Posts tagged ‘conservation’

A crafty octopus steals a baited container deployed for a fish survey, all the while holding off a small curious shark. Pea-soup water and accompanying banjo music round off the hillbilly scene.

Luckily it was a test run, after a similar yet unsuccessful bait-robbery attempt. More videos and a better explanation of these surveys can be found here!


Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) esophagi. *Shudders*

I want to tell you about how my nightmares from now on will have me stuck in a room made out of Leatherback esophagi, but the conservationist in me wins:

Leatherbacks feed almost entirely on Jellyfish. Plastic bags floating in the water look like jellyfish. I can attest to this – having flapped in panic out of the way of a plastic bag on a dive, only to realise what it was, and check to see if any other divers saw my mistake, and then pick up the bag. 

Now imagine a plastic bag caught on those spines. That’s not going to dislodge easily. No, it’s more likely to cause suffocation and starvation. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not our nightmare. It’s theirs. And it’s come true. 


I always remembered which way round it was with “Hot babes, cool dudes”. 


Fun fact: Alligators work the same way!

Vandals smash duck-billed dinosaur fossil to pieces in Alberta.

Link: Vandals smash duck-billed dinosaur fossil to pieces in Alberta.

Similarly, a construction crew destroyed nearly 20,000 leatherback sea turtle eggs this week in Trinidad. Both the bones and the eggs, the past and future of our earth, are priceless in their own ways. Lack of care or outright ignorance is bad for everybody.



The life and times of Lonesome George

Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta island giant tortoises and a conservation icon, has died of unknown causes. He was believed to be about 100 years old. He was found in 1972 and become a symbol of the Galápagos Islands. His species helped Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evolution in the 19th century

Photographs: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images & Reuters

What a sad day indeed and not just for tortoises.


The Maldives has used the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil to announce that all 1,192 of its islands will become a marine reserve by 2017.

AFP quotes the President Mohamed Waheed as saying: “I would like to announce today Maldives will become the first country to become a marine reserve.”

“It will become the single largest marine reserve in the world. This policy will allow only sustainable and eco-friendly fishing. It will exclude deep-sea, purse-seining and other destructive techniques,” he said.

We had the opportunity to grow in this beautiful world and now that we have the power to preserve or destroy it, we need to do everything we can to protect these pristine ecosystems. Morally, scientifically, aesthetically; we can all benefit from saving our earth. This is another great step toward that. For the Americans, you can help by saving California’s parks, for one thing among many!