First, a quicky on the beach of extinction.
Not only are oceans 3 times larger than earth’s land area, but everything that swims in them can also travel up and down. I wish we could fly in the sky like fish swim in the sea. Just imagine we are the ocean’s crabs and that all the fish in the waters above are like what birds are to us. As a crab you would look up into the “sky” above and wonder where all the “birds” are, but then you feel the ground rumble as a huge dragnet scoops you up along with all the rest of the usual suspects.
Here comes the trolls
VICE season 4 episode 5 * is a 28 minute video about Animal Agriculture & Water that kicks you in the privates and emotionally water-boards you for what feels like 2 hours because time sure drags when you’re not having fun. It should be widely available soon.
* VICE S04E05
Empty Oceans, another powerful and short video, is put out by a waif of a mermaid who got drunk as a sailor one night in a tattoo parlor by the sea. Or, maybe many nights.
Til I’m Blue In The Face
► 50% of Great Barrier Reef gone since 1980.
► 90% of Sea Turtles gone since 1980.
► 90% of Big Ocean Fish gone since 1950.
► 80% of Antarctic Krill gone since 1975.
► 70% of Marine Birds gone since 1950.
► 30% of Marine Birds gone since 1995.
► 28% of All Marine Animals gone since 1970.
► 100% increase in ocean acidification by 2050.
► 200% increase in ocean acidification by 2100.
► 100% decrease in ocean fishing by 2050.
When oceans heat up, they form layers like a cake, the warm top layer prevents the upwelling of colder deeper layers. When heat stops the different temperature layers of water from mixing it is called ocean heat stratification. This ocean layer cock blocking prevents nutrient-rich cold water from welling up out of the deep cooler layers of the oceans. The phytoplankton above starve. Without phytoplankton fish will starve. The Indian ocean is quickly becoming an ecological desert just like the corn and soy fields on land where we starve our soils. Okay, let’s check that off – Tropical fish pooched, right.
Geophysical Research Letters http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/2015GL066979/abstract
Scribbles Without Oxygen
Ocean acidification will affect polar oceans sooner than tropical oceans because of something called chemistry which apparently affects more than the attraction between sexists, I mean sexes, or I’m not really sure what I mean. Anyhow, the Arctic will also be affected more than the Antarctic. The amount of acid in Arctic waters will reach levels that threaten the survival of shelled organisms by the year 2030. This will affect the whales and fish that feed on them. Okay, let’s check that off. – polar fish pooched, right.
You Can Tuna Piano… But You Can’t Tune A Fish!
(or something like that)
Captain Highliner: Have ye e’re been to sea Billy?
Billy: No captain, but I’ve been blown ashore.
Billy: Why is the sea so salty captain?
Captain Highliner: Son, when a male blue whale mates, it releases over 40,000 gallons of sperm. Only 30% of it reaches the female and you ask me why the sea is salty?