Our Oceans are in deep trouble. (Pun intended).
In the last 60 years of their 3.8 BILLION year history, the human race has managed to send them to the brink of collapse. Overfishing, carbon absorption and pollution are the main causes of their demise, and now we are faced with the challenge of saving them.
If we do not, the oceans will die, and we cannot survive on this planet with dead oceans, as they provide us with 70% of our breathable oxygen.
Because we cannot see beneath the waves, it is easy to ignore what is going on down there. All things are connected, the oceans, the forests, the animals, all life on earth. If you impact on one thing it affects another. The animals we share our world with have become victims of human greed and indifference recently, many are now facing extinction and our only way out of the mess we have made for ourselves is if we address this issue immediately.
We need to live as our ancestors did, with a reverence and utmost respect for our mother and all her animals, our brothers and sisters. If we continue to disrespect and kill, there can only be one outcome, we ourselves will become extinct.
Here is a brief outline of the problems facing our oceanic cousins:
On top of this, Australia are now culling them in an attempt to stop shark attacks on humans. As sharks take 15 years to reach sexual maturity, they can not survive this onslaught much longer.
Sharks now face extinction. If we lose them, we lose the natural balance of the seas.
They also face daily threats from discarded fishing nets which weigh them down until they drown, ship strikes, plastic ingestion, and powerful navy sonar which disorientates their sensitive hearing, causing what's called 'Barotrauma' and mass stranding.
Add to this the endless noise from ships, and now hunger, because we have decided that Krill oil (krill being the main food for migrating whales in Antarctica) is good for us, and is sold in capsule form in our 'health food shops'.
Seals are still hunted and brutally clubbed to death in their thousands, including babies. Why? Because they are seen as competitors of ours for fish. In Scotland they are now also being shot for trying to feed on the salmon farms there.
An estimated 82% of all our oceans' fish have been killed, leaving around 8% left. There are fishing limits in place, but not nearly enough, and poaching is rife.If we all cut down on our fish intake or stopped eating it altogether, they may have a chance to replenish their numbers for future generations.
If not, they face extinction and our oceans could die in the next ten years, as fish are needed to clean them and keep our oceans healthy.
It would help if everyone used re-usable shopping bags instead of the billions of plastic bags that are given out every day in our supermarkets.
Because of the lack of fish, ocean dwellers are suffering hunger. Dolphins are becoming stressed and are having to leave their young for longer while they swim further and further away from them to find the fish they need, often returning to find their young gone, drifted away or eaten by sharks. (Source: Rachel Smolker, 'To touch a Wild Dolphin').
To see more about the struggles dolphins face, see elsewhere on this site.
(Meat-eaters, have you noticed your pork and bacon tasting of fish lately?).
Also recently, Kittiwakes in Scotland have been recorded flying 230 km in their search for food (Source: Springwatch BBC).
The Tropical Fish industry is now putting a huge strain on their natural habitat, depleting numbers drastically and negatively affecting Coral reefs.
As well as the threat from nuclear power stations leaking, there are now tons upon tons of plastic floating all across the wide expanses of our oceans. Microplastics are a massive problem for our oceans' inhabitants.
Microplastics are the tiny plastic beads found in some exfoliants, tooth paste etc. Too small to be filtered out in our sewage systems, they are now so prevalent that they can be found on every beach in the world.
The problem is that the plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, all creatures are swallowing them, even barnacles which are filter feeders ingest them.
Plankton cannot separate them from their normal food, and their stomachs are becoming blocked. Because Plankton is the foundation for all life in the oceans, what they eat affects every marine creature.
You can help by not buying cosmetics with microplastic beads, avoid anything that contains Polyethylene, Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE) and Nylon, (Source: Springwatch BBC) and by asking the cosmetic companies to stop using them in their products.
We all are their customers and they will bow to pressure if enough people do this.
Yes, the Oceans are in trouble.
Please try and do your bit in helping us save our oceans.
Science is now beginning to prove that we do, in fact, create our own Universe with what we think.
Gary Zukov, writer of Oprah Winfrey's second favourite book says, 'as far as light and matter are concerned, there is no distinction between what is and what happens.' The dance and the Dancer are one.
From 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An overview if the new Physics' By Gary Zukov. "Observation, our thoughts, our emotions and our intellect can change matter and energy.
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