The 13 Most Endangered Marine Animals ... and Why? | The 13 Most Endangered Marine Animals ... and Why? | Scoop.it

 

As a professional scuba diver since 1994, I have a unique perspective of the underwater world and the environmental crisis we adults have caused.

 

When I'm scuba diving and I see a turtle's face mutilated by a boat propeller, or see what was once a beautiful coloured coral reef now bleached white, or see a dolphin calf's tail that has fallen off because it had gotten so tightly wrapped up in a crab trap line ... all that comes to my mind is ... what have we done. Then I find myself clearing my mask ... to wash away my tears.

 

The clock is ticking and we are still not learning from our past mistakes ... as all these 13 marine animals are all presently endangered and ... close to extinction!

 

 

1.  The BlueFin Tuna ...

 

The greatest enemy to BlueFin Tuna are "humans" - overfishing, overfishing, and overfishing.

 

 

2.  The Cape Peguin ...

 

The greatest enemy to Cape Peguins are "humans" - oil spills, food loss due to overfishing, and loss of nesting sites.

 

 

3.  The Coral Reefs ...

 

The greatest enemy to Coral Reefs are "humans" - ocean acidification, and bottom thrawling commercial fishing.

 

 

4.  The Gray Whale ...

 

The greatest enemy to Gray Whales are "humans" - centuries of overfishing!

 

 

5.  The Hector's Dolphin ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Hentor Dolphin's are "humans" - bycatch, pollutantants, and boat disturbance.

 

 

6.  The Humphead Wrasse ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Humphead Wrasse are "humans" - overfishing!

 

 

7.  The Krill ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Krill are "humans" - they are harvested to feed farmed fish.

 

 

8.  The Loggerhead Sea Turtle ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Loggerhead Sea Turtle are "humans" -  fishing gear entanglement. climate change and loss of habitat.

 

 

9.  The Manatees ...

 

The greatest enemy to Manatees are "humans| - boating collisions, loss of habitat, and toxic algae.

 

 

10. The Mediterranean Monk Seal ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Mediterranean Monk Seal are "humans" - hunting, habitat destruction, pollution, depletion of fish stocks, and global warming.

 

 

11. The Chinook Salmon ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Chinook Salmon are "humans" - pollution, gobal warming and bycatch.

 

 

12. The Vaquite ...

 

The greatest enemy to the Vaquite are "humans" - habitat destruction, gill nets, and bycatch.

 

 

13.  The Southern Sea Otter ...

 

The greates enemy to the Southern Sea Otter are "humans" - fur trade, oil spill, habitat destruction, food limitations, disease, and entangement in fishing gear.

 

 

Mother Nature Needs Our Help ...

 

"Our fellow creatures on Mother Earth, the ones we call the animals, long to share their gifts of wisdom and insight with us; to teach us the ways of nature and reflect our presence before the Great Spirit. The animals can help us reveal our abilities, talents and challenges. We need only look deeply into their eyes with humility and stillness to receive the gifts each one offers."

 

                                                                               - Krista Dunlop -

 

 

I believe the future of our environmental world rests in the hands of our young children. I invite you to join me on this exciting journey to remind children and adults of all that the underwater world has given us ... human survival, beauty, and marine animal friendships.

 

Become a Blue Planet Legacy hero, and help preserve our blue planet ... one we all can be proud of leaving to our children and generations to come!

 

 

One person can make a difference!

 

 

 

 

Krista Dunlop

Professional Scuba Diver, Author, Speaker

 

Author of  -Underwater Odyssey- "Sick & Injured Marine Animals Tell Their Stories"

An environmental awareness educational book for young children.

 

An e-Book version of this book can be purchased by clicking on the link below:

 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64811

 

 

Web site: www.underwaterodyssey.ca

 

E-mail: kdunlop@underwaterodyssey.ca