“i hope our communities never normalize plastic pollution enough to not feel and understand the destruction that comes with it, and the processes that lead to it.” fathmath hulwa khaleel, parley maldives
a beach cleanup is never just about cleaning the beach. on international coastal cleanup day, 110 parley volunteers collaborated to intercept 1.5 metric tons of plastic debris in the maldives, where we’re implementing our #parleyair strategy to drive solutions nationwide. the group filled 44 jumbo silo bags in just 3 hours, from less than 1 km of shoreline.
#smooth 👏👏 sea lions generate thrust, or forward propulsion, by bringing their fore-flippers together in big sweeping motions called “claps.” flippers are stretched out to the sides, swept down, then tucked against the body to form a streamlined shape that glides easily through the water. they’re like living torpedoes.
#parleyaustralia on air 📺 we’ve intercepted over 3,200 kgs (7000 lbs) of debris from coastal areas, river beds and mangroves in cairns, near the great barrier reef. still, more rubbish arrives daily.
tune into your choices to help turn off the tap:
avoid. intercept. redesign. #parleyair
Familiar intelligence in alien form. stranger than science fiction.
evidence suggests octopuses have lived on earth a thousand times longer than we have. in 350 bc, aristotle wrote, “the octopus is a s****d creature.” we’ve learned a bit since then.
octopuses have advanced adaptations and exhibit complex cognitive abilities, which means they are “smart” — as we understand it. we can relate to the ways octopuses explore, evaluate, touch, taste, see and even remember their world, and yet there’s a huge difference, and a lot of history, between their evolutionary story (and anatomy) and ours.
octopuses and their invertebrate kin continually remind us: consciousness isn't uniquely human. the sentient world is much deeper and older than we know.
p: helen brierley, @helenmb, pelagic octopus
October 8 is for the octopuses (or octopodes), naturally. 🐙 so is today. this little one, a dumbo octopus measuring about 5 cm across, was spotted swimming along with ear-like fins at a depth of 825 meters during a noaa exploration of whiting seamount.
video courtesy of noaa office of ocean exploration and research, océano profundo 2015: exploring puerto rico’s seamounts, trenches, and troughs #worldoctopusday
“here again we are reminded that in nature nothing exists alone.” - rachel carson, silent spring
a recent study found elevated concentrations of phthalates (chemical compounds used in hundreds of consumer products) in 71% of resident bottlenose dolphins in sarasota bay, florida. phthalates have been linked to hormonal, metabolic and reproductive issues in humans. it’s time to heed the warnings. more at parley.tv/updates
Big win for the world’s smallest ocean: a landmark agreement will protect nearly 3 million square kilometers of the central arctic ocean from commercial fishing for at least 16 years while scientific research is conducted to learn more about this fragile region’s marine life and resources.
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Nurdle soup 🍲
“ingredients: nurdle pellets, the industrial raw material of plastic collected from six different beaches. nurdles are also known as 'mermaid’s tears.’” p: @mandybarkerphotography, soup series