Posts Categorized: Marine Ecosystems, Conservation and Education

14-12-2017

The Polka-Dotted Blue-Sponge Assassin

Photo credit: Kevin McLoughlin at Rawa Island, Malaysia Nudibranchs are soft-bodied, marine gastropod molluscs, which are noted for their wide variety of extraordinary colours and forms. Many scuba divers fall in love with these creatures and it’s easy to see why. There are roughly 3000 valid species of nudibranch, but the one I would like... Read more »

06-12-2017

Orca-Eco Update: Education, Conservation & Environment

We've been hard at work the last couple of months on developing exciting new initiatives that you the customer can enjoy or even get involved in! The last couple of weeks we have started giving our Marine Life Talks at the Rock Bar. We are currently giving a presentation on Sharks, come check it out... Read more »

01-12-2017

Fish ‘n’ Chips to Moules Frites*

*may contain some plastic bits The Rise of Plastic in Seafood Unless you have been living in a cave with “Wilson” as your only mate, you would have surely heard about the huge issue that is plaguing Earth – plastic waste. Particularly single-use plastics, which make up a large percentage of the annual production of... Read more »

Climate Change: Why Is It Not A Top Priority?

Sadly, in many areas of the world, climate change is still only a debate, rather than being a fact. This is due to a variety of factors ranging from a lack of education, a lack of access to education, or campaigns of misinformation. As a result, climate change is not even on people’s radar of... Read more »

Conservation and Education: Orca-Eco Update

Welcome back, everybody! Time to find out what we have been doing over the last two months that is conservation and education related. Conservation Activities in August Rope in the form of nets always washes up and entangles itself onto our house reefs. We did another monthly clean-up, removing one of those entangled nets from... Read more »

23-09-2017

The Coral Triangle: A Hotspot For Marine Biodiversity

Off the southeast coast of mainland Asia lies a marine region in the Indo-Pacific known as the Coral Triangle. It is aptly named because of its rough triangular shape. The Coral Triangle includes six nations consisting of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. It is considered to be the... Read more »

09-09-2017

Rethinking the fish

What comes to mind when you think about fish? When you ask someone to think about fish what do you think first comes to their mind?  Unless that person is a scuba diver most likely they will think of: A slimy, smelly, dead thing on a fish mongers display A delicious meal, bread crumbed or... Read more »

26-08-2017

Plastic Empire – Plastic Oceans: How to Classify Plastic

Our oceans are turning into plastic oceans. We hope this article can help you make better decision with your plastic use. Plastic Classification Plastics can be classified in numerous ways, either by their chemical structure made up from a polymer backbone and side chains, e.g. acrylics, polyesters, silicones, polyurethanes and halogenated plastics or by the... Read more »

Orca-eco Conservation Team

Ron Maclean is Canadian and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Ron already had some scientific lab research and “in the field” experience in marine conservation with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, working mostly with endangered Hawksbill sea turtles before he joined our team almost half a year ago. At the age of 22... Read more »

19-08-2017

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

To understand the magnitude of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it is important to understand how and why it got there. It all starts with gyres. There are five major ocean gyres, North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean gyres. Source: Wikipedia What is a gyre? A gyre is a... Read more »