Week. You’re allowed to be excited. If
you already like sharks you will doubtless be enjoying that the internet is
awash with sharp-finned fun. But if you don’t know much about sharks, or are a
bit wary because they’re scary, you might be wondering what all the fuss is
Selfridges Project Ocean - making sharks more fluffy
Okay, so it’s unlikely you’ll ever see a hammerhead
on a helter-skelter; it’s fair to say you won’t see many basking sharks
see-sawing with sawfish; and woe betide the wobbegong
that tries to have a go on a roundabout. But sharks need parks too. They have
as much right to play in safety as anyone else, right?
Being held in captivity can chop 50-60 years from a killer whale's life expectancy
When I was little, I can vaguely remember a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park for my
birthday. This was back in the days when the world was black and white,
Starburst was called Opal Fruits, and they still had dolphins in captivity in
the UK. I don’t remember much, but I know we watched a dolphin ‘show’ with
balls and hoops and clapping and ‘ooh-ing’.
You can’t see a dolphin in the UK doing that today. That is
An attempt by big fishing firms to protect their decades-long
stranglehold on Britain’s fish was resoundingly defeated in court. The
judgement gives back control of our seas to the public and the UK government,
rather than big industry.
The Arctic Sunrise arrives in London for World Oceans Day
In more than three decades at sea, I have had the pleasure to sail
across the world’s oceans; I have had the privilege to witness ocean
life in a way that few others can; I have experienced the magic and
mystery of some of the planet’s biggest, smallest, most beautiful and
strangest creatures. From blue whales to the tiniest seahorses and
almost everything in between!
An Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swims in the open blue ocean of the Pacific.
When I heard it was World Turtle Day,
I hatched a plan. I know that to an international audience ‘turtle’ covers a multitude of reptile species, but rather
than getting all Queens’ English-y over what is a tortoise, a terrapin or a
turtle, I thought this was a good
opportunity to focus in on the seven amazing species that roam our oceans – the sea turtles.
Posted by Willie — 22 May 2013 at 3:09pm
Today is International Day for Biological Diversity. An opportunity to celebrate and wonder at the amazingly diverse variety of species we share the planet with. This year it has a water theme, so we’ve been having some fun over on Twitter, and here’s our pick of the weirdest and most wondrous watery wildlife you definitely need to know about.
While considering how to write a blog on the latest
developments on Europe’s bumpy road to fisheries reform, I decided to take a
step back in time. Eleven
months ago I wrote this blog explaining where the discussions were at, what
was still on the table, and outlining a number of areas of concern.