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Whale Watching Photos Part 4

Yesterday’s whale watching tour with my friends was absolutely incredible! We were so lucky from the start as it didn’t start raining at all!

Our tour guide was very kind, the sky was utterly amazing and we saw so many different wildlife!

At first we followed a family of killer whales (with a baby!), then saw a couple of bald eagles and lots of seagulls, cormorants and common murres.

It was very cold and windy, even with ten layers of clothes on, but then suddenly the sky got very clear, the water still, except these swarms of seagulls looking out for fish, which means whales! Minke whales to be exact.
We were so lucky to see more than one, as our guide told us they are mostly solitary creatures. It was such a magical moment…

After that we saw a sleepy sea lion, MANY seals and cormorants and even a sea otter! We got so lucky AGAIN because the guide told us there is only one sea otter that they know about that lives in that area, but this was a different one, so now there are two!

Our last animal was a Californian sea lion, which is very rare to see here also..so like I said, we were SO LUCKY! :D

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

The Signs as Marine Life

♈️ Aries - Shark

Originally posted by sharkart-q-n-a


♉️ Taurus - Turtle

Originally posted by archiemcphee


♊️ Gemini - Jellyfish

Originally posted by pvrpleangel


♋️ Cancer - Crab

Originally posted by breathinginbiology


♌️ Leo - Starfish

Originally posted by smolseaprincess


♍️ Virgo - Wolffish

Originally posted by smolseaprincess


♎️ Libra - Seal

Originally posted by georgetakei


 ♏️ Scorpio - Octopus

Originally posted by fuckinmiki


♐️ Sagittarius - Eel

Originally posted by snsnsh


♑️ Capricorn - Manatee

Originally posted by pxychosis


♒️ Aquarius - Dolphin

Originally posted by caribbeandive


♓️ Pisces - Whale

Originally posted by nightimethinker