Spreading some “Ocean Love” for World Oceans Day on June 8th!

World Oceans Day lands on Friday June 8th this year- a little less than a month away!

I feel like I haven’t shown much “ocean love” in a while…so today that’s going to change!

Here are some photos of different oceans/beaches that I am so lucky to have seen and explored 😀

Have you been to any of these places before??

Great Barrier Reef- Cairns, Australia

Mazatlan, Mexico

Byron Bay, Australia

Heron Island, Australia

Carmel Beach, California

Monterey Bay, California

Point Lobos, California

Napili Kai, Maui, Hawaii

Moorea, Tahiti

Bahia de Los Angeles, Gulf of Mexico

Santa Cruz, California

San Francisco, California

Elephant Seal Beach, Big Sur, California

Moss Landing, California

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Newport Beach, California

Pacific Grove, California

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Cyclops Shark- Eye Love You!

So I’m sure many of you have seen the latest news articles about the 1-eyed shark anomaly. It’s quite an intriguing little creature to look at..still looks extremely fake to me. But I’d totally love to have one!

Credit: Pisces Sportfishing

Found in the stomach of her mother in the Sea of Cortez, this 22-inch-long dusty shark looks like something out of a cartoon than a real life shark. But National Geographic confirms that 2 scientists from the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (in La Paz) have studied the shark and determined that the fetal shark does actually have 1 functional eye at the front of its head.

If only the fishermen who “legally” caught the pregnant dusty shark wasn’t catching and killing sharks, or else we might have been able to see this little cyclops in the wild! But to be quite honest the shark’s fate was pretty well determined even if it was born. Kittens and puppies born with the disorder cyclopia die within a day or so after being born. Poor little fellas.. No other cyclops sharks have been caught before- further insinuating that they die soon after birth.

The scientists who studied the shark took X-rays which will be released in their research report  coming out soon (hopefully). Comparing these X-rays to previous cases of cyclopia (which has actually been found in humans) can possibly present some interesting comparisons.

Do you think it’s really REAL or REALLY FAKE? Comment and let me know!

What Does 4/20/2011 Mean to You?

The majority of us (younger generation folk) know what 4/20 means…the “national pot smoking day.” Yes ladies and gentlemen, people will be high on marijuana today-all over the globe. Although, to me this day symbolizes so much more.

Today marks the 1 year Anniversary of the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Honestly, I can’t believe that much time has passed since that horrible disaster. It was huge in everyone’s minds for a couple weeks, and now people rarely ever think about the reciprocations that are still resulting for the animals and people near the Gulf.

I only wish I could have been able to go down and volunteer to help clean the animals…I know one day I will get the chance to do that. Somewhere, somehow. Keeping the ocean clean is a very large priority, and keeping the animals ALIVE.

I found this awesome video- Oceana put on a mock oil spill to clearly (in a chocolate syrup, black tarp kind of sense) visualize to people how oil affects ocean animals.

Mock oil spill on Folly Beach for one year anniversary of Gulf Coast spill | WCBD-TV 2.

Here is a photograph from the California Academny of Sciences that shows the oilspill from space..pretty amazing (in a sad way).

Gulf Spill From Space

I found this great quote from Tierra Curry-a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 “The clean-up won’t be complete and we won’t know the full environmental consequences for at least 40 years.”

 Yup. 40 years.  The California Academy of Sciences has compiled multiple news articles from the past year about the oil spill and links to photographs.  Click here if you want to take a look

First and foremost, we as a country need to ban off-shore drilling. Period. It has more negative connotations attached to it than positive. We’ll soon run out of oil in 40-50 years as expected from scientists- then what? I kind of don’t want to be here or dependant on oil when that happens :/ We are walking along a very thin tightrope here people- you’re voice can be heard by sending letters via organizations like Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy to your local Congress person. Be heard. Do it for yourself, the ocean, the animals, and future generations!

Happy 4/20/2011 everyone!

a Whale of a Shark

Whale Sharks. The largest fish in the entire OCEAN!

I wanted to share this image I discovered today. It’s taken by this man who wandered into my work office- which is perfect because were are looking for local artists for a fundraiser for the California Philharmonic. The photographer’s name is Tommy Ewasko.

Credit: Tommy Ewasko/ GettyImages

Obviously..I loved this photo. It was taken at I assume the Georgia Aquarium-which I still have yet to see! (Ooo I should put that on my Bucket List!)

I swam with a whale shark in Baja Mexico years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Brought me to tears of excitement and joy in my snorkel mask in the middle of the ocean! I unfortunately don’t have pictures or video of when I swam with the whale shark, but I do have some from when we spotted a couple in the middle of the ocean on a boat. Here are some pics and videos I took.

Ahoy! There's a Whale Shark!

Whale Shark Feeding

I am going to Palm Springs this weekend- for some much needed time in the sunshine 🙂 I will take some photos and share them with you all when I get back!

Sad News For Dolphins…

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of good news updates right now about the ocean and it’s inhabitants. The Gulf of Mexico is still being hit hard from the oil spill. I know that it’s been out of the news for awhile now, and I’m sure out of people’s minds…but it’s still a huge negative reality- not only for ocean animals, but for people and children being affected by the chemicals.

Right now- around 20 dolphin calves have washed up dead on shore around the Mississippi/Alabama shores.  The reason of their death is still unclear- but it will most likely be linked to the 205.8 million gallons of crude oil that was spilled into the gulf.

The second story I want to share is about grey whales. I just saw 3 grey whales when I was up in Monterey at the beginning of February- they were gorgeous!  Currently, the most critically endangered whale is the Western North Pacific Gray Whale which can be found off the coast of Russia.  But plans for a new oil rig off the coast of Russia will be very harmful to the Gray Whale habitat. With less than 100 individuals whales alive, increased noise pollution could further endanger this species when tying to find their food. Thus another example of how our human consumerism pretty much wins over other animals’ lives.

Oil everywhere, but not a drop to turn into gasoline.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/caught_in_the_oil.html

So of course it is now widely known across the globe about BP’s oil spill catastrophe on April 20th, 2010.

Thousands of wild animals are being thrown in this tidal wave of disaster with no way out.  Especially with Hurricane Alex moving along in the Gulf at the moment, the oil is being tossed and turned up consuming everything in it’s path.

Personally, if I could financially allow myself to take a month off and go down and help clean up I would in a heart beat.  It’s going to take a VERY VERY long time before this oil is all cleaned up. There is no way of knowing when the oil will stop leaking, for only mother earth knows that fact. It’s like and endless champagne bottle eruption that lasts for months!

Greedy humans are the blame for this mess. We take and take and take, and that’s it. Our dependence on fossil fuels has reached a point of no return, and now more than ever we need to change our bad habits into new sustainable ones.  If I could afford a hybrid I would buy one..I’d really prefer a vehicle that ran on something I could produce myself (sustainability + cheap) and that I didn’t have to rely on from huge companies that exploit my money.

How do you feel about this issue?