For the first time ever, a mother grey whale has been caught on camera with two calves, thanks to the help of drone technology. Experts are unsure if the second calf was adopted by the mother, which would be extremely unlikely, or if the two calves are twins, which would be a similarly rare occurrence. There are no other known cases of a grey whale with two calves at once. This footage comes from Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari, based out of Dana Point, California.
It’s beautiful footage of these majestic creatures. Unfortunately, human activity is literally laying waste to their home.
For example, the nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima resulted in 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water containing radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90 being flooded into the Pacific Ocean every single day. Contaminated water is still leaking and still poses a major problem.
A second example would be the BP oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, which was so large that it could not be concealed from the public. There are plenty of smaller-scale oil spills occurring which we don’t hear about.
A third example would be the fact that whales have been showing up dead on multiple beaches, bringing forth a very powerful message in the form of stomachs full of plastic. This has happened multiple times, and you can read more about it here.
North East of Hawaii, the ocean currents form a giant whirlpool of debris from around the Pacific called the North Pacific Gyre. It’s one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, comprising millions of square kilometres. Today, it’s better known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of Queensland, Australia with approximately one million tonnes of plastic collecting in the ocean. You can read more about that here.
These are just a few examples of the impact human activity is having on the oceans. It’s important that we recognize the fact that it’s time to change our ways here and do things differently. Our entire “system” set up here is one that is clearly not working. We can have a planet where all life can thrive, where our activity does not destroy it. We can
If you are asking yourself “how” then I do not know what to tell you, there are thousands of different ways! If you truly want to know, all it takes is a little research. The solutions are out there. Back in 2013, we reported on the story of 19 year old Boyan Slat, who had developed a device with the capacity to remove 7,250,000 tonnes of plastic and garbage from the world’s oceans in just 5 years. Boyan, now 20, and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup Project, has just announced that his project will come into fruition by 2016.
Technology isn’t the problem. From new ways of generating energy and growing food, to advancements in medicine, we have the ability to change things right now, at this very moment. What we need is a shift in the way we think about the world. We need a shift in the way we see ourselves and our relationship with, not only the other life on this planet, but the planet itself.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
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