‘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.
Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don’t loiter around so
much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts,
and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land
to lay eggs.
They are truly creatures of the ocean. And they are pretty special.
Today is World
Turtle Day – so what better excuse to shell out a bit of love and respect
to these most iconic ocean ambassadors?
Today is the International
Day for Biological Diversity. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but put simply it’s
a day officially set aside to celebrate the world’s wealth of wildlife. For
2014 the theme is Island Biodiversity.
Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many
people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the
short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the
relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but
Penguin Day today, April 25th, and I simply can’t imagine a
world that didn’t have penguins in it. So in order to celebrate our funny
fine-flippered friends I thought it would be good to pull together some fun
facts about penguins. Some are fun, some are facts, and some are both at once.
Every ten years the European Union’s set of laws on fishing,
the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), gets an overhaul. Today sees that process
get its final approval and rubber-stamping from Members of the European
Parliament, as they formally approve the last piece of legislation. So it’s a
good time to pause and take stock on what CFP reform means, and why this time
round has been a game-changer.