Effective conservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the western Indian Ocean is hindered by a lack of basic ecological information about its diet and habitat requirements. This study utilised stomach samples from dead turtles and oesophageal lavage, together with in-water observations of foraging turtles, to identify the relative importance of species contributing to the diet of hawksbill turtles at five localities in the Republic of Seychelles. Read more
Via Tree Hugger: A cool interactive site can show you a path, using the help of a rubber duck to navigate, of where plastic is likely to travel over 10 years from where its dropped. Drop the digital duck anywhere in the ocean (on the site!), and Adrift.org.au will model the movement of plastic from that spot over ten years. Read more
Most people are aware that the oceans aren’t doing so well, but what is going on exactly? ‘Losing Nemo’ is a six-minute, 3D-animated film about the state of the oceans. The film is the result of months of work by a group of creatives from around the world. They worked on it in between projects that pay the rent. It is our message to the world that we are serious about applying our art to contribute to a better world 😉
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The Black Fish: http://theblackfish.org/film/
Mister Lee: http://mrlee.tv/
To hungry humans, glow-in-the-dark food may seem suspicious and unappetizing. To creatures that swim, slither and crawl in the darkest depths of the ocean, however, a glowing bug may be a welcome and easy snack. Scientists have come up with many ideas about why organisms light up. New experiments on tiny, glow-in-the-dark bacteria that live in the sea support the idea that a microbe’s glow isn’t just for show. Hungry animals are attracted to the light and eat the microbes, which then cruise around the ocean inside the animal’s guts. Read more here http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/2012/01/glowing-gutsy-hitchhikers/
The first phase of a new website, dedicated to providing open-access educational materials that support community-based marine conservation, was launched in Mombasa, Kenya on 28 October 2011 at the 7th biannual Symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
The site features a series of 12 handbooks covering a variety of marine environmental issues, from village-based aquaculture to community managed marine protected areas. Handbooks are aimed at local audiences including community leaders, conservation field agents, and school children. The site is an open-access resource centre and public forum for educational tools to support community conservation, based around a wiki, meaning that anyone can register and edit or add content.
To view online or download the books go to this link Indian Ocean Community Conservation Handbooks