Breath of life
Photo by Janine Marx
Over two years after the BP oil disaster, the environmental group Greenpeace has received more than 300 new images, taken in 2010, of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill showing oil-covered turtles and sperm whales swimming through oil. The images were taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Greenpeace had submitted a Freedom of Information Request for images and information related to the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster in 2010. The request finally came through and what was offered was this first batch of files.
The disturbing images, all taken in 2010, show oil-drenched turtles and sperm whales swimming through oil.
more images here
Unusually large numbers of dead and dying sea turtles are washing up on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef coast, prompting environmental groups to warn of a wildlife crisis in the region.
Researchers and local residents have reported that several Queensland beaches have been strewn with the carcasses of the animals, with wildlife centres in the northern city of Townsville inundated with ailing turtles.
According to the Queensland state government, 649 turtle deaths were reported in the first seven months of 2011, up 200 on the same period last year.
Dugongs are also suffering badly, with 96 of the aquatic mammals reported dead in the first seven months of the year, compared with 79 in the whole of 2010.
Sick and starving turtles have been observed approaching the shallows, where they invariably die. Researchers believe that a severe loss of sea grass, the turtles’ staple food source, is to blame for the escalating death toll.
Infographic: Coral Triangle Marine Turtles
Marine turtles are to the Coral Triangle what jewels are to a crown: both indispensable and marvelous. In the case of turtles, they are also highly vulnerable.
Check out this infographic to discover the simple aspects of turtles’ life cycle, and the threats they face in the ocean.
The Asian Dive Expo is a gathering of divers who are passionate about their sport, and the environment they do it in.
ADEX has moved gradually from a collection of “I’ve dived deeper than you” bravado, to a melting pot of major marine conservation players who work to highlight the issues faced by the ‘theme’ of the year. Last year it was Sharks, this year, Turtles.
On top of talks, video screenings, photo exhibitions about the theme, there are the hundreds of stalls selling dive equipment, holidays, goodies galore, and then of course there are the all important dive stickers with which to adorn my laptop. Which is of course the only reason I go.