Plastic Free

I have remained quiet about the fact I am going to be an Ocean Film Festival crew member this year. I am very excited about being able to participate and have wanted to do this during previous years however, found out about it too late! So this year I have gotten in early and get to annoy the world with more ocean related topics. The film festival doesn’t start until September when selected┬ádestination through out the UK will get viewings of the latest and best ocean films (http://www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk/home).

With the build up to September however, there is going to be a Plastic Free July. Are you up for the challenge? The idea behind this is to stop using single use plastics for the whole month with the potential of stopping forever. I am currently not able to complete the full challenge but I will be completing the TOP 4. The TOP4 includes take away coffee cups, straws, carrier bags and single use plastic bottles. This I think is do-able and I am already really good with a few of these. Sometime sliding with others! Do you think you could give up these items? Needless to say as the month begins I will fill my blog with the reasons behind giving up plastic.

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Shark Week!

It’s Shark Week woot, woot!! So the 26th June saw the kick off of Discoveries Shark week. Unfortunately, I don’t have this channel so I am picking up what I can and my social media is alight with what is happening. Also, here in the UK this isn’t as much of a big deal compared to the states. This makes me sad, this is the one week of the year where I don’t look like a crazy person with all my shark craziness! ┬áSo incase you weren’t aware you are now, tune in and learn about one of the most amazing creatures in the sea.

Shark Week

Finding Dory!

I’m sure everyone is just as excited as I am for the chance to watch Finding Dory. We here in the UK seem to be getting one of the later release dates unfortunately! In some countries around the world the showings have commenced. There is only one major issue concerning a lot of marine conservationists around the world and that is the backlash of every child wanting their very own Dory at home. This was the case when Finding Nemo came out. I was working in an aquatic pet store when this movie was released and it was amazing how the sales of clownfish skyrocketed. So, the issue with Dory, Dory represents a type of fish called a Regal Tang. Regal tangs are notoriously picky fish, very difficult to keep. They get stressed super easy and will pick up just about every disease along the way. They also do not breed in aquariums so every Dory you see has been wild caught. Imagine the devastation that is going to occur when all the regal tangs are taken from the ocean to fulfil the desire of wanting a Dory at home. A desire that will fade. Not a good thing! So, remember when seeing Finding Dory don’t go out and purchase her.

This short video explains it all (Taken from Youtube) ….

World Sea Turtle Day

Happy world sea turtle day! So, like all days of awareness this one is about sea turtles. An animal that is amazing and personally for me everyday is a sea turtle day. I have been very lucky to have worked with 3 of the 7 species of sea turtles and hoping I get to work with more. But I have also been very lucky to have seen several species of sea turtles in the wild whilst diving as well, such beautiful graceful creatures. Not everyone is aware that all 7 species are threatened with extinction due to what people have been doing to the ocean. The biggest issue is marine pollution in particular single use carrier bags that mimic their favourite food source jellyfish. So, for the turtles today refuse carrier bags and start breaking bad habits, once you get used to saying no the refusing process gets easier!

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Happy World Ocean Day

Happy World Ocean Day! Today is a day to celebrate the oceans and everything that it does for us. Sometimes I think this often becomes out of sight out of mind. However, do not forget where the fish you eat comes from and also every second breath you take. This will have been produced by animals in the sea, phytoplankton to be exact. We should also take this day to learn about the destruction that we are also causing to the ocean. Due to climate change, this year alone one quarter of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral has bleached. Bleached is the term for corals dying. Really not a great situation and don’t get me started on what we are doing to the megafauna of the ocean!