Archive for the ‘Ocean’ Category

Guilt by plastic

So tonight my son and I stopped to get a shake after hi s golf class and I have to say, I’m really getting taken for a ride with guilt every time I use plastic. Along the way I’ve also come across multiple articles on plastic pollution.

Now I could post several articles tonight but instead I’ll just post this one about the tragic loss of a pilot whale due to plastic pollution. The article is entitled “Whale’s Death in Thailand Points to Global Scourge: Plastic in Oceans” by Mike Ives over at the New York Times.

I’ll save the other articles for another day because unfortunately, this scourge is far from over but at least for me, it will now always be on my mind whenever I go shopping. I will however make sure to spread the word, one person at a time.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

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Blue & red

So tonight’s article is really quite random except for the fact that Whale’s are one of my favorite animals. This article actually just struck me as “cute”. It’s entitled “Why did this Blue Whale Swim into the Red Sea?” by Bryan Nelson over at Mother Nature Network. 

While several of the reasons as to why it’s there are not necessarily good, to me, the chance for people who otherwise wouldn’t see it is always a good thing. Perhaps one of those people who see’s it might find it as majestic and beautiful as I do and therefore volunteer in some small way to help Blue Whales. I guess that’s me just being the eternal optimist but nonetheless, here’s hoping.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

By the ocean

So as I talked about in my previous post, Summer vacations by the ocean, I thought tonight I would continue on about what one one topic one would typically talk about when discussing the ocean and beaches, sand.

The article tonight is entitled “The Sahara Desert is Growing. Here’s What That Means” by Mindy Weisberger over at Live Science. Reading this article reminded me, as any article on sand often does, of the book Sand The Never-ending Story by Michael Welland. Tonight I just requested it from the library again.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Summer vacations by the ocean

So as first day spring has passed and soon enough, summer begins to approach, I’m reminded of the times my family went swimming in the ocean or went to the beach. Probably twenty years or more but those memories are still some of my favorites when it comes to our summer vacations.

So maybe that’s why I’m always drawn to organizations that work to protect our oceans. Just this week in fact, I donated $20.00 to a group called 4Ocean, a group that focuses on cleaning up our beaches and oceans worldwide.

In return I get a bracelet made out of that recycled material they clean up. For each bracelet purchased, they will pull a pound of trash from the ocean. While Christmas is still a ways away, I will make sure before then to find another organization that works to help protect our oceans to donate too.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Mental health & blue space

So according to this article and I would say from personal experience as well, it appears that living near water is good for your mental health. I know I’m only around water one week of each year and that’s when we’re on vacation at our cabin on Town Line Lake in Minnesota, but I definitely feel more relaxed there the longer we are at the cabin.

The article that apparently supports this theory is entited “Living Near Water Boosts Mental Health” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. So the next time you’re surrounded by water, see if you’re not more relaxed.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

500 years

Yes, I’ve seen the movie Jaws and yes sharks, scare me (though I haven’t been to the ocean in decades) but I still think sharks are amazing. According to this article, entitled “Greenland Sharks May Live for More than 500 Years” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network, they’re also the longest living vertebrate in the world. Still scary but that is so cool.

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Green Librarian

Wales, dolphins and octopuses

So the first story here was actually how some octopuses came out of the ocean and started walking the beaches of the town of New Quay, Wales. Then this article came out in the New York Times about this town in Wales and their relationship to these ocean inhabitants including the octopuses, jelly fish and Portuguese man-of-war, along with dolphins.

The article is entitled “A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dophins – and Octopuses” by Rod Nordland over at the New York Times. There is also a link to the video of the octopuses walking the beach. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the town is in Wales, which is where my dad’s family is from.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian