Why Should I Care For the Oceans?

We’ve all heard it:

“Why does it matter if we overfish tuna? It tastes so good!”

“If the oceans dried up tomorrow, why would I care? I live 500miles away from any body of water!”

The thing is, without the oceans, we would all be dead. Our planet would probably look like Mars. There would be no freshwater, no food for us to eat, no suitable climate for us to survive.

(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Whether you live by the coast, or only see the ocean once a year on holiday, the ocean has an impact on your life. Every breath you take, every food or drinks you have… is thanks to our oceans. Every single individual and living being on this planet is deeply connected, and extremely dependent upon our seas.

The oceans regulates climate, weather, and temperature. They act as carbon dioxide ‘sinks’ from the atmosphere. They hold 97% of the Earth’s water. They govern our Earth’s chemistry; all the microbes and microscopic organisms at the very bottom of the food chain support our own existence. The oceans are also crucial for our economies, health and security.

(Photo credit: Brian Skerry)

The past generations have been raised with the idea that the ocean is huge (and it is) and resilient, and that we could basically take from or put into the oceans as much as we wanted. Now, we found out that we cant go on this way. This mentality is part of our problem and it needs to change.

While we have made tremendous discoveries about the oceans over the last few decades, we have also caused more destruction to the sea than ever before. Many fisheries stocks are overfished, catastrophic fishing techniques are destroying the habitats and depleting populations, many marine species are on the verge of extinction, coral reefs are dying, pollution run-offs from agricultural farms are creating dead-zones where nothing can grow or live, millions of gallons of oil have devastated the Gulf of Mexico, bigger and faster container ships create noise pollution for marine mammals and endangers them…The list goes on, and on. We have had so much impact that we have actually changed the pH of the oceans! 

Pretty overwhelming, uh? 

So yes, you should care, because if the oceans crash, we as a species are crashing with them. The entire planet Earth will be gone. And if that’s not enough of a wake-up call for you, I don’t know what else could be!

While all the current marine conservation issues appear huge and insurmountable, there is still hope. Each individual can make a difference now. YOU can make better choices about which fish to consume (or not at all!) and ask about the way they were caught or raised, YOU can encourage sustainable fishing practices, YOU can decide not to use fertilizer or pesticides in your backyard, YOU can bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store and stop using plastics, YOU can stop using products with microbeads, YOU can participate in beach clean-ups, YOU can start your own research and discover even more awesome things about the oceans… YOU can spread the word to your skeptic friends! Have people follow in your footsteps; inspire your friends and family. Be the change :) !

(Photo source: Flickr)

“If you want to have an impact on history and help secure a better future for all that you care about, be alive now” - Sylvia Earle

Happy Valentine’s Day my marine bio lovelies!

I give you, all the above! Shark Love!

Instead of something cheesy to give your admirer, why not make a donation to your favourite conservation group? Show them you care not only about them, but the marine environment too!


The purpose of World Turtle Day is to “increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive”.

Here are a couple of ways that turtles are getting help.

How are these endangered baby sea turtles finding their way home? Mostly by themselves, but they get by with a little help from their friends :D From @itsokaytobesmart

Turtles grow up without parents, which might sound lonely. But for threatened baby turtles raised in a zoo it’s an advantage: they can learn to catch crickets all by themselves. There’s a paradox, though. When they are ready to leave the nursery, there is little wilderness where they can make a home.

From @kqedscience‘s DEEP LOOK

Baby giant sea bass update!

The critically endangered giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) has a special place in our hearts. We’re currently housing six giant sea bass—from miniscule juveniles to a 230 pound 30 year old—as a part of a long-term growth study. And exciting news: one of our juveniles just graduated up to a bigger exhibit!

Felicitations, young giant sea bass!

Hanging with the cool kids in the Kelp Holdfast exhibit.

They grow up so fast! Here’s what this fish looked like as a one-month-old baby giant sea bass, just under an inch long:

Baby giant sea bass at one month and less than an inch long!

And it’s still got got a ways to go! Check out the 230 pound 30-year-old in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit:

Our Monterey Bay Habitats giant sea bass isn’t done growing either. Giant sea bass can grow to over 500 pounds! 

Giant sea bass are critically endangered due to overfishing, but are starting to make a comeback thanks to protection by the state of California. By displaying giant sea bass here at the Aquarium, we hope to share their story with our guests and inspire conservation of these gentle giants.

Learn more about giant sea bass at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

oceansv  asked:

Hi 😊 I wanted to ask you something. Sea lions often approach divers and people they find swimming where they are. As people must keep a certain distance and not go and approach some animals (whales and dolphins, for example) unless the animal decides to get close, I was wondering if it's okay to be so near them in the water, in case sea lions are the ones that approach people. Thank you!

It’s a great question! Watching marine mammals in their natural habitat can be a great way to learn about the environment and promote conservation (plus, it’s fun!). But it’s always important to give animals lots of space to live their lives and carry out their daily activities. Getting too close can make it harder for animals to feed or rest, which in turn makes it harder for them to survive. With that in mind, as you point out, the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits harassing marine mammals in the wild. 

In general, guidelines include:

  • observing wild dolphins, porpoises, and seals from a safe distance of at least 50 yards by land or sea
  • observing large whales from a safe distance of at least 100 yards by land or sea
  • using binoculars or telephoto lenses to see better without getting too close
  • avoiding abrupt movements or circling and entrapping marine mammals between watercraft, or between watercraft and shore.

Still, like you say, sea lions and other animals are quite curious and often do approach divers! Case in point:

Photo in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary; credit David J. Ruck/NOAA

So what do you do when this happens?

Typically, if you see an animal or it approaches you, the best way to go is to remain calm, watch it, and don’t attempt to interact with it. Don’t get any closer than it wants to get, and when it decides to swim away, let it; don’t follow it!

Basically, you shouldn’t closely approach or attempt to interact with marine mammals in the wild – but if they come to you, you can watch calmly. But never attempt to pet, touch, or feed them!

You can find more information about viewing guidelines here and about good ocean etiquette here.

Thanks for taking care of our ocean’s amazing mammals!

Ha pasado mucho tiempo,
espero que te encuentres bien,
que tus noches sean igual de tranquilas como cuando dormitabas en mi cama,
que tus sueños sigan siendo dulce, pero ya no bajo mis brazos,
que tus cabellos dejen su aroma sobre la almohada en que duermes,
que de una y otra manera, al despertarte sientas poesía, 
en caricias, 
entre besos, 
versos, de la manera que sea,
que conserves tus costumbres,
una tulipán de Rosé, unos versos de Nerúda (aunque ya nocon mi voz), antes de dormir,
no olvides eso,
quizá algún día volvamos a ser,
volvamos a ser, 
—  Costumbre   ll  Bryan Aguilar

revizargy said:

Because the left is NEEEEVER wrong


Hey there! The Left is not immune from criticism or fault because we’re made up of human beings and humans are inherently flawed creatures and we accept that.

But also: The Right is LITERALLY KILLING THE GODDAMN FUCKING PLANET DESPITE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SCIENTISTS AGREEING THAT DESTROYING THE PLANET IS A BAD THING AND ALSO STARVING THE POOR FOR PROFIT WHICH IS UNDENIABLY FUCKING EVIL so get off your high horse because it’s not even giving you enough elevation to escape the rising sea levels caused by conservative denial of climate change. Cool?


Why Save Sea Turtles?

By Laura Todd

Photo: Comber the green sea turtle being released into the Pacific Ocean off southern California, October 23, 2016, Photo credit: SeaWorld San Diego

I’ve been asked, “What difference does one turtle make?”  

It is absolutely true that one turtle, in comparison to the entire world’s population, represents a small contribution to that population.  However, rehabilitating that one individual from an endangered or threatened population can ensure decades of offspring over a lifespan of up to 80 years.

Every turtle that strands and is treated, successfully or not, teaches us something.  The first lesson they teach us is how to successfully respond, which is vital to know if we ever have a spill or catastrophe that causes mass turtle strandings. And erratic ocean conditions like algal blooms, El Niño, oxygen depletion, and warming sea surface temperatures are resulting in greater numbers of stranded turtles.

Photo: Track of Comber, a rehabilitated male green sea turtle released back to sea on October 20, 2016. Data courtesy of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (Dr. Brent Stewart)

Additionally, many of the turtles we have treated are juveniles or very young adults.  This age group is crucial as the future breeding population, and very little is known about them.  The period between hatching and return to the nesting area is known as the “lost years” because when the turtles leave their nests, they are too tiny to track with conventional satellite equipment, and they are seldom encountered until the females return to nest 20 or more years later – unless we find them stranded.  And males are even more mysterious since they spend their lives at sea.

And each stranded turtle we successfully release has a story with important lessons.  A green sea turtle named Comber, stranded in Canada in 2015 and released in November 2016, was the first ever successful sea turtle rescue from Canada.  With a satellite tag attached, Comber was released to the sea southwest of San Diego. He shocked us by heading straight back to Canada!  When his transmitter finally failed on March 30, 2017, he was in British Columbia a few miles north of where he stranded, showing signs of normal turtle activity.   He was able to swim over 1,500 miles in frigid waters in the dead of winter, and based on another turtle released in 2011, it may be more common than we know. Two turtles can tell a story, but we need more information to develop a pattern.

Photo: Tucker in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Virginia Mason Center for Hyperbaric Medicine with a team of experts that included Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner and Jim Holm, MD, medical director of hyperbaric medicine. Photo credit: Seattle Aquarium

Hopefully, the pattern will fill in a bit more brightly this fall. Three sea turtles, stranded in December 2014 and 2015, are returning to the Pacific Ocean on September 11!  All three will be equipped with satellite transmitters to map their travels.  And all three have already provided us with valuable information, teaching us lessons in treatment of cold-stranding and buoyancy.

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Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from ecologist Holly Copeland, a staff scientist with The Nature Conservancy. Copeland’s work focuses on mapping out wildlife migration corridors and other important natural areas and then forecasting how future development will impact the landscape. This week, PBS NATURE airs The Sagebrush Sea, an exquisite film …

“Hope for the sagebrush ecosystem is everywhere.”


Since it’s on our social media pages, I can finally tell y'all this story.

Last week, our little Pokey butt helped save a life! The vet from the marine science center just south of us had a sick kemp’s ridley being rehabilitated that needed a blood transfusion, and we were able to help out! Though Pokey has a shoulder disease that impacts his ability to survive in the ocean, he is otherwise a healthy turtle. The donation of his blood helped the sick animal recover, and the staff is hopeful for a full recovery and release of the turtle.

I feel so privileged to have been a part of this. The turtle I care for every day helped save the life of another endangered turtle like himself! This incredibly tangible aspect of species conservation was a huge reminder of why I love my job and why I do the things I do. This right here is what zoos and aquariums are all about. Together we are an awesome, awesome force for good.

Once I was a Klance Shipper

Once I was a Klance shipper. I scouted the tags every chance I had, headcanons, memes, art, fics, everything. My crops were alive and all was beautiful. My little town soon grew into something huge.

That was when the conservatives came with their black suits and iffy ties. They lay claim to our land and say it is to effect change and progress. They used sweet words to lure out people and give them a false sense of superiority.

And soon, they tore down crops that did not cury their flavor. “Bi keith?! Are you insane?! He’s gay. You cis straight scum.” I remember their words, the blantant misuse of a social justice, of an equity this great town once shared.

They then forced us to plant the Klance crops that way they want us to, forced others who did not want to plant klance crops but other spaceships to do the same and if they refused, they were attacked, suicide-baited, gas lighted and have their reputations ruined.

They started regulating which ship crops should and should not be planted. “Shallura is okay. It kills off shaladin crops and you know how Shaladin goes with Sheith, greatest threat to Klance.” I heard them talking one night.

And soon the lowly farmer that I was found myself loathing the crops that used to be my pride and joy.

I began looking for people who believed the conservatives have gone too far and lay waste to this once free and bountiful land. We began our small band of rebels and ran away to the seas where the conservatives could not reach us. It was hard out there. In the cold, with little crops and no land to plant our ships in… But soon, we met more like-minded people and we found an island, untouched and unchartered. It was not as fertile as my old village but we all were able to plant what we wanted, no conservatives to force us, and I found myself having fun and loving crops again but always remembering the bitter days where I was forced to plant just this one crop.