Archive for the ‘Seas’ Category

Land and sea

So about a month ago I wrote the post Mother earth’s main ingredients where I talked about what’s in our soil. Then I came across this article a few days ago, entitled “Scientists just discovered billions of organisms underneath the land and sea by Ilana Strauss over at Treehugger. Who knew!?

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Forest of the seas

When I read this article, I must admit I’d never read much about kelp or really seen the term kelp forest.  So I thought between my love of trees and forests, and the fact that the author of this article was looking for a way to spread this story, this would be a great article to write about today.

The article (or narrative as Kendra Pierre-Louis describe her work) is entitled “How One Climate Reporter Helps Readers Care About Kelp” over at the New York Times. While my post is not nearly as eloquent, hopefully it is a stepping stone to that aforementioned narrative.

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Strawless in St. Louis

Okay it’s not as catchy as strawless in Seattle but it’ll do. So I’ve been trying to go strawless for a while now and I will admit it’s not easy as I thought it would be. Tonight though, I just decided to put one of my metal straws in my work bag.

Anyway, if you need some motivation, check out my earlier post entitled Plastic straws. You can also check out this article entitled “Seattle Fights for Sea Animals by Going Strawless for September” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. It’s not easy but it is worth it. Check out some of the statistics in the article.

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Lost beach

As I sat and watch the Mississippi river during the latest round of floods here in Missouri this past spring, I’m reminded how no matter what humans do to the river (i.e. dams, levies, etc…) when she wants something, mother nature just goes and takes it.

In this case, it was a beach on Achill Island, located off the coast of Ireland in 1984. Then suddenly it was returned this past April. You can read about it in the article entitled “Lost Irish beach returns after 33 years: A freak tide just returned more than 1,000 feet of sand wiped out by a brutal winter storm on Achill Island” by Michael d’Estries over at Mother Nature Network.

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Orcas & great whites

So for a reason unknown to scientist, at least three great white corpses have washed up on the shores of South Africa recently, all with their livers removed and with Orcas believed to be the culprits. This according to the article entitled “Are Orcas Killing Great White Sharks for Their Livers? Experts Stunned” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV. Stay tuned to find out more about this mystery of the seas.

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Blue day

Okay, so it wasn’t a blue day today but that sort of leads me to the topic of my article (maybe two) on blue whales. The first article is entitled “How Do You Dismantle a 90-Ton Whale? Start With a Strong Stomach and a Machete: When the corpses of two blue whales floated into two Newfoundland seashore villages, it presented a rare research opportunity; ‘I was totally slimed’” by Jacquie McNish but unfortunately it’s over at the Wall Street Journal. Since that usually requires a subscription, may I suggest that you run over to your local library and read it? It’s in the January 2, 2017 issue.

The second article however, is free and entitled “11 facts about blue whales, the largest animals ever known to live on Earth by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. I must say, while the first article gives you lots of in-depth information, this second article is sort of the short and sweet version of whales.

Now if all else fails, you can also go to your library and check out the kids book entitled Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett (Author) and Adam Rex (Illustrator). Whew, that was a whale full!

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Horseshoe crabs

As I’ve talked about before, horseshoe crabs are a favorite of mine, ever since I  read “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind”  by Richard Fortey. So when I came across this article, I was disturbed.

The article is entitled “Medical Labs May Be Killing Horseshoe Crabs: Drawing the crabs’ blue blood for vital medical testing can condemn the animals to die, even after they are returned to the sea” by Caren Chesler. Hopefully, we’ll start to re-think how we treat them.

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Green Librarian