Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Another oil tanker spill

The Mississippi River has been closed down from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico due to an oil tanker collision. Roughly 400,000 barrels of oil have spilled into the Mississippi so far. The local wildlife rescues are expecting a lot of work ahead with clean up of the shore birds as well as possible sea mammal rescue. The coast guard has set up inflatable barriers to prevent the oil from spreading.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The loggerhead sea turtle

The loggerhead sea turtle is found on the east coast of the USA from the Carolina's to Florida. It is an endangered species. I would love to take a trip to the east coast of the USA just to see first hand these creatures come up on shore to lay their eggs each year. There is a large undisturbed barrier island off the shore of North Carolina that is home to the loggerhead turtle, it is called Masonboro Island. The island is accessible by boat only and is located just off the southern tip of Wrightsville Beach.

If I ever get the money together to go to the east coast that island will be on my agenda. If I really liked the area, who knows, I might drop in on a local Wrightsville Beach real estate agent and ask about a small cottage near the beach. I am the type of person that falls in love with the areas that I visit and always want to live there until I find another place to fall in love with.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

2 massive oil tankers collide causing huge oil spill

Oil tanker accidents are not limited to the USA, they have them in south America too. The article below states that 2 oil tankers colided with each other while trying to avoid a 3rd ship. I hate to say this but how in the heck did they manage to screw up that? Oil tankers are not known for speed. They are lumbering giants. When did the 2 tanks know that they were even getting cloase to each other - a week before? Of course now the wildlife has to suffer because of it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

All the pretty fish

It is time I wrote a mellow blog post about fish instead of standing on my usual soap box about Global Warming. I am not against having aquarium saltwater fish or fresh water fish as pets. It is sometimes the only way people can get a first hand appreciation of our water world, by caring and understanding wildlife first hand. I am against depleting our world's fish population by catching wild fish and putting them for sale as pets. I am on the other hand all for any Saltwater Fish Store that gets it's stock from a commercial or hobbyist fish breeder.

If you are considering adding fish to your marine aquarium and consider yourself a ecology advocate then I strongly suggest you ask the supplier of your fish or Live coral where they acquired them. If you find out that they also are pro-ecology just as you are then my guess is that you will spread a positive word about how they are doing something good about the environment. If on the other hand they are simply raping the environment to line their own pockets I bet they won't be in business very long.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Some people just don't get it

I was talking to an acquaintance a few days ago when she happened to make the statement of "helping the environment is a matter of choice", she then added "if I want to recycle or not, that is up to me and no one is going to tell me otherwise".

I just shook my head and did not have an answer to her statement simply because arguing with people with a mind set like that is like beat your head against a brick wall, it doesn't help the matter and it only makes you feel worse.

When will people like that wake up and smell the Earth dying? When will she realize that her very existence depends on her steps to recycle, preserve and waste less. Only a few hours before that conversation she was talking about the "crazy weather" and how the drought in California and the floods in the mid-west will affect the price of food in the coming months.

I am slowly coming to realize that the great majority of people in this world are only concerned about getting from one week to the next without losing a place to live or having enough to eat rather than thinking about the ultimate place to live - our Earth.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Coral reefs are now dying

The evidence is clear, the world's coral reefs are dying. The news video is below, watch it and weep.