I am sure you have heard of the saying, “there’s plenty of fish in the sea.” Well, unfortunately that is not the case any more. Each year our oceans are losing more and more of our underwater friends. This is all due to overfishing, and is sure have a long-lasting impact on the future of our oceans and our everyday lives. Fortunately, we are now creating measures to restrict our fishing practices, but it may be a case of too little too late. Let’s hope not.
OverFishing with industrial trawlers is one of the ocean’s biggest threats.
With Planet Earth projected to hit a human population of 7 billion people before the end of 2011, many questions arise. What is the effect on our planet and is there a limit to how many human beings planet earth can support?
We’ve covered our Arctic bear buddies before when we looked at 10 facts about these magnificent creatures. Now we’ll take a look at what these guys get up to in their daily lives to survive this harsh environment. Known as the Sea Bear, this white bundle of snow flakes is the only bear that spends so much time in and around the water. Unlike its cousins, Polar Bears mainly eat goodies that come from the sea. The hearty goodness of Seals, Walrus, Whales, Sea-birds, Kelp and Fishies make up most of its diet. For an Apex predator there’s no better feeling than showing who rules the Arctic.
It’s almost Christmas so that means time for Santa and his Sleigh full of presents will be zooming across the globe delivering presents to everyone. It also means that Santa’s eight reindeer, Blitzen, Dasher, Donder, Dancer, Comet, Cupid, Prancer and Vixen have to get fit, and their buddy Rudolph has to polish his shiny red nose!
When we think of shark attacks we have images of the Great White from Jaws flashing in front of our eyes, or one of the many ‘youtube’ surfer shark attack videos. In recent times all kinds of stories and news reports have come out highlighting the unusual increase in shark attacks on humans. Take the most recent case in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt where a 70 year old German woman was killed while snorkelling and four others mauled by what is believed to be the same shark the previous days while swimming. It is peak tourist season for scuba diving in Sharm el-Sheikh, boats are packed full, dive centres are fully booked and the region’s tourist board are desperate not to let the shark attacks dampen tourist income.
As reported in the article I wrote last year, Copenhagen 2009 was the big chance for USA, and specifically Obama, to show that they had courage in first of all admitting that climate change exists, and secondly that humans have a big part to play in that change. These two admissions alone would have resulted in swaying any doubts of nations in a similar position and would have ensured that everyone could take the next step in outlining carbon cuts, wildlife and forestry conservation proposals, among others.
A year later we arrive in Cancun, Mexico, home of drug lords, violent crime and kidnapping. Yet Mexico has some of the most astounding natural, archaeological and historical treasures on earth. It is seen as having a big influence as it rises out of the shadows of a developing country to be a major player on the world stage, with talk of developing countries having to contribute more to reduce emissions and over population, it is a good choice for a host.
Welcome to the wonderful world of mimicry! Where animals take on the appearance, sound, smell, or behaviour of another animal or its surroundings as a form of defence or tactical attacking technique to fool potential prey. Any of you Australians out there who thought I might go on about the origins of dim-witted clumsy people have to look elsewhere I’m afraid.
There are a few main species of Drongo; the Black Drongo, the Spangled Drongo and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. The Black Drongo is native to Asia, the Spangled Drongo is native to Australia and the Fork-Tailed Drongo is found in Africa. These tweeting twitterers are actually quite aggressive and confident birds, often known to attack or invade larger birds’ territory and nests.