Whales – Having a Whale of a Time

Been having a whale of a time? Or like us, been wondering where on earth that phrase might have come from? Our recent search on a popular search engine suggests that the phrase came from whalers who many years ago had a whale of a time out whaling. Wonder what the whales would have to say about that...

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

‘Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.’ — Jacques Cousteau Way out in the Pacific Ocean is an area of ocean once known as the doldrums. It is an area that sailors have long avoided due a particular combination of high pressure and ...

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. It’s an absolute stunner. It’s got the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and some of the most sensational beaches, houses and suburbs this side of the moon. It’s numerous sandstone headlands, cliffs, islands and bays are surrou...

Challenges and Solutions for The Great Barrier Reef

Climate change and our Great Barrier Reef Climate change is considered the most significant threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Mass coral bleaching events due to rising ocean temperatures occurred in the summers of 1998, 2002 and 2006, and it is expected that coral bleaching will become an annual oc...

Our Environment – A Crash Course

It’s all about our environment – our life support system. It’s about the important roles of plants, animals, water, waste, insects, oceans and our climate. Investigate how we need a healthy environment for a healthy economy and healthy human lives. It’s about how we impact our environment in...

Is Aquaculture the Answer? Secondary

It’s not all bad though: we can farm fish. How? Well, like fields of sheep on land, fish-farmers make fields of fish in the sea. The fish are surrounded by big nets and are fed until they’re big and fat and ready to eat. But we need to be careful with the fish farms. Keeping the fish in a crowd...

How Do We Threaten Our Biodiversity?

The world’s ecosystems have changed more rapidly in the last half of the twentieth century than ever before in recorded history. The human-caused rate of extinction is 1000 times greater now than at any time in our earth’s history. Our population and consumption levels are off the charts. We ar...

Great White Sharks

Aaah, summer: the heat warms your frigid winter toes, the sun finally reaches your glowing white legs, your woollies and thermals bid a hasty retreat to the back of the wardrobe, and the air on those blissful, warm summer nights smell like the ocean. You can’t fight it any longer. The ocean calls...

Forests

'It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees...' Murray Morgan, The Last ...

Fish – Are There Really Plenty More in the Sea?

How much do you love fish and chips? We absolutely love them, especially the fish, with a squeeze of lemon and maybe a dip in the tartare sauce. By the way, what is actually in tartare sauce? What are those chunks we avoid? Fish and chips are a great treat. But they should just be a treat, not some...