Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mass tourism can harm fragile reef ecosystems

Indonesia offers some of the best diving spots in the world. But these reefs are under a lot of pressure, from pollution to overfishing, and now by mass tourism that brings hundreds of inexperienced divers underwater. It is not only dangerous for the divers, but they inadvertedly harm the reefs, breaking corals with their fins, leaving traces of sunscreen in the water and disturbing resting animals.

The video below shows the Mola Mola fish, famous for it's pokemon shape, resting in Crystal Bay, one of Bali's top diving spots. The fish comes here to use the cleaning stations, where other fish and invertebrates come eat the parasites off the Mola Mola's skin.

Then the divers, as many as a few dozens at the same time, invest the area and scare the fish off.


56 rare animals killed in the US

56 animals, escaped from a private zoo in Ohio, were killed by the local police force. The deaths include: 17 lions, 18 rare Bengal tigers, grizzly bears, black bears and wolves. Shocking

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

100% Pure New Zealand, not so pure anymore

100% Pure New Zealand is the slogan used by the the New Zealand tourism office across the world. If you've been to NZ, then you know how relevant it is, and how much it means to people in this region. Nature, wilderness and healthy living are what makes this country so wealthy. As you have probably heard, a container ship, the Rena, has crashed onto a reef on the 5th of October off the NZ coast. It has been stuck since, with 350 tons of toxil fuel has been escaping the hull and dozens of containers (some of which contain toxic chemicals) have been falling overboard. While rescue teams are doing their best to contain the disaster and pump as much fuel out of the vessel's tanks, there is a great risk that the entire ship breaks in two under the pressure of the waves. 1300 dead birds have already been recovered, including rare species of penguins. This is by far New Zealand's worst environmental disaster in many decades, and yet another oil spill in our precious oceans.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there - Image of the day

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there.

Creative & Art Director: Ferdi Rizkiyanto
Digital Imaging: Ferdi Rizkiyanto
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