Monday, 8 November 2010

Mega sad times for ecology and species

Are you a whale lover? (and i'm not talking about the "overweight girl" kind..)
Then you'll definitely be unhappy to hear that 30-40 whales have "beached" (washed up onto the shore) of Donegal Beach (Could you guess that's in Ireland?).
There is no absolute evidence which tells us why the whales beached, however it is theorised that military sonar equipment from the UK navy fleet may have interfered with their positioning; although the nearest fleet was over 50km away, which allegedly doesn't affect marine life from such a distance. This story had particular interest to me as my grandfather used to install military radar equipment in ships all over the world (plus he was a lead researcher into a device which could detect thermal energy coming from Soviet Russia when positioned in America (used to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles and the likes), which he then sold to America during the Cold War).

Have you ever considered taking up plastic as one of your main dietary needs?
Thought not, I haven't either funnily enough.
Loggerhead Turtles, also known as the Caretta caretta turtle, are consuming high amounts of plastic from floating debris in the Adriatic sea.

Studies have found that 1 out of 3 turtles have a quantity of plastic in their intestines. Due to the relatively small size of the turtle, little amounts of plastic can have a big effect.
These turtles eat on floating debris in the sea, but also feed on benthic animals (animals which live on the sea floor). Due to the high amount of waste flushed away into the sea, such as plastic bags, ropes and polystyrene foam, the turtles easily ingest (but can't digest) these plastic pieces.
Message of this blog post - don't mess with a whales GPS, and consider your usage and disposal of plastic products.

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