The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a type of land hermit crab with a spectacular appearance and intriguing biology. Able to grow to relatively gigantic proportions, the coconut crab is probably the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world (2). Indeed, Charles Darwin described the coconut crab as “monstruous” when he encountered it on the Keeling Islands during the voyage of the Beagle (3). Unlike most other hermit crabs, only the very small coconut crab juveniles find and use gastropod shells to protect their soft-skinned abdomen as they develop. Larger juveniles abandon the ...
Today Ocean Elders, including Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Capt. Don Walsh, wrote a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin calling for the protection of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean at CCAMLR’s meeting in Germany 2013. Below is a copy of the letter:
Over the next week Percy the penguin will be in Germany where the fate his home in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean is decided. The 25 countries that make up CCAMLR are meet behind closed doors. Percy the penguin is going to open those doors just a little. He’s going to post a daily picture on his tumblr sharing with us how he is feeling based on what is happening inside the CCAMLR meeting.…
Actor and AOA Ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio together with AOA Russian campaigner Grigory Tsidulko have an oped in Russian paper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, calling on Putin to protect Antarctica’s ocean. Here is the English version:
Antarctica’s ocean is home to thousands of species, many of these species can be found nowhere else in the world. Click through to check out this fun infographic introducing some of these wonderful creatures.
With less than 65 days until the fate of Antarctica’s ocean is decided, 200,000 people have Joined The Watch to call for the protection of Antarctica’s ocean. This number demonstrates significant international support for marine reserves in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Click through to see the full image from above and share the picture with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or shout it from the rooftops.
The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening.
The focus of the Social Action Campaign for The Cove is to create worldwide awareness of this annual practice as well as the dangers of eating seafood contaminated with mercury, and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter.
It’s been working. The film has been making waves since it premiered. Critical praise and audience awards worldwide have focused international attention on Taiji and the annual dolphin drives off the coast of Japan.
But the effort needs to continue. On September 1, the six-month dolphin hunting season opened again, and fishermen in Taiji plan to take to the cove despite international pressure. Experts say education, awareness and persistence are needed to eventually turn the tide.