Nerdy Nour again with a little depressing blog post but, eh, its the reality that some still don’t accept. I started diving 9 years ago and my first site was The Lighthouse in Dahab. Looking at it today and remembering how it used to be, today’s blog had to be about corals and destruction.
It is no surprise that today we have lost 27% of all our coral reefs and an additional 58% is dying due to severe bleaching and 80% of the rest is being actively over fished around the world.
Why should we care about the colorful blobs? you ask.
Well, a quick crash course on coral reefs;
These big, gigantic, beautifully colorful walls are the accumulation of these blobs over the span of thousands of years and these blobs are actually not stone or rock at all; they’re animals. *Pause for effect- or should that have happen before I said animals?*
These individuals are actually animals with feeding behavior and breeding patterns that create relationships to sustain themselves for life so the walls are so much more than stagnant beings. Coral reefs are also nurseries, shelters, breeding and feeding grounds. They’re a source of chemicals essential to our pharmaceutical industry and for us they break the waves that essentially are strong enough to blow a town like Dahab to dust, they’re also a source of income through their touristic appeal so the amount of lives that depend on the existence of coral reefs, is more than we think. I like to think of coral reefs as the cities that have it all for marine life, so how shameful are our actions against them.
We’ve grown oblivious to a simple fact like being in the water with sunscreen that is potentially deadly for corals. We’ve abused our right to enjoy sea food by over fishing certain fish species. We’ve grown attached to a view, so much so, that we start building on it. We’ve become so over productive that the only place that could take our waste ends up being our ocean. I urge you guys to really think about your contribution to the destruction of these living monuments on your everyday life and take actions against this wrong doing!
PS: I have so much more to say about corals and it has become a personal passion of mine, so please if there is anything you would like to discuss or see being discussed here, do send me an email or a message or just leave a comment!