Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean

According to the The Independent Co., there are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

The only solution to stop this fatal malady is to reduce, if not totally stop, our consumption of the material. It sounds absurd—impossible, even, because which part of our daily lives does not even involve it? Plastic is uncontrollable. But maybe, hopefully, a little tweak in our lifestyle can bring hope to our ocean.


Don’t chew that gum

Polyethylene and Polyvinyl Acetate—synthetic rubber, is the main ingredient of most chewing gums in the market. It is not food. Chewing it is literally chewing on plastic. Not only it is toxic to your body, but it is also harmful for the environment.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


#LastStraw

Instead of using plastic straws, why not purchase one of those stainless steel ones. Some of them also come with a little brush specialized to clean its insides—hygienic still, right?

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


Bring a tumbler

You can save million of marine lives by simply bringing your own water bottle. Skip buying bottled beverages. Not only you are saving yourself from extra sugar and chemicals, you are also saving mother earth.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


No to products with microbeads

Stop using beauty products, household cleaners, and especially sunscreens that contain microbeads. Filters of water plants cannot capture them because they are too tiny. So, they end up being dumped into the sea—eaten by fish and oysters that are later on served on your dinner plate.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


Yes to potluck

Switch to reusable stainless or glass containers. Instead of buying food in plastic packages, better to pack home food. Or if you are really craving for fast-food, tell the food counter attendant to just put your food on your reusable box.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


 

Just Breathe Better Underwater

Sharks: Serial Killers of the Seven Seas?

Sharks: Serial Killers of the Seven Seas?

Only a few dwellers of the deep strike as much fear and fascination as the shark.  For decades, sharks have been the rebels of the seven seas thanks to sensationalized stories and stereotyping from movies and novels. The classic picture painted by the minds of seafarers has had the sea monster feared rather than revered giving their rep an injustice.  Let’s set the record straight and dive in to find out if sharks are truly the grim reapers that they are or are they just misunderstood?


The Non-Human Diet

The mere thought of sharks killing people can make an exciting blockbuster, but contrary to popular belief the sea creature is on a non-human diet. They attack humans due to poor water visibility and the urge to take exploratory rites.  They mistake humans from their usual prey, which in most cases, fish or seals. Once they realize it’s not their usual diet, they’ll just leave you alone.

Sharks: Serial Killers of the Seven Seas?


Victims or Suspects?

We humans flatter ourselves by thinking sharks lurk by the waters as we get our tan or while we playfully splash water in our bikinis. To be honest, they’re not that interested. In the year 2016, only four shark-related deaths have been reported. This is nothing compared to how sharks are killed by the millions. A “shark attack” would only end up with a few hundred stitches or a loose leg or arm. I wish could say the same for this sea creature. Sharks don’t get that lucky when it comes to being stalked and hunted by their most formidable predator. They get finned then thrown overboard to drown, bleed to death or get eaten by other sharks.  

Sharks: Serial Killers of the Seven Seas?


Or Cops?

Being the apex predators that they are, sharks brings the marine ecosystem into full-circle by keeping the fish populations in check. Fishes then would overgraze and destroy large sections of the oceans. The marine realm would be in complete chaos. Sharks are keepers of the peace and order underwater. They sustain species diversity by eliminating the weak and the sick as is with keeping the equilibrium in the food chain.

Sharks: Serial Killers of the Seven Seas?


Silver Bullet Solution

Virtually see the creature with new eyes as the SSI Shark Ecology activity-rich course gets you geared up with new, as well as traditional techniques, for categorizing sharks, understanding behavior, and unraveling the secrecies its evolution. Explore universal shark populations and consider shark-human interactions and their influence on history and culture. These creatures are rapidly becoming endangered, and some are on the verge of extinction. If sharks were to vanish from the world’s oceans, the environmental consequences would be colossal. Our actions have directly, and indirectly, caused this injury; it is now up to us save them. Divers associate sharks with death because of sensationalized stories passed on over the years. Let’s not forget that the ocean is their natural habitat. We are only uninvited guests. Is it really fair to give them a bad rep?

Sharks: Serial Killers of the Seven Seas?


Just Breathe Better Underwater

Marine Life Lovers! Here’s something for you!

SSI Marine Ecology Specialty Course

Marine Lovers! Scuba Diving will never be the same after you learnt them all!

During your Open Water Diver days, I bet you've seen a marine life but wasn't able to identify it or describe it sufficiently for you friends to help you decipher what was it. Overtime, I'm sure you're becoming better and better in identify and describing marine life and know where their favourite hiding spots are or where to look for them, but still there are some marine life you might not be able to do so or you might be curious about their history and biology.

Not to worry! SSI has a range of marine ecology courses all lined up for you to immerse yourselves in. The knowledge from these courses will definitely prove rewarding and fruitful to you no matter what made you take up scuba diving in the first place.

SSI Marine Ecology Specialty Course. The fascination of the underwater world, how it is made up and its biodiversity are all part of this specialty course. You'll gain more understanding of the oceans, marine life and ecosystems that mother nature has bestowed upon us. Human impact and how we can reduce and management them is also taught, so we no longer have an excuse to say we didn't know!

SSI Marine Ecology Specialty Course

Sharks, a favourite of everyone and a marine life everyone wants to see during their dives! SSI Shark Diving Specialty Course dwells into the history of sharks, how sharks have evolved since pre-historic times, the anatomy of sharks and many other fascinating facts about sharks such as their roles and their sensory system! All these, can help you decide a way to contribute to conservation efforts and mitigating all these threats these elusive yet lovable creatures face!

SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty Course on the hand, will cover another favourite of every diver! Identification of sea turtle species, their habitats and behaviour will be taught to you! SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty Course will also provide insights to the threats and conservation that revolves around sea turtles and how you can play a part in contributing to conservation efforts and mitigating the threats these lovely creature face.

How are fishes classified out into different species? And how does fishes in different regions distinguish themselves from others? SSI Fish Identification Specialty Course welcomes you into the world of fishes! Learning about their different distinctive features and the fishes that resides in different part of the world, no fish will be left unidentified in your next dive!

SSI Fish Identification Specialty Course

Likewise for corals, they have different characteristics and classifications. Even the way they reproduce is something worth learning about! Different parts of the world have different corals and SSI Coral Identification Specialty Course will teach you how to distinguish them apart and how to classify them too!

With all these marine ecology specialties awaiting for you, don't hesitate, give yourself a chance to learn more about what the wondrous ocean can offer you and how you can contribute back to mother nature too! We know its hard to choose between all of them. Fret not, SSI has bundles for you to take up these specialties courses.

Just drop us an email or call @+65 6734 9373  to find out more! Or even better, head down to Gill Divers, to interact with our friendly staff and see how we can structure these courses to suit your needs!

We are located at 37 Hongkong Street! You won't miss us!

Brutal Capture of “the Taiji 12″, 200 dolphins killed!!

What kind of horror is this?

Watch the brutal capture of “the Taiji Twelve”, twelve dolphins culled from the annual Japanese dolphin slaughter who are being sold to the Dominican Republic for “swim with dolphins” programs. Amidst the bloody slaughter of 200 dolphins, these twelve were selected and kept alive as they watched their families, their calves and their pods beaten, stabbed and drowned to death.

Sustainability

The talk about sustainability is nothing new. We hear about sustainable living and changing the way we live and our mindsets to take the environment into consideration going about our daily routine, but honestly speaking, it’s not easy. There are many times, you would be tempted into taking the simpler way out and just slip back to your old ways to take that plastic bag you don’t really need or leave the lights on, leave the power switch on the entire night even when it’s not use – appliances on standby can consume up to 60% energy – so how sustainable are our actions towards sustainability ? What is it that keeps you going ? To continue to champion and believe in the green cause ?

Fresh from a diving trip in Sipadan in East Malaysia, it was a timely reminder of the things worth fighting for. The legislation enacted to conserve the marine environment at Sipadan was well worth it when you enter the water and be able to immediately see the vast difference in the vibrant marine and coral life compared to other dive sites. The massive schools of barracudas, vast groups of jacks and bump-head parrot fishes was something i believe one would never see if not for the conservation efforts.

 

It was an experience to be shared. Not just within friends , but these were experience to be shared across generations. These were stories to be told for all ages and while we are fortunate enough to be able to experience these stories , i shudder to think that some years down the road, a fellow diver might tell me that the bump-head parrot fish or the green turtle is an elusive marine creature only to be found in reference books. It’s a scary thought , but it might just be reality. We have already seen species become increasingly decimated and to let this continue would be a grave grave mistake.

It is not enough perhaps then, to just sit behind desk and think you know what is going in the world, you have to go out and see it for yourself, you have to go out and smell and taste it and experience it and from that experience , realize that it’s something worth sharing , something worth treasuring and preserving for all times.

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