Friday, March 28, 2014

Likeness; Animals to Trash

Photo by: Ralph Turre of FIN, Brian J. Skerry of Nat Geo, Dario Ayala of the Gazette
Photo edited by: BlueMenpachi
Squid eggs - Squid hatching - Cigarette butts
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Galveston Bay Oil Spill

A barge carrying 900,000+ gallons of crude oil collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel on Saturday March 22, 2014.

Screen cap of Google maps
One of the tanks on the barge was punctured and approximately 155,000+ gallons of oil were spilled into the Galveston Bay.

Photo: Bill Bishop/KHOU
So this is another oil spill the US can add to its rap sheet.

Photo: PO3 Manda Emery/AP
Funnily, yesterday was the 25th "anniversary" of the Exxon Valdex Oil Spill that happened in Alaska in 1989.


Make sure you try to keep up with the news to follow up on this current spill and if you are in the area I ask that you do what you can to help clean the spill as quickly as possible.

Weather.com Galveston Bay Oil Spill: Wildlife Damage Expected to Get 'Much Worse'; 100 Ships, Barges At Standstill

National Geographic News; Galveston Oil Spill Threatening Crucial Bird Refuge

npr.org Oil Spill Cleanup Impedes Major Texas Ship Channel

Texastribune.org Galveston Bay Spill Will Take Economic, Ecological Toll

The Lost Files: Volunteering at the Ahihi Kina'u Natural Area Reserve; Exciting Events in the First Two Weeks

For the past two weeks I've been volunteering at the Ahihi Kina'u Natural Area Reserve and it has been EXCITING.

On my second day I helped rescue a lady who had an "anxiety induced asthma attack" while she was snorkeling with her husband.
Picture taken by Sarah Bott


Caught a man feeding the fish (CLICK HERE to read the web log post)

Retrieved a big bunch of net from the shoreline in front of the Sugarman estate.
Picture taken by Sarah Bott

Helped assist with a helicopter lift that took away suspected tsunami debris

Saw some poachers get busted from fishing in the reserve 

And I meet a lot of cool people! Literally! Majority of the people I meet at the reserve are from Canada!

This is only my second week volunteering at the Reserve, but it really is a LOT of fun.