Threats Facing our Oceans
By Triton Mark
coral reef
Threats facing our oceans
What can we do to help

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:

shark fins

Although sharks have been living in our oceans for millions of years, they now face their biggest threat from humans. The apex predators, they are being pushed to extinction because many people still like to eat tasteless shark's fin soup, and their cartilage is used in Chinese medicine and also in Chondroitin, sold as a health food supplement all around the world. 100 million Sharks were estimated to have been killed last year alone. Think of that number for a minute. One hundred million! (Source: Sea Shepherd).

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.

sea shepherd

Whales are being slaughtered at an alarming rate. Although there has been an international ban on whaling since 1988 because hunting pushed them to the edge of extinction, Japan still hunts them, so do Norway and Iceland, with a combined yearly kill quota of 2,550 between them, including around 200 endangered Fin Whales according to the IWC (International Whaling Commission).

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'.

basking seal
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.


Sea Turtles
Sea turtles are caught on longlines and in driftnets as by-catch and drowned, and their eggs are taken from their land nests to be sold as supposed aphrodisiacs, depleting their numbers drastically. They are increasingly found starved, their stomachs full of indigestible plastic bags they have eaten (which are many in our oceans), mistaking them for squid.

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.


In the Faroe Islands, around 3,000 Pilot Whales and small Dolphins are killed annually, in a most brutal and inhumane way, for food which the Faroese do not need. The main reason is 'tradition'.

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.


Sea Birds
Sand Eels are fished in the North Sea by the Danish and used for feed for pigs, so the sea birds who depend on them are beginning to starve. (Source: The Scotsman).

(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).


Plankton Biomass has been depleted by 40%. (Source; Captain Paul Watson).

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.

whale shark and bag

Yes, the Oceans are in trouble.
We, as a race, have forgotten about respect.
The Ancient people knew, and lived at one with Nature.
We need to find our way back. Before it's too late.

care of the ocean

Please try and do your bit in helping us save our oceans.
It's down to us now, we're their biggest threat and their only chance.
It just depends on our next course of action.

Things we can do to help:
  1. Never buy Shark cartilage, Chondroitin, eat shark's fin soup, or use Chinese Medicine that uses it.
  2. Do not buy Krill oil in any form.
  3. Never use plastic bags, invest in re-usable shopping bags.
  4. Do not buy exfoliants that contain microplastics.
  5. Cut down on your fish intake or better still, stop eating it altogether. Essential Omega Oils can be found in Hemp, Hemp milk, Flax seed oil and seeds, among other things.
  6. Participate in beach-cleans or, just pick up plastic bags etc. from your local beach.
  7. If you buy plastics in the shape of bottles etc., please re-cycle
  8. It may seem obvious, but never visit Oceanariums that keep dolphins, whales, sharks, seals, turtles, penguins, rays etc.
  9. Never swim with captive dolphins or whales.
  10. Don't buy tropical fish.
  11. Learn empathy for all living creatures. Put yourself in their shoes. They are not here for our entertainment. It is up to us as caretakers of the earth to care for and protect them.
  12. Participate in positive visualisations and send love to our Mother earth and all her plants and creatures.

Positive visualisations
Positive visualisations produce amazing results, and the more people who become involved the better those results become.

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.
This is what physicists call 'QUIP' The Quantum Inseparability Principle, that every particle affects every other particle, everywhere, and that everything is the cause of everything, every which way in time". (Source: the Tao of Physics' by Fritjof Capra).

From Reiki Shamanism by Jim Pathfinder Ewing. "Our thoughts, our intentions, really can change the World".

Please join Mermaids 4 Cetaceans and help to do just that.