IF YOU BELIEVE SIZE MATTERS: PALAU, A SMALL ISLAND IN PACIFIC IS ESTABLISHING A NON-FISHING ZONE THE SIZE OF FRANCE
In 2009, the island of Palau, located in the western Pacific Ocean just above New Guinea, established the first shark sanctuary in the world. Officials from the country say they’ve seen such success with the shark sanctuary as a buzzing tourist destination that they’ve launched plans to ban all commercial fishing in Palau’s large ocean territory by 2018.
The free fishing zone will span 630,000 square kilometres (240,000 square miles) - an area the size of France - and has been described as “unprecedented”.
The reason behind the no-fishing zone, according to the President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, was to allow the ocean to heal and replenish its populations of fish after decades of overfishing by commerical enterprises from around the world.
“Remengesau said Pacific island nations, which are also struggling to deal with climate change, were effectively “the conscience of the world" on environmental matters and had to lead by example because of their special connection with the ocean,” says Neil Sands for AFP.
“The ocean is our way of life,” Remengesau told journalists. “It sustains and nurtures us, provides us with the basics of our Pacific island cultures, our very identities.”
Remengesau added that sharks offered more value to Palau as eco-tourism assets, saying that a 2011 study conducted by the Australian Institute of Marine Science concluded that a single reef shark could raise almost US$2 million for the local economy over 10 years thanks to the tourists that visit it. Figures put the tourism industry as being almost 30 times more lucrative to Palau than the commercial tuna industry. No attacks have ever occurred as the operators are careful to make sure everyone keeps a safe distance from the sharks.
“We feel that a live shark is worth a thousand times more than a dead one," Remengesau said.
- More : ScienceAlert
The Center for Whale Research has announced that Surprise (L86) was seen with a brand new calf today, designated L120!
If something is ‘old as fuck’ then it’s about 1.2 billion years old because that’s when life evolved sexual reproduction.
However, if something is “old as balls” it’s only about 65 million years old, when placental mammals began to evolve proper testicles.
When the mammals complained about the dinosaurs eating them, the dinosaurs said `Grow some balls…’
And the mammals did.
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Cetaceans in captivity isn’t cute or funny! We just aren’t able to provide them with the mental stimulation social life, and space they require to thrive, leading to miserable lives and early deaths.
People need to wake up and realize THIS is what marine parks teach children and the public. That these animals are ‘cute’ and ‘funny’ and here for our amusement.
Marine parks do not teach children or adults about respect, conservation, or the animal’s natural life and habits.
Weigh less. Work more. Work harder. Achieve more. Be happy. Be sane. Look better. Feel better. Do better. Be better. Have more energy. Waste less time. Get better grades. Get more scholarships. Have better prospects. Have a better education. Make better choices.
How did I go from a 4.0, perfect…
Wow, this is so me right now.
My first dollmaker! I put a lot of work into making this! Now I realize it’s large and unweildly, but it’s still functional and fun, and did I mention it has dinosaurs?
Go ahead and drag and drop, then you can screenshot your dromaeosaur, paste it into an image program, save and upload it.
If this gets notes I’ll add more stuff
Wish I could put stuff like this in the Strange Biology Book!