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!

Happy world sea turtle day 🙂

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!

Zoo Trip

So, over a week ago we went on a zoo trip. The zoo in question, London Zoo. I haven’t been in such a long time and it was amazing!!! There were so many animals, we had to miss a few sections to see everything. We were also very lucky being able to meet a few of the penguins as well. I recommend a visit for anyone that hasn’t been but do get there early or plan your visit before you go. One of my favourite parts, excluding the aquarium, was actually getting to see a Komodo dragon. I have seen them on TV and have always wanted to visit the Komodo Island but actually getting to see one was awesome!

It’s always amazing getting to see some of the great conservation and research zoos are doing particularly ZSL!

Still so many photos…… #londonzoo #animals #zootrip

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