6 REA­SONS TO CARE ABOUT THE OCEAN

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NASA launched – the first manned space­craft to leave the Earth’s or­bit, reach the moon and re­turn – the three-man crew be­came the first hu­mans to ever wit­ness “earth­rise”. Float­ing in the per­pet­ual dark­ness of space over 300,000 kilo­me­tres away from civil­i­sa­tion, they gazed back to take a look at our Earth; Only half vis­i­ble, a blue mar­ble slowly spin­ning – our blue planet.

It is this im­age of Earth that makes you re­alise how large, beau­ti­ful and im­por­tant the ocean re­ally is – sep­a­rat­ing us from the dry, dusty world of Mars, and the hy­dro­gen and he­lium clouds of Jupiter. It cre­ated life, and now we are un­con­sciously de­stroy­ing it. While non-hu­man in­tel­li­gence is a hotly con­tested and con­tro­ver­sial topic, we know that cetaceans are some of the world’s smartest an­i­mals. Once we re­alise how in­tel­li­gent ma­rine life is, we will hope­fully feel less in­clined to wipe it all out and make ef­forts to pre­serve it What lies in the dark depths of the ocean is a ques­tion ma­rine sci­en­tists have been ask­ing since Jac­ques Pic­card and Don Walsh first de­scended to the bot­tom of the Mar­i­ana Trench. Since then, thou­sands of deep sea dis­cov­er­ies have amazed oceanog­ra­phers world­wide It isn’t only small coastal and is­land set­tle­ments that rely on the vast trea­sures the ocean brings – the ocean it­self is a key fac­tor in our own sur­vival. Around half of the oxy­gen we breathe is present in the at­mos­phere due to the tiny phy­to­plank­ton which lie in the oceans, and sci­en­tists have tipped the big blue as a promis­ing source of new medicines to com­bat can­cer, pain and bac­te­rial dis­ease

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