Sunday, February 1, 2015
Friday, December 5, 2014
|Photo by Michael Wittkowski|
As we approached the wreck, we all saw the strangest thing.
It was a king crab and an octopus in a scuffle, but the octopus seemed to be winning as the king crab was defenseless under the strong master lock of the octopus. We all felt sorry for it but were also excited about how this was going to turn out.
We spent like 20 mins looking at them slowly move into the wreck with the scuffle as we were slowly running low on air--obviously we planned on seeing much more than that--so we decided to leave and hop back to the amazing reef and continue the dive.
Clearly, since Sci-Fi exists, At the end we all knew what we thought it was, "The King Crabtopus!"
Friday, January 3, 2014
Manta rays are large eagle rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft) in width while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are classified among the Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) and are placed in the eagle ray family Myliobatidae.
Both species are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Anthropogenic threats include pollution, entanglement in fishing nets, and direct harvesting for their gill rakers for use in Chinese medicine. Their slow reproductive rate exacerbates these threats. They are protected in international waters by the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, but are more vulnerable closer to shore. Areas where mantas congregate are popular with tourists. Only a few aquariums are large enough to house them. In general, these large fish are seldom seen and difficult to study
Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
# 11 for sustainable seafood provision - small fishing industry works with sustainable practices.
# 85 for Local Fishing Opportunities - not enough marine protected areas to sustain small close to shore fishing.
no Natural non food products are harvested in Grenada
# 36 for Carbon storage in our coastal system - could be better if we had more mangroves left.
# 39 for coastal protection which measures jobs, wages and revenues of the marine work force - fisherman are better off compared to other jobs available on the island.
# 97 for coastal likelihoods measuring marine related jobs like harbors, marinas, suppliers.
# 25 for sustainable tourism and recreation, protecting the marine resources while sharing it with tourists and generating jobs and revenues for the local community.
# 32 for sense of place or what percentage of our coastal areas are actually protected - we can do much better here.
# 82 for clean waters - this is our weakest point, sewerage from the town of St. George's still goes unfiltered into the ocean, the sewage pipe by the airport is broken since 2004, this is in urgent need of attention.
# 69 for biodiversity, Grenada boast a great variety of marine life.find out more and where your country stands at Ocean Health Index.org