healed in the hospital after a bought with illness. The place is huge and it opens right up on the ocean. When you aren’t carrying out his research projects or tending to labs and tests, you’re out on the ocean.
Your teacher talked often about the research he acquired here while working, going on and on about his adopted son Levi and how the two of them would go out beyond the reef and dive.
“Back when I was a young man, of course, I used to go much further, dive much deeper. I see in you the kind of excitement for preserving the ocean and the life there I once had,” he told you the day he selected you for the special team. “Just don’t get carried away like I did. It took Levi to make me realize sometimes working enough, not harder, is all you need.”
pairing: snowbaz words: 2400 summary: baz and penelope try to surprise simon at christmas and on his birthday, but simon is the one who ends up surprising them. a story about the slow process of recovery and some thoughts on the nature of hope. (inspired by this song from adventure time.) genre: mostly fluff, a touch of hurt/comfort and a little angst that (spoiler) turns out ok notes: this is the first fic i’ve posted on this blog and it’s pretty important to me, seeing as i am firmly in the Simon Snow Salisbury Deserved Better camp when it comes to the ending of carry on, so here is my revisionist self adding post-canon simon angst (plus resolution to said angst) and snowbaz fluffiness.
I had way too much fun with this one. It’s extra long. I’ll probably return to this one and enhance the characters, maybe even make it a story. Thanks to the anons who requested it!
“I want you to take care of him,” your grandfather says as he folds your hands over the cold keys. “He needs someone. He’s so lonely as it is.” He tells you all this from his hospital bed after having chased your parents from the room. “I know you’ll care for him, he’s been wanting to meet you.”
You take the keys and hold them close, tucking them away when your family comes back into the room. When you’re able to break away from the group you follow your grandfather’s instructions to the letter. You go to his house and follow the little background road behind it, leading through the woods and down a cliffside to an observatory on the banks of the ocean, part of it coming from the water and extending out into it.
Your grandfather used to be a famous marine biologist and rumors had once bubbled about your family that he had been some sort of eco-terrorist fighting for the protection and preservation of the ocean. He had kept to himself in his old age, never quite retiring and still continuing his studies even as he laid in his hospital bed.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence. She was given the name “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. She has several years’ experience as a research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations, and is the former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the 1960s, she fought to join male-only expeditions, and has since clocked 7,000 hours of diving. As well as a PhD. from Duke University, she has 22 honorary degrees, has published more than 190 articles, and speaks all over the world. Her focus is on preserving oceanic biodiversity in the wake of climate change.
Thanks to Dr. Earle and her fearless curiosity we know more about our oceans today than ever before. Her lifetime of work has enriched us with a deeper understanding of how to live sustainably and symbiotically with marine life, and our oceans are healthier because of her commitment to environmentalism. Currently her non-profit Mission Blue organization leads an alliance seeking to vastly expand the number of ocean preserves to protect marine life from overfishing, pollution, and development.
The timeline to extinction is an important plot device throughout the series: it both shows how important Silveny’s discovery is and provides political advantages for the Neverseen over the Council. All in all, it’s a well-placed part of the plot. But logically - it’s kind of trash.
Yes, we all know Shannon didn’t exactly major in the sciences, and it’s been an understandably long enough time since she went to high school to forget some crucial facts about evolution, but as an overenthusiastic nerd who passed biology over the summer, the Timeline to Exctinction is pissing me off.
To start, evolution has literally been happening since the beginning of life. So, for 2.6 billion years, species have been changing to meet their changing environment. When their genes no longer produce phenotypes that help them survive in their habitat, the only thing that keeps the organisms alive besides emigrating is mutations. A species’ genes will mutate to fit their new space of living, and those without the adaptions will die out; it’s survival of the fittest. The gene flow keeps organisms changing to survive. However, this means that species are constantly going extinct and being created.
To put that into perspective: over nintey-nine percent of the world’s five billion species that have ever existed are extinct.
But in Keeper, apparently, a species has never gone extinct. They’re kept them alive because it’s nature’s will and we’re all doomed if they don’t. Now, I’m definitely aware that this usually applies to the species that humans are responsible for the “extinction” of. But they have Verdi. They have mammoths, if my memory is serving me correctly. Which also means they have every other species since the beginning of elven history and civilization. If they have T-Rexes, then they’ve definitely been here a while (which also rubs me up the wrong way, because dinosaurs died out before the common mammal was even a hint of an idea).
So let’s say they do have every endangered species they’ve been able to save crammed under the Himalayas. They would have to keep…let’s see… archaea bacteria, which aren’t visible to the naked eye…saber-tooth-tigers…megladons, which would definitely eat every other endangered fish in the assumed Santuary Ocean Preserve™, unless, like Iggy and Verdi, it was placed on a vegetarian diet.
Speaking of which, that brings me to my conclusion. The elves are feeding every animal, including every carnivore, in their captivity only vegetables. Sure, yeah, their cheeseburger-flavored leaves probably have the same nutritional value as meat, but that doesn’t mean it’s natural. In fact, in Neverseen, the wild kelpies eat meat. It’s their natural diet when living in their own habitats. But the elves are supposedly “keeping up the balance of nature” by locking up hundreds of millions of species, possibly more, under a mountain range and forcing them to adapt to unnatural vegetation diets. They’re also keeping animals like mammoths in places like Havenfeild (there’s a mammoth preserve there, in pretty sure) when the reason they can’t live in the wild anymore is because we’re no longer in an ice age! They shouldn’t live here anymore! Neither can the countless other species that have either evolved into species better suited for the earth’s climate and biome! If they’re no longer even able to survive in the wild, how is it upholding nature’s will to keep them captive, and how will the extinction of a species that no longer contributes to the environment outside a synthesized enclosure cause an irreversible chain reaction of extinction?
So, what I’m trying to convey is that the elves need to back off their bullshit and think in terms of upholding the earth’s natural biome and not preserving every species that’s ever lived. Thank you for listening to my nerd-ass rant/analysis.
Meet Dumbo the dancing deep sea octopus performing its debut aqua ballet all the way from the Arctic. Filmed at 960m deep by #ROV (remote operated vehicle) while we watched on in awe from the boat above. A mesmerizing sight to behold. More to come . We humans must do more to help preserve our Ocean Planet. .
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