It has been a while to say the least, but felt time was due to dust off the old keyboard and deliver another edition of the Friday Smorgasbord. We’re in the middle of March Madness here is the States and hopefully nobody has ponied up all their reefing money on Marquette to win it all, but if you did hopefully these videos will bring you some solace.
Ahhh….the Red Sea
Indo-Pacific reefs are certainly my favorite, but I do get a bit jealous when I start thinking about the Red Sea especially when I see videos like this. Stunning.
Leave it to National Geographic to always bring us the oddities from the sea. This video of what appears to be a hunk of plastic or a strange “worm” from New Zealand is actually a pyrosome — a free-flowing colony of hundreds or thousands of individual organisms called zooids. Mesmerizing!
Even More Oddities
Well if that last video wasn’t enough, here is another informative video tackling 15 of the more “bizarre” creatures living in the sea.
Most of us are afraid of being eaten by sharks, but what would happen if a whale decided to gobble up a diver? You can ask Rainer Schimpf who was leading a team to catch a sardine run in South Africa when he got a really close up view of a Bryde’s Whale.
We Really Do Need to Do Something About Plastics….
…and here’s 88 pounds of proof — the amount of plastic bags removed from the stomach of a whale that died in the Philippines of gastric shock. The plastic material included 16 rice sacks, four banana plantation-style bags and many disposable plastic shopping bags.
Me and My Adidas
At least one company is looking to make good out of all this plastic as adidas is creating some pretty interesting kicks from ocean rubbish. Hopefully this can get extended out and the company (and others) will address other dubious parts of the supply chain.