World Oceans Day
Sadly, due to the harmful effects of human behaviour and the change in our climate, many ocean animals have become seriously endangered. These animals include Turtles, Blue Whales, Hammerhead Sharks, Monk Seals and many, many more.
Though we alone are a minuscule part of the big wide world, there are a few things that we can do to help ocean creatures:
1) ALWAYS bin your rubbish, no matter where you are. If there’s no bins around, hold onto it until you get home and recycle as much waste as possible. A recent news story told of a whale in Thailand that died after consuming 80 plastic bags. There is so much waste that gets into the sea. We’ve all seen the images of turtles getting stuck in plastic can rings. Just chuck it away!
2) Cut down on your carbon footprint by walking or cycling where possible. Something as little as this change in lifestyle creates a domino effect on the planet, in turn helping many wild and farmed animals.
3) Conserving water where possible. Taking showers instead of baths, always turn the tap off when you brush your teeth, place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush etc.
4) Boycott places like SeaWorld, Aquariums and Sea Life Museums. A lot of these places use ocean animals for entertainment and profit. By closing these establishments down, sea creatures are less likely to be taken out of the ocean for “conservation research” and experiments.
These solutions are simple for us, but life changing for ocean animals. Be more aware of your lifestyle and remember the effects your actions have on the world.
Fun fact: At 188 decibels, the calls of the blue whales are the loudest sound made by any animal on the planet!