Monthly Archives: August 2012

AUSTRALIA ~ TO CREATE MARINE HAVEN ~ PART 2

In the following breathtaking video, “Australia Great Barrier Reef“, you get a glimpse into the magnitude of the thousands of species that inhabit Australia‘s surrounding ocean ~ Uploaded by on Oct 3, 2009; Music: Tiesto-A Tear in the Open, Chilling Crew-For Better Moments, Tribal Trance-Orance Leopard Moon. Quote from YouTube video information: “My intentions were to make a quality trip video. We took a 4 day liveaboard with Mike Ball Dive expeditions ending up at the amazing Osprey Reef. The diving was incredible.”
This is a truly spectacular video and a must see in FULL SCREEN.  I am so envious of the divers who experience this thrill of a lifetime!

Some interesting data about the species that inhabit the waters of Australia’s ocean and the Great Barrier Reef ~

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. It consists of more than 2,900 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and thousands of species making it one of the world’s most complex and diverse ecosystems. The animals of the Great Barrier Reef include some 1500 species of marine fish, 360 species of hard corals, between 5000 and 8000 species of mollusks, 600 species of echinoderms, 17 species of sea snakes, 1500 species of sponges, 30 species of whales and dolphins, 6 species of marine turtles, 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds which breed on the reef’s many small islands.

Marine Fish of the Great Barrier Reef

There are more than 1500 species of fish that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. They range in size from the tiny gobies, some of which weigh less than one gram, to the larger bony fishes such as the tuskfish and potato cod, to the massive cartilaginous fishes such as manta rays, tiger sharks and whale sharks. Damselfish, wrasses and tuskfish are among the most abundant fishes on the reef. Other fish of the Great Barrier Reef include blennies, butterfly fish, triggerfish, cowfish, pufferfish, angelfish, anemone fish, coral trout, seahorses, sea perch, sole, scorpion fish, hawkfish and surgeonfish.

Hard Corals of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to about 360 species of hard corals including bottlebrush coral, bubble coral, brain coral, mushroom coral, staghorn coral, tabletop coral and needle coral. Hard corals, also known as stony corals, are a group of marine animals that live in shallow tropical waters and are responsible for building the structure of a coral reef. Colonies of hard corals grow in various shapes and sizes such as mounds, plates and branches. As previous coral colonies die, new ones grow on top of the limestone skeletons of their predecessors. Over time, this growth creates the three-dimensional architecture of a coral reef. Colonies of hard corals consist of thousands of small individual invertebrates referred to as coral polyps. Each polyp is radially symmetrical with a tube-like body that has a tentacle-rimmed mouth at the tip that it uses to feed.

Sponges and Echinoderms of the Great Barrier Reef

Over 600 species of echinoderms and more than 1500 species of sponges inhabit the Great Barrier Reef.

Echinoderms are bottom-dwelling marine invertebrates. They exhibit a type of radial symmetry called pentamerous symmetry in which their body can be divided into five equal parts around a central axis. The echinoderms of the Great Barrier Reef include sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars, feather stars and brittle stars.

Sponges of the Great Barrier Reef include the yellow burrowing sponge, tubular sponge, thick yellow fan sponge.

Marine Reptiles of the Great Barrier Reef

There are 23 species of marine reptiles that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef including 6 species of sea turtles and 17 species of sea snakes. Occasionally, the saltwater crocodile also ventures out to forage on the reef, although such visits are quite rare.

The sea turtles that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef include the green turtle, loggerhead turtle, hawksbill turtle, flatback turtle, leatherback turtle and the Pacific ridley turtle. Some sea turtle species, such as the green turtle, loggerhead turtle and hawksbill turtle, nest on coral cays. The flatback turtle nests on continental islands and the green and leatherback turtles nest on mainland Australia. When not nesting, these sea turtle species use the waters of the Great Barrier Reef as foraging grounds.

Among the sea snakes of the Great Barrier Reef are the olive sea snake, the turtle-headed sea snake and the sea krait. All sea snakes are venomous.

Marine Mammals of the Great Barrier Reef

About 30 species of whales and dolphins frequent the waters of the Great Barrier Reef including humpback whales, Irrawaddy river dolphins, minke whales and spinner dolphins. Dugongs also inhabit the reef, feeding on the sea grasses that grow in the shallow inshore waters.

Not all of these marine mammals are permanent residents of the Great Barrier Reef. Minke whales and humpback whales visit the reef in winter. Other rorqual whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales also migrate through the Great Barrier Reef region but do not stay for extended periods of time.

Mollusks of the Great Barrier Reef

More than 5000 species of mollusks live in the Great Barrier Reef. These include giant clams, cone shells, nudibranchs, octopus, cuttlefish and squid.
 
 
 
 

In this video, “Australia to create marine haven”, Australia’s Environment Minister, Tony Burke, unveils plans for the world’s largest network of protective marine parks.  Published on Jun 14, 2012 by

 

VIDEO ~ “Australia to build biggest marine reserve“, posted to YouTube by Al Jazeera‘s Andrew Thomas from Sydney, Australia on Jun 15, 2012 ~ The Australian government has announced the creation of the world’s biggest network of marine parks (3.3 million square metres), covering an overall area the size of “India”

This video, “Marine Life off Perth, Western Australia”, just released by the Ocean’s Institute, University of  Western Australia, showing a sequence of video footage captured off Perth, Western Australia.  The marine life shown in this sequence now has a brighter future thanks to the plan for marine sanctuaries off Australia’s South West. Published on Jul 4, 2012 by

 Once again, I hope you all realize how vital the work being done by the World Resources Institute Insights is and will find a way to support their efforts ~ insights.wri.org. 

AUSTRALIA ~ TO CREATE MARINE HAVEN ~ PART1

The following four minute animated video, “Coral Reefs: Polyps in Peril” is presented by WRI Insights ~ insights.wri.org ~ Submitted by Lauretta Burke on July 9, 2012
We strongly recommend you visit WRI’s site to read the full article,”Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Coral Reefs“, . 

Ocean advocate Céline Cousteau and cartoonist Jim Toomey (creator of Sherman’s Lagoon) teamed up with the World Resources Institute to bring you “Coral Reefs: Polyps in Peril”. This short animated film tells the story of coral reefs with humor and admiration for these wondrous ecosystems.  Learn about the unique biology of coral reefs and their importance to people around the world, as well as the serious threats that they face due to overfishing, pollution, and climate change.  But don’t let that get you down!  The film also explores what individuals can do to help save coral reefs, including supporting sustainable seafood and tourism providers, reducing your CO2 footprint, and promoting coral reef conservation. Published to YouTube on Jul 9, 2012 by

As a prelude to this topic you might like to preview two of my previous blogs on the Great Barrier Reef:
1) “Great Barrier Reef Video” ~ posted March 6, 2012 ~ watch the National Geographic totally awesome and mesmerizing video, “Exploring Oceans: Great Barrier Reef”.

2) “Coral Reefs Are in Crisis” ~ posted May 15, 2012.

In my next blog, “Australia ~ To Create Marine Haven”, I will be including four videos and very interesting data about the species that inhabit the waters of Australia’s ocean and  the Great Barrier Reef: Marine Fish;  Hard Corals; Sponges and Echinoderms; Marine Reptiles; Marine Mammals and Mollusks.

I hope you all realize how vital the work being done by the World Resources Institute Insights is and will find a way to support their efforts ~ insights.wri.org. 

See you back here for Part 2

AMAZING SHAMU ~ INCREDIBLE MOVIE!!!

The Story of “Believe” centers on a boy and his amazing connection to a Killer Whale. For the first time in the  history of Sea World, an original score was produced specifically for a Shamu show biggest production of Sea World’s history- Uploaded by Marciodisney on Apr 7, 2011.

What I find to be so amazing and incredibly moving is the fact that humans can interact so successfully to the point of ‘being as one’ with 9,000 pound (one is actually 12,00 lbs.!) killer whales who are the top predators in the world, killing and eating anything they want at any time.  The absolute devotion and love the trainers have for these Orcas is overwhelmingly beautiful.  What magnificent and majestic animals they are!!!

Here is a quote from the video, “Behind the Scenes – Beautiful”.  “Each of us in our world, in our own right has a moment in our life where something happens to us and everything that’s happened before comes into focus and we are changed from that moment on.”  ~ Don Franz, Producer/Creative Director in the video, ‘Making of Believe’

The relationship between trainer and whale is based on trust, positive reinforcement and love and the animals thrive.  Laura Surovik, Assistant Curator for Animal Training, has worked with the orcas for 21 years and her favorite  ~ “ there’s always that one…her name is Katina, she started it all in 1985 when she had her first baby and I love her like a person. I feel she’s taught me how to be a better mom, a better wife, a better a better friend, just a better human being.”

I must say that I can’t remember when I’ve been so moved watching a movie and I hope that you will find it to be as well.   These lyrics from the song, ‘Believe’ say it all: “A single moment, our eyes open wide, anything is possible.  And in that magic moment, somewhere deep inside, all that was impossible is possible.

Of course it goes without saying that this is ‘one of the best’ to share with your family and friends. 

Don’t you just want to experience the thrill of being able to hug one of these majestic animals – I DO!!!

 

WHY ARE YOU STILL DRINKING TAP WATER???

These days we come across more reports and articles that add to our already full arsenal of information about the dangers lurking in our municipal tap water~ for example pharmaceuticals and dangerous chemicals that are causing many health problems. Unfortunately the water treatment systems in place that are servicing city drinking water systems do not have the capability of removing these dangerous substances.

More and more people are asking the same question these days, “What is in our tap water – we have to know?”  The question is understandable if we think about organic food becoming more popular because people know that pesticides are not used.  The more important question here is, “Then why are we not concerned about our drinking water?”

Water testing across the U.S. has found traces of antibiotics, antidepressants, blood pressure and birth control medications in our drinking water. Many water filtration plants don’t have the technology to remove these pharmaceuticals and contaminants from our drinking water.

Dr. Oz in his television presentation, “Don’t Drink The Water” points out that, “Our municipalities add chlorine, chloramines, fluoride and all sorts of other chemicals to adjust flavor, kill bacteria and cover odors. Each of these toxic materials have some pretty nasty side effects. Then there are the increasing levels of pesticides and toxic metals leaching into the water from farming and manufacturing each year.”

Here’s a link to Daily Mail online in the UK and I encourage you to read the article, “Poison in the kitchen…How tap water could damage your brain, blind or even kill you”, by Dr. Robert Morris, 30 April, 2008 ~

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-563123/Poison-kitchen–How-tap-water-damage-brain-blind-kill-you.html#ixzz247VYs5yV

Now we should be more concerned than ever when we learn that refrigerator manufactures are adding filters to their models with drinking water to remove these dangerous chemicals.  We must note however that the filters they use are NOT capable of removing uranium, lead, mercury, pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals from the water.  In order to ensure removal of all contaminants, a system using carbon and sediment filters plus a membrane is necessary ~ such as a Reverse Osmosis system. 

GE has this to say about their product filtration system:  “The filter removes 98 percent of five trace pharmaceuticals, including ibuprofen (painkiller), atenolol (blood pressure medication), fluoxetine (antidepressant), progesterone (steroid hormone replacement), and trimethoprim (antibiotic) from water and ice.”

I’m certain that in different areas of the country more contaminants will be added to the ever-increasing list of dangerous substances lurking in our drinking water.

Here is a quote from Healthy, Wealthy, You website, You might be thinking “Well hey, I’ll just stick to bottled water!”.  Well hold your horses!  A report released by the Environmental Working Group found disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication in bottled water, not to mention the familiar toxins in found in tap water, chlorine and fluoride.  On top of this bottled water is 1,900 x more expensive than tap water!  Bottled water just doesn’t cut it!

A good water filter is a must, and will pay for itself quickly from the savings of avoiding bottled water.  A home filtration system makes your water exponentially safer by removing dangerous contaminates like lead, arsenic, chlorine, bacteria, and cysts from your water before consumption, and makes it taste better too.

Don’t you think it is high time to consider installing a Reverse Osmosis system to have the peace of mind that you and your family are not drinking the dangerous chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are found in our drinking water.

At Eternally Pure Water Systems Inc. we sell an increasingly   popular Reverse Osmosis System for your drinking and cooking water ~ guaranteed to remove all contaminants and provide you with pure, healthy and refreshing tasting water.

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SHARK WEEK 2012 ~ SWIM WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS!

To observe Shark Week 2012, I’ve found two incredible videos to share with you that I know you will find to be entertaining and educational.

Why ‘Shark Week‘ Sells

The terror of the deep swims onto television screens this week as the Discovery Channel’s beloved ‘Shark Week’ kicked off Sunday evening. Executive producer Brooke Runnette explains the 25-year success of the Discovery Channel event ~ “The Discovery Channel works with scientists across the world to produce the programming that has made Shark Week the staple of every shark enthusiast’s summer. Runnette says marine biologists often pitch ideas to her and the network provides funding for their projects. Discovery Channel also works with the Ocean and Pew Charitable Trusts to sponsor legislation and public service announcements to promote shark conservation.”  ~ excerpt from: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/08/14/why-shark-week-sells

You will probably be amazed by the wealth of information about the great white sharks shared in the following video ~ CNN’S Anderson Cooper on Assignment for 60 minutes ~ YouTube video, “The Sharkman”  Uploaded by CBSNewsOnline on Jul 24, 2011.

Anderson Cooper dives unprotected with great white sharks and Michael Rutzen, known as “The Sharkman”, a South African who’s spent more time up close with the ocean’s most feared predator than anyone else.

According to Rutzen ,”the great white sharks are far from mindless killing machines – great whites are smart, curious and not out to kill humans.”  He says that when looking for a great white shark he can swim with, he needs one who is calm, curious and one he refers to as a ‘player’ – so relaxed, has a nice personality and woke up on the ‘right side of the reef’.

Another amazing video from YouTube ~ “THE SHARKMAN – Micheal Rutzen Hitches Ride On A Great White Shark“.

Michael Rutzen plunges freely with a great white shark. Rutzen eats, sleeps, breathes and dreams of sharks and is on a one-man crusade to prove that rather than being the crazed man-eater from Jaws they are in fact sociable and approachable creatures to anyone who understands their body language. Uploaded by on Aug 22, 2009

I trust that you enjoyed these videos and will share. Let’s hear from you ~ we appreciate your feedback.

25TH ANNUAL SHARK WEEK AUG.12 – 18

Shark enthusiasts world wide know that this week is the 25th celebration of SHARK WEEK,  and for those who didn’t ~ now you do.  Why not let us know how you’re celebrating the event. 

Philip De Franco is Discovery Channel’s host for Shark Week, 2012 and was asked, Why are we so fascinated with sharks? “Sharks are the last ‘wild’ thing. The power and the general awesomeness make them near the top of the food chain, and there is something interesting in all of that.”  “They’re smooth. They’re iconic. They’re a lot of species,” De Franco says of sharks. “They’re just awesome.”

Great Whites of the Serengeti | Great White Highway” – Shark Week 2012, on the Discovery Channel ~Catch the premiere of SHARK WEEK 2012 Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 9PM e/p on Discovery. | http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/shark-week/#mkcpgn=ytdsc1 | The Pacific Ocean is like a Blue Serengeti, teaming with wildlife, great migrations and sharks. Very big sharks. “Great White Highway” is part of theShark Week

Check out the Discovery channel Shark Week’ viewing for this week:

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/shark-week/#mkcpgn=ytdsc1

On Tuesday, Aug. 14th” you can watch, “Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” (10 p.m., Discovery). The true story of soldiers who survived being in shark-infested waters for weeks is revealed in this documentary.

On Thursday, Aug.16th at 9 p.m. you can see, “Great White Highway” (9 p.m., Discovery). California‘s sharks don’t always swim around Hollywood deals. They can be found nearby in the ocean, too.

You’ll find many additional videos to watch with the same link above.

GREAT LEADERS’ QUOTES ~ INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO

Watching this video, “Great Quotes from Great Leaders“, by Peggy Anderson, from Simple Truths will certainly be an inspiration for you!

All of the quotes from these very famous leaders will certainly stand the ‘test of time’!

Video link ~ Great Quotes from Great Leaders

The following are my top seven favourites from the video ~ not in any special order.

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

 “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Nelson Mandela (1918 – )

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

 “The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945)

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
Helen Keller (1880-1968)

“I believe the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Great Quotes from Great Leaders allows us to learn from some of the greatest leaders of all time—those who have inspired, comforted, persuaded and motivated those around them. With more than 400 quotations and 75 photographs, Great Quotes from Great Leaders is a collection of timeless wisdom that echoes the integrity, strength of character, and passion of these extraordinary men and women. So learn from Great Quotes from Great Leaders and apply their wisdom to your own life.

What a wonderful world it would be if all leaders today applied the “timeless wisdom that echoes the integrity, strength of character, and passion of these extraordinary men and women” everyday in their lives!

I hope you enjoyed this inspirational video and will share with others.