With cunning ways of evading predators and snaring their
prey, cephalopods are the ninjas of our oceans. From the scary 'vampire squid
from hell' to the adorable Dumbo octopus, here’s eight quirky ocean-dwellers
which show why caring about these fascinating animals should go beyond #CephalopodWeek.
‘Shark’: it’s an
evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up
a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a
certain cinematic soundtrack. #SharkWeek
ramps up the public awareness around sharks, but it’s also a chance to
reconsider and revalue these iconic, and undoubtedly
awesome, ocean creatures.
For a birder there are few sights more exciting than a large cliff-side colony of breeding seabirds with all the noise and activity, the endless comings and goings. It would be impossible not to be impressed by the cliffs at Alkefjellet in Svalbard. The glacier ice is red in places a result of an algae living within the ice. Stretching from the entrance of a fjord and butting up to a glacier, this area is truly a living land and seascape.
Four of us hunch over a screen with the radio operator. We're looking at AIS (Automatic Identification System) information, a tracking system used to locate vessels. In fact, anyone can see a basic version of this information online. But there's a reason we're freezing our arses off here in the Arctic rather than checking the information, slipper-clad, from our sofas.
While my colleagues have been doing big, bold and brash
things like confronting oil drilling in the Arctic and taking on Tescos
over their slipped commitments on sustainable tuna, I was reading reports by
the European Commission and poring over the minute details of European Regulation.
Doesn’t sound very Greenpeace, does it?
If they thought they had avoided Greenpeace’s scrutiny, they were wrong. For the first time, we are checking what’s in the tuna tins in Aldi, Lidl, Ocado, Iceland, Budgens and Booths. They join a growing list of supermarkets we’ve surveyed about the tuna they use in their tins, and how it’s caught.