Sunday, 29 October 2017

Blue Planet Loving

...the king himself is back on the TV people!


We all love a bit of David Attenborough, right? I actually don't think I have ever met a soul on earth who doesn't, so in anticipation for the upcoming Blue Planet II episode tonight, I thought I'd throw a little post together all about the Blue Planet we live in and raise awareness of the dangers facing my favourite sea creature, the Orca (or Killer Whale). A bit different for this corner of the internet, but why not eh? Enjoy...

5 FACTS ABOUT OUR OCEANS

1. 94% of life on Earth is aquatic.

2. The pollution not only effects the sealife, but people are becoming ill from consuming contaminated seafood, leading to illnesses such as cancer and damage to the immune system. 

3. There is an island of garbage as big a Texas floating around in the Pacific Ocean - it's called the North Pacific Gyre and is found just off the coast of California.

4. The longest mountain range in the whole world, is found under water - it is called the Mid Oceanic Ridge and is 35,000 miles in length, running across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

5. More than 50% of sea turtles have consumed plastic in their lifetime.

If anyone is interested in watching a documentary all about our seas, I would recommend Human Planet - Ocean Into The Blue on BBC iPlayer. 


AWESOME ORCAS

Last summer I was lucky enough to visit Victoria on Vancouver Island (blog post here), where I went whale watching for an afternoon with my family. Whilst on the boat, we spent 2 hours with a pod of Orcas, observing from a far. It was honestly the most surreal experience of my entire life. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Also known as killer whales, orcas are actually not a whale at all, but the largest species of the dolphin family. They are the most sociable mammals of the ocean, usually travelling in pods of between 5-30, however some pods sometimes join forces to travel in groups of 100+. The pods each have a hierarchy and are each ran by the females (girl power). Each individual pod also has its own dialect, almost like a special language that only its' members understand. Although beautiful animals, they are extremely deadly, and being carnivores they have a diet of fish and other marine mammals, for example dolphins, seals and even other whales. They are also highly intelligent animals and have strategic hunting methods, for example in the Antarctic, pod members cooperate to make large waves that wash seals from ice floors into the sea trap.

Although they are not on the endangered species list, these beautiful animals are still at risk to our ever growing industrial industry. The plastic waste that we use and dispose of as consumers is so dangerous to them both as a primary threat and also secondary through decreasing the number of species that they prey on. Their intelligence also makes them extremely attractive to humans and in particular aquariums and sea life attractions. Companies such as SeaWorld capture the whales to use in performances, making them perform unnatural movements and also keeping them in captivity. If you would like to help change this, please sign this petition - which is the latest ongoing petition attempting to close down SeaWorlds Orca Tanks and performances after the death of one of the whales. I know it's only a small and what might be seen as insignificant gesture, however every signature really does help to save these animals. 


If you ever have the chance to go whale watching I would highly recommend it - it will change your life - I mean it!

Now grab yourself a cuppa tea and a biscuit, plonk your ass on the sofa and get snuggly - David Attenborough is about to grace our screens people - Blue Planet II is on at 9pm!

Lots of love, Katie xo
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