Winter is approaching; Sometimes the looming winter season brings out the worst of my cold temperature malaise, you know the feeling. What better way to cure a winter melancholy than with a prescribed lineup of marine-focused activities to keep your science passions tended as the temperature drops.
Pop the popcorn and relish in a cozy setting while you watch the incredible Netflix-Original documentary Mission Blue, spotlighting legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle. Winner of the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing – Documentary and Long Form, Mission Blue brings light to Earle’s campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries. More on Earle’s mission can be found at National Geographic.
Have you heard about the sea slug Cratena peregrina? These psychedelic slugs, also called nudibranchs, practice “kleptopredation,” which means they prefer to prey on organisms that they themselves have just eaten. Research on these organisms raise questions whether other animals perform kleptopredation. Trevor Willis, a marine ecologist at the University of Portsmouth in Britain and lead author of the study, says that unraveling these detailed feeding interactions will help scientists understand how energy flows through ecosystems, and how such dynamics might shift with climate change.
As podcasts continue their enormous surge in popularity, drop your screen for an audio exploration of NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Ocean Podcast — it is sure to not disappoint. “From corals to coastal science, connect with ocean experts to explore questions about the ocean environment” in broadcasts all under 20 minutes long.
Mark April 6-8, 2018 on your calendar and get yourself a plane ticket. Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival gathers 30,000+ music fans on the beach in Fort Lauderdale for an epic music event that pairs education and entertainment. Also in attendance are 30+ of the top ocean conservation groups that are doing the best work to help save our seas and provide fans with some great conservation concepts on site. “Conservation Village Partners aim to educate fans on their mission, allow fans to leave the festival with an ‘awakened consciousness’ of the issues our oceans and marine environments are facing, and most importantly, teach fans what they can do to make a difference.” The 2018 line up will be announced soon!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.