Saving other things


To save something 

v. keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger

There are many things in the world that I want to help save - here are a few of them.  What is on your list?




A Message in a Bottle


 

Every now and there is a nice "feel good" story.  And this is one of them.  Over 130 years ago someone dropped a message in a bottle off a boat that was sailing in the Indian Ocean.  The message simply said, "if found please fill in the details on this note and send to your nearest German consulate".  This method was used, back in the 1800's to track currents to see how they would behave.

 

 

This year, a women walking a beach near Wedge Island, Western Australia, found the bottle when she thought she was picking up trash.

 

 

A great view of history written by the NY Times.  I am not sure what is more amazing - the fact that the bottle had been found or the fact that historians could trace it to the exact ship, date and location when it was dropped in the water.  Pretty Amazing.

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

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What Would You Save?


 

Australians, in general, are pretty "green".  Most believe in climate change, want to protect the environment, recycle, compost and have a respect and appreciation for the unique areas, animals and environment that exists within the country.  Across a variety of survey's Australians were asked what were the top things they would "save".  The results were consolidated and the findings make interesting reading. 

 

 


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  • 89% of those surveyed would save the Great Barrier Reef

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  • The Koala Bear is at the top of the list of iconic species to protect at > 50%

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  • 85% saw plastics as a major issue for the environment


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Interesting survey and results that can be read on the Sydney Morning Herald.

 

 

 


 

 

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Children 's Word of the Year - Plastic


 

Blue Planet II is been given credit for the level of usage of the word plastic in writings done by children between the ages of five and 13.  If you have not seen the documentary staring David Attenborough you should.  Along with featuring amazing creatures under the sea it also focuses on the damage plastic is causing to our oceans and seas.  This raising awareness with children has made plastic be the children's word of the year.  Plastic appears over 1,300 times in a story contest sponsored by the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast program - up 100% from the previous year.  Other words that featured in the top ten were unicorns, slime and the computer game Fortnite were among the other subjects that influenced children's language.

 

 

Read the full story in this BBC article

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

 

 

 


 

 

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The Lobster with a Pepsi Tattoo


 

Off the coast of Maine in the United States they do a lot of lobster trapping.  REcently they brought up a lobster that had a very visible Pepsi logo on its claw.  The markings had come from prolonged exposure by the lobster to a plastic Pepsi bottle transferring the image from the bottle to the animal. 

 

 

There are growing concerns over the amount of debris accumulating in the world’s oceans. Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms.  The poor lobsters "tattoo" is just one example.  

 

 

Organisations and individuals should focus on reducing or eliminating single-use plastic to try to slow down the problems all the plastic is causing.

 

 

Read the full article here from the Guardian 

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

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Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?


 

We all hear the stories of shark attacks or alligators appearing in back gardens of peoples homes or spiders that can kill with the smallest bite.  But which animal kills the most humans?  And we all know that humans kill more animals but which one has the better odds against us?

 

 

This article by Gizmo interviewed several individuals to get their learned opinion.  The top answers on the list are the mosquito, bees and snakes.  Enjoy.

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

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Plastic, Underwater and Pictures


 

In its June issue, National Geographic magazine has published a selection of startling photos highlighting the vast amounts of discarded plastic choking the world's oceans, shorelines and rivers.  Here is a sample of the pictures via the BBC.  Plastic in our oceans is causing the creatures of the sea huge hardship.  My personal worry is creatures like sea turtles who drown in plastic rubbish.  We all can help by avoiding single-use plastic.


 

 

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The Girl with the Strawberry Ring


 

Children are the ones that suffer the most from war.  Not only do they live with death and destruction on a daily basis, they suffer from a shortage of food, clean water and access to education.  In war-torn places like Yemen, a whole generation will not get what they need physically and mentally and this will not only reduce their quality of life but also that of their parents.  In many parts of the world, the children take the responsibility of taking care of their parents when they are old and no longer can take care of themselves.  

 

 

The BBC has created a wonderful story of the girl with the strawberry ring.  A very creative and heartbreakingly beautiful reminder of the harsh realities that children face in places like Syria and Yemen.  

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

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Underwater Melting of Antarctic Ice


 

Climate change is affecting the Antarctic not only by causing the ice to melt and creating more icebergs and exposing the glacier ice.  Hidden underwater melt-off in the Antarctic is doubling every 20 years and could soon overtake Greenland to become the biggest source of sea-level rise, according to the first complete underwater map of the world’s largest body of ice.

 

 

Warming waters have caused the base of ice near the ocean floor around the south pole to shrink by 1,463 square kilometres – an area the size of Greater London – between 2010 and 2016.

 

 

A Guardian article with some great graphics on the impact of the melting on the overall ice levels.

 

 

Comments & Pictures by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

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Punk Turtle Put on Endangered Species


 

Reptiles are not to everyone's taste but there are many of these that are on the list of endangered species.  The most recent is the Mary River Turtle - sometimes called the Punk Turtle due to the greed tuffs on its head and the overall punk look.  The BBC has a nice video of this amazing turtle.

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

 

 

Sunshine Coast News for more detail


 

 

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Some Clownfish have no Personality


 

Next to Whale Sharks Clownfish are my next favourite creature under the sea.  Reseach has found that many types of clownfish have distrintive personalities.  For example, the type of clownfish in Finding Nemo has a very distinctive behaviour primarily shown through bold and aggressive actions as it defends its territory.  

 

 

And sadly there are types of clownfish that have no personality.  This Guardian article explains why.

 

 

Research by the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University analysed the behavioural patterns of two species of subtropical clownfish, or anemonefish: Amphiprion mccullochi, which is endemic to a shallow lagoon on Lord Howe Island, off the coast of New South Wales; and Amphiprion latezonatus, which has a much wider distribution along Australia’s east coast.

 

 

The resulting paper, Some anemonefish lack personality, was published in the December issue of Coral Reef's journal.

 

 

I guess clownfish are like people, some have more or less personality.

 

 

Comments and picture by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

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