Do you ever have one of those things that you are extremely passionate and totally in love with and you have no idea why? Well, that's me with the ocean. I think it's the mystery of it all, how it somehow takes up 70% of our planet and we don't know anything about it. Or how it is home to millions of species of animals, and they are all magical. Or maybe it is because you can feeling it gives you, whether you are riding a wave or sitting on the shore. Or maybe it's just was because I was a mermaid in a past life, but whatever the reason its struggling and there are a few things that we can do to help it out.
watch the seafood you consume
I don't eat seafood. I know some of it doesn't have a direct affect on the ocean but, a lot of it does and not too many people think about that.
First off, the way fish is captured is heartbreaking and does a lot of damage. It can hurt other species like dolphins and turtles that can get caught in the nets, the corals and also kills off a ton more fish than you would think. For example, there is a large by-catch-ratio involved. Feel free to read more about it here.
**the same thing can go for the products you buy in stores, like shells or shark products**
This includes sea world as well. I probably don't need to go into detail about how horrible sea world is because most of it is now known fact but aquariums can be just as bad.
Animals, such as sharks and stingrays are held captive and taken from their homes. If you would like to read more about aquariums I found this blog quite interesting.
when you're at the beach, help clean up
A little can go along way, so if you see a plastic bag or some other type of garbage help by picking it up. Also, when you go to the beach don't leave anything behind.
Other tips can include; using less plastic, lowering your carbon footprint, watch what you flush and educating yourself the ocean.
If you wanted to learn more see these sites:
http://www.weareprojectzero.org & http://saveourseas.com
Personally, I try to do all I can to help the ocean & I like to educate people on doing the same! I think it is very important, and we only have one earth so we should do all we can to keep it happy! If you have any questions be sure to leave them below.
**photo is NOT mine**