They are for sure marine biology icons: the green turtle Chelonia mydas. Portrait on a t-shirts and mugs, important design element of Hawaii shirts, their plush selves being sold by the dozen in tourist traps. But how much do you actually know about them? Do you know that the babies go travelling on a "lost year" of unknown duration and destination? Do you know that they know how deep they want to dive, before they go down? Do you know how perfectly neutrally buoyant they can stay, no matter if in 2 meters, 20 meters or 40 meters depths?
We are writing the year 2013 - Videolog of the ORG Amocean:
Wide expanses of water are covering the planet. The planet is Earth. The water masses are called oceans. The predominant species of Earth, called humans, considers the oceans their property: Theirs to use, abuse, and destroy.
In some places, the oceans started to fight back. One of those places: a small country in West Africa by the name of Ghana. Here we can observe the battle of humans versus the Atlantic. Who will be winning?
Rubbish in Earth’s oceans is a major threat to all sorts of marine animals, from birds to whales, turtles, seals and fish all the way down the food web to sea cucumbers and zooplankton. On beaches and from boats or while diving I saw marine debris in form of occasional plastic bags, fishing lines and nets, water bottles and soda cans. But those occasional encounters – which were already way too much debris for my liking – didn’t prepare me at all to the amounts of trash along some West African beaches. This collage shows almost all things size of a Euro (or quarter) on an approximately 50 meter long stretch of beach, 2 m wide, just above the water line, shortly after highest tide. This beach part was one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen here. With the normal garbage condition, there is no way to take pictures of everything! This little photo excursion took place at the beach of Accra, the capital of Ghana.