Tuesday, December 29, 2009

End of 2009 and what have we discovered?

I guess everyone looks back over the year and wonders if we are any better off now, compared to when 2009 began. My biggest new discovery was finding out about that huge mass of floating garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It has been around for years (I think I first heard about it in 2007) and it only starting making the major news this past year. Oh, yes, it was reported before but the national news seemed to ignore it. Stupid stories of Micheal Jackson's lifestyle tended to take up the allotted air time and serious news was left to the internet for people to find out about.

Meanwhile back out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the mass of plastic junk like water bottles, shrink tube, the discarded child's toy, plastic twine by the mile and non-descriptive little bits of plastic torn apart by the ocean currents all floating together in one huge mass seem to remain in place with no one doing anything about it.

I can't wait for the reports to come back in 10-20 years about how those toxic plastic bits found their way into every organism on the planet. Happy 2010 everyone.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays

The year is almost at an end. I can't believe how fast it went. My fall semester of college just ended and I just got my text books for the winter term last week. It is moving all so fast now. After the winter term I will probably take a break and go on site for more of a hands on feel of a marine biologist in the Pacific Northwest.

I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A warning to all those leaving spam comments

There are times I wonder why I even bother keeping this blog going. I get so many garbage comments with links to trash websites it is sickening. I like writing about sea life and oceans and often voice my views on what my dream vacation is ......hint....it is not one of those all inclusive vacation packages. I write for me and if I get readers I am thankful but that is not why I write. I suppose I could make each post a "no comments" allowed post, but that is not like me.

For now I will just grit my teeth and continue to delete those nasty comments that have nothing to do with what I have written. I am hoping that it does not stop me from writing my blog .... as I enjoy it.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Swimming as therapy

I love to swim. Although I love to swim I have problems with some types of scuba equipment. Because of that I take an occasional lesson in scuba diving just to keep in practice and to learn more about the equipment that gives me problems.

One of the people that use to teach me was a person with one leg. He use to be on SSD and got fed up with not doing anything with his life so he took his passion for swimming and became a scuba instructor. He has since retired and now travels.

He is one of the many people that I have found in my life that inspired me to continue my own quest in marine biology.

Whole countries are disappearing under water

Low lying countries are now on the verge of disappearing altogether, watch the video below for a very graphic look at the rising sea water.