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The Hōkūleʻa is a double hulled voyaging canoe built as a replica of the canoes that ancient Polynesians used to sail to Hawaiʻi. The Hōkūleʻa completed an amazing trip across the Pacific Ocean in 1976 without the use of modern instruments to and from Tahiti. Hōkūleʻa embarked on a trip around the world in June 2013 to share the importance of traditional knowledge, sustainability, and environmental conservation.
If you could take all of the bigger organisms of the ocean (whales, sharks, fish, squid) and add up their total weight, and then took all of the microscopic organisms (like plankton) in the ocean and added up their total weight, which one would weigh more? You might be surprised to hear that the microscopic organisms weigh over 40 times more than all other organisms in the ocean combined!
The ocean plays a huge role in controlling Earth’s climate. Large amounts of energy from the sun are absorbed by the ocean, and that heat gets redistributed around the world by large-scale ocean currents. Changes in these currents are predicted to occur as the earth warms, resulting in changes to both small scale and large scale weather and climate.
Water is a unique molecule. Most liquids become denser as they cool down, but when water freezes, it becomes less dense, allowing ice to float. If ice did not float, a lot of animals would be in trouble. In fresh water ecosystems, animals rely on the top layer of water freezing over, which actually allows heat to be trapped underneath and keeps them alive through the winter.
Microbes might be too small to see, but they can certainly make a big impact! After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, microbes cleaned up 120,000 metric tons of the methane in the oil! However, they do not eat some of the more toxic components of the oil, which still remain in the environment. Have you thanked a microbe today?
The Galapagos Islands were made famous by Charles Darwin’s expeditions and explorations of the islands’ flora and fauna. Today, the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of these islands are still a source of inspiration and curiosity for scientists. Recently, scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station and National Geographic reported that the Darwin and Wolf Islands of the Galapagos are home to the world’s largest biomass of sharks at 12.4 tons per hectare. This assessment puts the biomass of sharks in the Galapagos above that at Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park and the... (more)