Oceans

Enjoy… 🙂

 

Happy World Oceans Day! 😀

To learn more about the day, visit: www.worldoceansday.org and www.un.org/en/events/oceansday

 

 

Heroes

I loved the tv series, Heroes. It was about these ‘special’ people all over the world who had wedsecret powers. One could read minds,another could fly,another could regenerate, another could paint the future,another could bend time and space… In Season One, one thing they discovered in my favourite episodes ‘Hiro’ and ‘Better Halves’ is that they were all interconnected. The world was about to get destroyed and they all needed to work together to , ‘Save the Cheerleader, Save the World’.

We all are interconnected. We all have special abilities that can contribute towards saving the environment. We all can be heroes in our special little ways. Some could plant trees, others could recycle, others could reduce the amount of water they use, others could stop littering, all of us need to stop buying products from endangered species

So on this special day, remember…

#Save the environment, Save the world

Happy World Environment Day. 🙂

For more on the day, please visit: http://www.wed2016.com/

 

 

 

Crush

Today is another special day. 🙂

Today is World Turtle Day!

According to Live Science, ‘turtles are  aquatic reptiles with hard shells that protect them from predators.They have webbed feet or flippers and a streamlined body. Sea turtles rarely leave the ocean, except to lay eggs in the sand. Freshwater turtles live in ponds and lakes, and they climb out of the water onto logs or rocks to bask in the warm sun’.

 

Most turtles are omnivores and live to more than 1oo years. All turtles lay eggs. They dig nests in the sand and let the eggs hatch on their own. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), lists many turtle species as threatened, endangered or critically endangered.

So I applaud organisations such as Local Ocean Trust who support Watamu Turtle Watch (www.watamuturtles.com) in Kenya. WTW was started in 1997 by the locals to ‘protect nesting sea turtles’.

Crush?

Crush is a Disney charachter. The 150-year-old sea turtle helps Nemo and Dora (wrong charachter) Dory…Nemo and Dory find their way home in the Disney/Pixar 2003 animation film, ‘Finding Nemo’. You can see him with his son Squirt below.

Gimme some fin

‘Gimme some fin’ as we celebrate World Turtle Day …:)

 

Fish

 

I love love love fish. Well cooked fish simply makes me happy. Reminds me of one of the best cooked fish I ate in 2014 at a restaurant in Nairobi … Slurp😋

My mother grew up by the Indian Ocean and one the stories that she tells that never tires me is one of… Drumrolls… Fish! 🎉. Yes, you guessed right. 😊.

In those days, there would be seasons where live fish… LIVE Fish… would be washed ashore. The community would simply stroll to the beach and pick their dinner. Imagine that!  Today, this can only be a dream. The effects of overfishing and the decrease in fish production are felt in many parts of the world.

Why the random fish stories?

I have just discovered from one of nature.org ‘s tweets that today is World Fish Migration Day. The aim of the day is to raise ‘awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish’.  Fish migration is ‘the journey that fish make to reproduce or feed and complete their life cycle. Barriers like dams, weirs and sluices disrupt natural river flow and prevent them from reaching their breeding  grounds’ .

I may not be an ichthyologist (fish expert) but I believe that better migration paths for the migratory type of fish will have a positive outcome of higher biological  production rates and perhaps a decrease in the price so that it is affordable to all. Who knows, with good feeding and breeding of fish, we could go back to the days of picking fish from the shores of rivers and oceans…

For more on this day, please visit: http://www.worldfishmigrationday.com