conservation, Uncategorized

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?

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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.

 

Travel Comoros, Uncategorized

Humpback Whales in Moheli Comoros

 

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It is that time of the year again, when the humpback whales have arrived to Mohéli, Comoros. A remote, isolated island in the country of Comoros located in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar. These clean, calm and safe waters have been the birthing ground for Humpback whales for as long as the locals remember, and every year from July to October pregnant mama’s travel all the way from Antarctica to give birth here.

Photos by the ever talented Philipp Oppermann.

Humpback Whale Migration

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Guides, Travel Comoros, Uncategorized

How To Relocate A Sea Turtle Nest

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Mother nature knows best, and in her infinite wisdom a balance of life and death has been created on our planet. Unfortunately due to human kind breaking out of it’s mold and conquering just about every corner of our earth, whether its physical presence in the harshest desert landscapes, drilling for oil deep beneath the ocean or separating ourselves from nature with impressive buildings and creations. Our success has come at a steep price for many species on this earth, and we are currently living through the Holocene mass extinction. The next mass extinction since Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, where no tetrapods larger than 25 kg except the leatherback turtle and crocodile survived.

The IUCN (International Union Conservation of Nature) monitors the population levels, health, distribution and projection of animals and decides to award them one of the 7 labels. Ranging from least concern to extinct. Sea turtles, who are sleek and elegant however have been hunted for their flesh and eggs by several cultures worldwide, are all on the endangered species list. There are 7 species of turtle, and none of them have escaped the effects of human expansion. That is why, whenever we see a injured, trapped or struggling turtle, it is our responsibility to help.

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Green Sea Turtle Status

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Travel Comoros, Uncategorized

Vegan Food in the Comoros

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When I first got the job offer to work on a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, I was extatic and mildly hesitant. Of course I immediately asked my boss whether there would be sufficient plant based options and he replied with “We have our own organic garden, but mostly everyone eats fish”. The job and the opportunity was simply too incredible to give up, so I figured I would move there and see what the food has in store for me.

What I found out, was unexpected and absolutely astonishing, not only do the Comoros Islands, which are located north of Madagascar and East of the Mozambique coast, have plant based food. They have an exquisite selection of exotic, tropical, unique starches, fruits and vegetables. Therefore, not only do I urge anyone who has not heard of this location to pick up an Atlas or search in Google maps, I highly encourage you to mark the spot as your next holiday destination.

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EcoProducts, Uncategorized

Best Scuba Diving Torches

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So you’re looking for scuba diving equipment, amongst all the brands, specifications and price points its very easy to get lost. After ten years of diving, and five years of being a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, I decided why not share some of my insights over my diving career, to help divers to pick their ideal gear. I am not going to be talking the most technical points, however, the aspects of scuba diving equipment that matters in the end : ease of use and durability. Today, we are tackling the best torches to buy.

Why Buy A Torch

If you are an avid, or beginner diver, purchasing a dive torch is high up on the list of priorities. While it does not rank above mask, snorkel, fins, booties, dive computer and debatably wetsuit, a torch is firmly fighting for seventh place. Having a torch helps you shed some light on the sometimes gloomy underwater world. Whether you are trying out your first night dive and require a hand held light device to help you find your way around, are diving to depths where all colours disappear or simply want to shine a light into a crevasse or crack in the rock to try find it’s inhabitants. A torch will make any dive fuller with colour. Check out the other gear I use.

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