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Wisdom Wednesday | Whales

Two whales swimming side by side. Photo by Amy Mercer.
There are two main groups of whales: baleen whales and toothed whales. Baleen whales have fibrous baleen plates in their mouths that allow them to filter larger quantities of krill, plankton, and crustaceans. These plates are made out of keratin, which is the same protein that forms human fingernails and hair.

Wisdom Wednesday | Seagulls

Wisdom Wednesday | Seagulls
Aside from their eating habits, seagulls possess other unique characteristics different from many animals, including the ability to drink both fresh water and saltwater.  They even have a superpower-like ability to hover over bridges and absorb energy from the heat of paved roadways! 

Wisdom Wednesday | Dolphins

Wisdom Wednesday | Dolphins
Dolphins love humans! This is no coincidence as they are quite similar to us with their chattiness and intelligence! They are one of the few species that can recognize themselves in the mirror and use basic tools for protection.

Wisdom Wednesday | Spotted Seals

Wisdom Wednesday | Spotted Seals
It’s no surprise that the spotted seal gets its name from its polka dot-like pattern!  Preferring arctic or sub-arctic waters, spotted seals can be found sitting on hauls of ice like the one pictured above!

Wisdom Wednesday | Humpback Whales

A Humpback whale swims through the ocean. Photo by @creationscape on Instagram.
When a Humpback whale is born, it can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and reach up to 15 feet in length. These young whales, called calves, stay with their mothers to nurse for anywhere between 6 to 10 months, until they are about 24 to 27 feet long. 

Ocean non-profit rescinds ocean plastics report from 2015 that falsely blames Asian countries only

Ocean non-profit rescinds ocean plastics report from 2015 that falsely blames Asian countries only

Ocean non-profit organization Ocean Conservancy rescinds ocean plastics report from 2015 that falsely blames Asian countries only for Ocean Plastic Pollution

The group now says that report unfairly placed blame on Asian countries and was wrong to promote incineration as a waste disposal option.

Unless we initiate a generational change in the way we consume and treat plastics, we won't stand a chance to turn the tide around. While cleaning efforts are great, we need to stop the flow first. Every year of 8 Billion tonnes of plastic still find their way into our oceans. It's time to turn off that tab. 

Only 9% of all plastic gets recycled

Plastic Floating in the Ocean

Here’s How Bad Single Use Plastic is Littering the Earth

Gaining control of plastic waste is now such a large task that it calls for a comprehensive, global approach, Jambeck says, that involves rethinking plastic chemistry, product design, recycling strategies, and consumer use. The United States ranks behind Europe (30 percent) and China (25 percent) in recycling, the study found. Recycling in the U.S. has remained at nine percent since 2012

Wisdom Wednesday | Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber

Wisdom Wednesday | Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber
Tiger Tail Sea Cucumbers are the largest sea cucumber in the Western Atlantic. They feed on algae and detritus. Juveniles often mimic sea slugs by crawling around on the bottom slowly filtering sand through their tentacles to gather food. Once older, they can spread their tentacles above them to capture plankton. A number of sea cucumbers feed nocturnally while others feed by day. Sea cucumbers often attract hitch-hikers like shrimps and crabs that crawl over their skin. As a means of defence sea cucumbers can expel their intestines or respiratory organs in the form of sticky threads, but these can quickly regenerate

Wisdom Wednesday | Picasso Triggerfish

Wisdom Wednesday | Picasso Triggerfish
“While the fish in this photo appears to be sitting there allowing me to take his photo it was quite the contrary. He came up at me from the sandy bottom with such intent and speed that I couldn't believe I managed to get him in the frame, let alone having him and is grumpy face in focus!” Picasso Triggerfish vocalizes using a "grunting" sound.

Wisdom Wednesday | Rockfish

image of a rockfish by Steve Peletz
Some rockfish can live to be 100 years or older. Most Rockfish grow very slowly and don’t reproduce until they are at least 10 years old. Believe it or not, rockfish are aged accurately by analyzing the bones in their ears! Some species of rockfish are very territorial and may stay at a ‘home site’ for years. Rockfish often extend their dorsal spines and lean towards an approaching threat.  If this defensive posture fails to discourage an approaching threat, most rockfish will then head for nearby cover. Rockfish have air bladders which allow them to float motionless in the water column. This helps them to sneak up on prey very quietly to strike.

Wisdom Wednesday | Red Coney

Wisdom Wednesday | Red Coney
The United States Navy named one of it's submarines after this majestic game fish. It was launched out of Groton, Connecticut on October 27th 1941, then decommissioned and sold for scrapping on August 11th 1970.

Wisdom Wednesday | Leopard Sharks

Image of a Leopard Shark from Amy Mercer
Living up to about 30 years, leopard sharks can be found in shallow muddy waters, particularly Northern California. Often times they are preyed upon by larger sharks, like the Great White, but they themselves eat relatively small animals like worms, crabs, octopus, and fish.  Branching off from a species of houndshark in the Triakidae family, adult leopard sharks can grow up to 6 feet long, but typically average at about 5 feet.