conservation, Eco Tips, plastic free

Saving Sharks and Working in Conservation with Scott Wallace

The newest episode of the Ocean Pancake Podcast is out! This time its featuring my dear friend Scott Wallace!
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Are you interested in protecting the oceans apex predators? Getting involved in conservation and saving the oceans with Sea Shepherd. Scott Wallace is an environmental scientist, scuba diver, passionate educator, and activist. He believes we should transition our world view into a more earth-centered one. Join us on part 1 of the two-part podcast, with part 2 focusing on veganism!

Make sure to follow the wonderful Scott on instagram and facebook.

We talk about some really interesting stuff including what over fishing really means and the terrible dangers sharks are in. If the oceans die we die, so help me and help Scott protect our planet.

Did you know its almost Juneocean? The thirty ways in thirty days on how to protect our planet will be coming from June 1st!

Have you checked out the free guide you can download here?

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Can Bacteria solve the Plastic Crisis? With Maria Pinto

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The long awaited Ocean Pancake Podcast is here, with the first episode delving into the world of Marine Biology.

Maria Pinto, who is studying her PhD in Microbial Oceanography, joins me today to talk about all things ocean. She has recently started a website which focuses on scientific communication.

  • How did she become a Marine Biologist?
  • What is the relationship between plastics and microbes?
  • What does the day look like for a Marine Biologist?
  • What can we do as individuals to help protect the ocean?

Follow her on her twitter now!

Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? You can find it on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes!

JOIN THE MOVEMENT FOR A MORE TURQUOISE FUTURE!

Maria has worked on the academic papers discussing relationships Marine Plastics and Microbial Communities.

Along with the Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans.

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Some helpful resources covering some of the topics we discussed.

A quick run down on Marine Plastics available here. What the plastic waste management crisis is. Some alternatives to single use plastics in a easy zero waste swap guide here.

 

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Saving Baby Turtle Hatchlings

After conducting a discover scuba dive from Laka Lodge, I offered my students whether or not they would like to have a walk on the beach. Completely unknown to me, this small decision would lead me to one of the best days of my life. Today, I would like to share with you how I helped 19 tiny turtles, to make their way across their first obstacle in life and enter the oceans.

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The Village of Itsamia

In the Comoros, there are two commonly seen types of sea turtles : The Green Sea Turtle and the Hawksbill sea turtle. These two are not only prevelant in the oceans, but the beaches here have become some of their most common nesting sites. Itsamia is the second largest nesting site for Green Turtles in the Indian Ocean. They lay their eggs year round and the 600 occupant village has been a driver in their protection in the last 40 years. Long before the first Marine Park was established in Moheli (in the year 2001), Itsamia inhabitants protected the turtles from being hunted and eaten.

Long before this was an environmental choice, they simply could not stand the stench of turtle and egg carcasses left behind by the hoard of hunters coming from other islands and villages. Since then environmental factors such as gaining a better understanding of the importance of healthy ecosystems, (since primarily all the villages on Moheli depend on fishing) and the benefits of tourism as renewed their vigour for protecting the nesting sites. All year round it is possible to go visit Itsamia and both see an adult female testing, and hundreds of tiny hatchlings emerging from the sand.

Green Turtles

Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles and the only herbivore out of the 7 different species of sea turtle. The name has been given to them due to the green colouring of the cartilage, rather than the common beleif of being named after their shell. They reside mainly in tropical and subtropical waters world wide.

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