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Microbes might be too small to see, but they can certainly make a big impact! After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, microbes cleaned up 120,000 metric tons of the methane in the oil! However, they do not eat some of the more toxic components of the oil, which still remain in the environment. Have you thanked a microbe today?
Ground breaking scientific research has found that the hole in the ozone layer caused by the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) is actually driving a change in the wind patterns and the current patterns around the South Pole. It’s important to remember that activities we do and the products that we use on a daily basis can have a drastic effect on our planet.
If you could take all of the bigger organisms of the ocean (whales, sharks, fish, squid) and add up their total weight, and then took all of the microscopic organisms (like plankton) in the ocean and added up their total weight, which one would weigh more? You might be surprised to hear that the microscopic organisms weigh over 40 times more than all other organisms in the ocean combined!
You may have known that corals are living animals but did you know that they have a partnership with algae living inside of them? Algae known as zooxanthellae (zo-zan- thel-ay) live in the coral’s tissue. The coral gives the algae protection and nutrients while the algae provide food and oxygen to the coral in return. When two living organisms help each other out like this we call it a symbiotic relationship.
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau refer to Hawaiʻian proverbs that generally hold deep historical and cultural lessons. One example is "Ho aʻe ka ʻike heʻenalu i ka hokua o ka ʻale" which translates to "show your knowledge of surfing on top of the waves". The deeper meaning is that talking about one’s skill is not enough, only action can show it. Remember to not only show your knowledge but show your action by helping to conserve our ocean resources.
In a recent publication in the journal Conservation Letters, researchers acknowledge the gap between scientific research and conservation practice and discuss ways to close this gap. This gap exists for many reasons. First, conservation efforts are often at much larger scales than scientific studies can reasonably take place and there is limited funding to involve scientific researchers in restoration projects. In addition, funding and personal limits may hinder the ability to conduct long-term monitoring of these restoration projects. Grants available for restoration and conservation often... (more)