If you are in Melbourne please visit this must see exhibition ‘BLACK AND BLUE - Coal or Coral’ a thought provoking exhibition at @fortyfivedownstairs by award winning landscape photographers The Light Collective.
Today I met a very sad turtle struggling for his life in the turtle rescue centre of the Townsville aquarium. He's a victim of eating one of the millions of plastic bags and other plastics currently polluting our oceans and seas. He mistook a floating plastic bag for a squid, and swallowed it.
Isaac, as he's been named by the dedicated staff and volunteers, was rescued floating in the sea off Townsville. Drastically underweight, badly sunburnt and slowly starving to death, Isaak was diagnosed with a serious obstruction in his bowel which staff are working to clear before he can get back to eating again and rebuilding his strength. At present he refuses all food and lies listless on a raised platform above the water. He cannot swim.
It seems that if turtles consume plastic they are unable to digest or pass they become impacted and "floaty" ,no longer able to dive for the sea grass beds. Isaak had been floating for months. He appears depressed and listless as he hovers between life and death, unlikely to survive.
So please, think of Isaac when you decide whether to take a plastic bag next time you shop. Get involved in saving the reef to save Isaac and other Beautiful Creatures like him.
And go visit him next time you're in Townsville 🙏
Turtley unBelizeable to swim with turtles ❤️🇧🇿Sea turtles are considered living fossils because they have been swimming in the world’s oceans since the days of dinosaurs. But threats like poaching, habitat loss and indiscriminate fishing gear are dramatically their decreasing populations. #stopthenets#belize#seaturtle#seaturtles#toloveandprotectbelize#nobluenogreen 📸s by @sarahdean93
“Do you see the way that we have gone too far?
We need now more than ever before,
To come together put our differences apart.
Stop drifting off of our course,
Do you see the ways that we need our reefs just like our trees along the shore?”
~ @ziggyalberts 🦀
Disclaimer: You must not damage, collect or otherwise take coral, including dead coral, and protected shell species (that is giant triton shell, helmet shell, giant clam) in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. For more information go to the @gbrmarinepark website.
We are at @coralrestorationconsortium Reef Futures 2018! Our Executive Director Dr. Craig Dahlgren gave a talk on monitoring results of our long term project of Reversing the Decline of coral reefs. Well Done Dr. Dahlgren!
Dr. Dahlgren will be giving a talk on the Reef Rescue Network on Thursday during the 8:30am session in the Heron Room. Don’t worry, we will remind you.😉
The Reef Futures 2018 Conference has brought together experts from around the world to share the latest science and techniques for coral reef restoration while kicking off a global effort to dramatically scale-up the impact and reach of restoration as a major tool for coral reef conservation and management.
@scubapro featured us in their latest #blog post! In the post, our Executive Director Dr. Craig Dahlgren (pictured above), explains our Reverse the Decline project and gives a shoutout to @scubapro for their unwavering support in our #conservation efforts. 🙌🏾 Thanks ScubaPro!
Check out the blog at: www.scubapro.com/blog