SOMETHING IS FISHY?!
Last night my family went to the theatre to see Happy Feet, an amazing animated movie centred around a Penquin trying to get humans to stop overfishing.
Later that evening I watched a documentary on Sperm Whales, the largest carnivores on the planet. It is estimated that Sperm Whales consume an estimated 100 Million tons of prey every year. Every year Humans consume about the same amount of fish and catch about 130 Million Tons annually.
Then this morning I read in the Newspaper that the 6th annual Census of Marine Life, 2000 researchers from 80 countries, reported that the deeper parts of the Oceans, especially Anarctica, are full of fish.
They found 500 new species and located one specific school of fish that was the size of Manhattan and estimated that it contained 20 million fish!
This is the opposite of a report last year from the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which reported that:
52% of fisheries are fully exploited, depleted or in recovery!
21% are moderately exploited
16% are over exploited
1% recovery from depletion
3% under exploited
Fishing methods such as bottom trawling use nets that are big enough to hold 3 Jumbo Jets and scrape bare an area twice the size of the US every year!!
Sperm Whales are of course designed to exploit a mysterious deep dark world far below the surface battling and eating Giant squid.
After inhaling air for 10 minutes at the surface a Sperm Whale can dive 3000 feet below and stay under for 90 minutes. For instance, diving around the main island of Hawaii, the world's tallest mountain (3,280 feet higher than Everest), these leviathons swim through an eerie alien mountain range of underwater volcanos.
Did you know that Life on Earth may have actually evolved at the bottom of the Sea without sunlight, fed only by chemicals and heat from the Earth's molten core?
A full grown Bull, 60 feet long weighing 60 tons, can stun a diver with the sonic pulses of his sonar..but the blast from a Navy ship searching for Nuclear Submarines can blind a whale and force them to surface too quickly and get the bends.
Disoriented whales at the surface the Whale can easily be struck by one of the 30,000 gigantic cargo ships that criss cross our oceans every year. Not only that but all of the NOISE from these ships disrupts Whale communications which normally extend for hundreds of miles.
Now from Happy Feet to Sperm Whales to Fishing Reports all of the focus was on the fish that were once safe from humans huddled at the bottom of the world. Here in Anarctica the the Plankton dissolves more Carbon Dioxide than all of the trees in the world!
I have little doubt that humans are about to eviscerate ANTARCTICA, the last stronghold of the Blue Planet.
The mighty Sperm Whale of Moby Dick fame and still recovering from Whaling will lose.
The Sperm Whale may have the largest brain that ever developed on Earth (20 lbs, human brains are 3lbs) but it won't save them.
Thanks to slow reproductive rates and countries like Japan who are desperate to resume whaling on a massive scale, the elimination of these perceived competitors will probably succeed. The Sperm and all other Whales will disappear as will the Penquins and eventually so will the fish that we all feed on...
and then us.
Most Scientists agree that all coastal fisheries are in serious trouble from overfishing and pollution. The deep virgin waters of Anarctica which are home to 2/3rds of the fish on the planet will be targeted to feed the 6.6 Billion humans.
Do you think that there is ANY chance that concerned countries will be able to police conservation efforts out in the middle of the Oceans?