Barracudas are known for their powerful jaws and sharp teeth. Scuba divers love seeing them, even though the fish has a dangerous reputation. Here are some fun facts about the Great Barracuda.
First published 09/04/2011; updated for publication in 2023.
The Dwarf Seahorse is a small species of fish. They can be found in waters around the Bahamas and parts of the United States. They can vary in color; our cutie has a pleasant algae-colored body. Here are some fun facts about the Dwarf Seahorse!
First published 08/06/2011; edited and updated for publication in 2023.
Have you noticed it's pretty hot out there? Even the ocean is feeling the heat (and that's not good). It seems we could all use some levity right about now, so here are some family friendly jokes inspired by our marine life friends.
Because it saw the ocean's bottom!
He could always see something fishy going on.
They need to keep up with current events!
Because they're always spotted!
They have their own scales!
Because she always provided fintastic care!
He wanted to be a starfish!
To get to the other tide!
Because they're afraid of card sharks!
National Marine Week is an initiative from The Wildlife Trusts of the United Kingdom. Since the fate of the world's oceans is globally intertwined, marking this two-week long celebration is something we can do no matter where we live.
Wait, National Marine Week is two weeks long? Yes! The event lasts for a fortnight to take advantage of the ocean tides and make sure events can take place within the event period. This year the event takes place from July 22nd through August 6th, 2023. That means the event starts today!
As we set sail into National Marine Week, let's dive deep into the importance of this event that makes a splash every year. National Marine Week is a chance for us all to step back, take in a breath of fresh sea air, and truly appreciate the incredible marine world.
This celebration isn't just about our love for the beach or the beauty of clear blue waters. It's about acknowledging the astonishingly diverse life beneath those waves and the crucial role it plays in our world. And it's about doing what we can to protect our marine environments. From the tiniest plankton to the largest whale, each creature contributes to a balanced ecosystem.
So National Marine Week serves as a rallying point for marine conservation. The fact remains that our oceans and the multitude of species they house face significant threats. Pollution, climate change, over-fishing - these are realities our marine life confront daily. In fact, hot oceans have been in the news lately, and for all the wrong reasons. The National Marine Week Initiative encourages individuals, communities, and organizations to learn more about the issues facing our ocean and take actions to help preserve habitats.
What can we do to make a difference? Start small, perhaps by reducing plastic use or being mindful of sustainable seafood. Engage in beach clean-ups or support organizations that protect marine life. Educate others about the beauty of our oceans and why we need to protect them. And check out the National Marine Week webpage from The Wildlife Trusts to see what other ideas and actions are suggested.
National Marine Week reminds us of the wonder and the fragility of our oceans. It's a call to action for each of us to be a wave of change, no matter where we are, and where we are from. So let's take this opportunity to celebrate, let's learn, and most importantly, let's protect our precious marine world for generations to come. Because without blue, there is no green. And every drop in the ocean counts.
Happy National Marine Week! Let’s make waves that matter.