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Global fish stocks are exploited or depleted to such an extent that without urgent measures we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans.

Entire species of marine life will never be seen in the Anthropocene (the Age of Man), let alone tasted, if we do not curb our insatiable voracity for fish. Last year, global fish consumption hit a record high of 17 kg (37 pounds) per person per year, even though global fish stocks have continued to decline. On average, people eat four times as much fish now than they did in 1950.
Around 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation. Only this week, a report suggested there may be fewer than 100 cod over the age of 13 years in the North Sea between the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. It’s a worrying sign that we are losing fish old enough to create offspring that replenish populations.
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Rich marine biodiversity and healthy oceans are what sustain life on land and without both, all life suffers. This is important.
To find out more about the critical issue of overfishing and to learn about what you as a consumer can do to avoid endangered seafood, click here.

An all-black Commerson’s (or giant) frogfish, Antennarius commersonimoving from one piling to another, beneath a jetty. Frogfish are poor swimmers, and may use a combination of tail flapping from side to side and “jet propulsion” (shooting swallowed water out backward through their narrow gill openings) to move slowly through the water. (Ambon, Indonesia) by David Hall

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
The Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level.[2] Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries.
The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.
This species is the national bird of Botswana and Kenya.

Anomalously white harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) photographed in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 24 August 2012. The head, back, sides and pectoral fins appear uniformly pinkish white against a contrastingly darker grey/black dorsal fin.
At an estimated body length of 1.5 m, the present animal had evidently survived to adulthood, in spite of its condition, confirming the potential longevity of such hypo-pigmented individuals in the wild. Further recaptures of this naturally-marked animal may provide valuable information on the site fidelity and long-term spatial movements of these notoriously difficult to study cetaceans.
photographs: Kevin Robinson.
Reference (Open Access) Robinson & Haskins. 2013. Rare sighting of an anomalously white harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in the Moray Firth, north-east Scotland. Mar Bio Record.

Caribbean Reef Squid, Sepioteuthis sepioidea - St. Vincent, Caribbean. The most common squid seen by scuba divers in the Caribbean. Like most cephalopods, it has the ability to change color quickly to blend in with its surroundings. Color changes also are used for communication by David Hall




We teach kids to fear animals like rats, snakes, spiders, etc. that are harmless 99% of the time but do we ever warn them about the real danger



I am a gooseologist and I can tell you that geese live on a healthy diet of children’s souls which can only be properly chewed with unholy tongue teeth