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Via FinFree Sydney:

ATTN: @justinbieber and Bieber fans. Justin needs some friendly education. Sharks are integral to healthy oceans and a healthy planet. Without sharks, the entire ecosystem will collapse. Sharks as a collective species, face global extinction by 2050 if they are still finned at this current rate. Justin is not doing them any favours by creating fear mongering. Any reef shark may bite if it is scared or accidentally knocked - like any animal. You are swimming in THEIR home, respect them.

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This is apparently not a shark bite but a scratch from coral or something else sharp on the reef.  But good job being a fear mongering arse.  SMFH

Sunscreen PSA

(Be aware that this PSA applies to all bodies of water, even man made pools, as the chemicals will still be carried into the ocean.)

It’s well known fact that the ocean is in critical danger from pollution. We are in the middle of a mass extinction event that is being severely advanced by human activity. The ocean drives the Earth’s life and weather. If it fails, we are doomed.

As of today, over 90% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead.

Gone.

Decaying.

Kaput.


What can we possibly do to help?
Switch to a reef safe sunscreen. Every little thing you do to take the pressure off of reefs will help in their recovery and preservation.

Sunscreen isn’t reef safe? Huh?
The main ingredient in a vast majority of sunscreen brands is something called oxybenzone along with a slew of other chemicals. Oxybenzone and the like is toxic to coral and damaging to fish and crustaceans. Even some “natural” ingredients such as mineral oil are deadly, as it biodegrades very slowly and is harmful to all sea life. It causes the corals to bleach themselves, a process in which the symbiotic algae is ejected from the coral. Coral can sometimes survive a bleaching event but with other pollutants and high heat, they almost never do.

That’s awful! But if it’s in all sunscreen, how can I possibly be safe in the sun and save the reefs?
That’s easy! Start using a “reef safe” sunscreen! These sunscreens contain only zinc or titanium oxide as the active ingredient, a powerful UVB and UVA blocker that is completely reef safe! It’s also great for those with sensitive skin.

Awesome! Where can I find reef safe sunscreen?
You can find reef safe sunscreen in dive shops and most stores that carry sunscreen. Just make sure the only active ingredients are “zinc oxide” or “titanium oxide”. Avoid oxybenzone and mineral oil at all cost! Online shops such as amazon also have dozens of excellent reef safe sunscreens.

Do you have any recommendations?
There are dozens of reef safe brands, so it’s up to you to decide depending on price and scent/unscented. I personally like Stream2Sea, Badger, Biodegradable Reef Safe by Tropical Seas, and Coral Safe.

Is tanning oil okay?
Unfortunately not! Tanning oil causes the same kind of oil damage as an oil spill. In small doses it’s not going to do much but keep in mind that millions if not billions of beach-goers deposit tanning oil into the ocean whenever they swim. It’s best to wash off any tanning oil before entering the ocean to swim. Hit the showers!

Why should I even care that my sunscreen isn’t reef safe?
One earth, one ocean. If the oceans fail, if the biodiversity plummets, if the reefs die, the water turns to toxic sludge, then we are all doomed. We lose a source of food. We lose a source of capital. We lose ways of life. We lose cultures. We will lose the Earth. If the oceans go, humanity will soon follow.

Don’t let the next generation grow up with stories of “….back when the reefs still existed”

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Apparently Monday is World Turtle Day, so here’s a turtle on the Great Barrier Reef…scratching its nose.

The amount of wildlife that fits in a cubic foot just might blow your mind.

That’s the subject of a new exhibition at our National Museum of Natural History, centering on the biocube—an actual 1-foot, green-framed cube that organisms can pass through. It’s a tool that researchers can place in environments anywhere in the world to study biodiversity over a 24-hour period. 

Pictured above are the creatures from Mo’orea, French Polynesia, found by counting one cubic foot from a reef off the coast of the Pacific island.

“Life in One Cubic Foot” pairs science and photography in a quest to learn about the diversity of life on the planet. 

Learn more from @smithsonianmag.

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All Florida Whole Foods will start carrying invasive lionfish today
After biting at the idea of catching and selling lionfish, Whole Foods Market announced they are really going to do it. All Florida Whole Food Markets...

YAY! YAY YAY! Oh this is such an exciting news! 

Lionfish is essentially THE most sustainable fish you could buy and eat here. Lionfish is an invasive species in the Caribbean and Atlantic ocean, and they have taken over the entire ecosystem. They do not have any natural predators, and have been reproducing uncontrollably while eating up many other species of fish. And they eat, A LOT.

The state of Florida has set no limit on the number of lionfish that may be taken, and you don’t even need a fishing license. Since 2010, the Florida Keys Natural Marine Sanctuary does give out licenses to divers to kill lionfish inside the property. The REEF organization hosts a series of lionfish Derbies with prizes awarded for spearing lionfish, and they’ve even published a cookbook. Many other locations in the Caribbean are also encouraging divers to come spear their lionfish in an attempt to control the populations. If there is one species that all conservationists encourage you to kill, it’s this one.

I hope this spreads out to supermarkets all around the east coast! Sadly, lionfish have already been found all along these coastal waters as well, even all the way up to Massachusetts. 

Save a reef, kill a lionfish!

(Courtesy of USGS)