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KBB celebrates World Oceans Day
Friday, June 08, 2018

In celebration of World Oceans Day, Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) has lined up several events for June 7 — 9. 


Prevent plastic pollution
Thursday, June 07, 2018

Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day, and the theme for this year is the prevention of plastic pollution to encourage healthy oceans. On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all.


Ministry On Sightings Of Hammerhead Shark
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Following the most recent shark sighting at Shelly Bay, the Ministry said it is likely the same one as seen over the past few months and said that while there is no need for alarm, “under no circumstances should anyone attempt to approach or handle the shark in any way.”


Expert: hammerhead no threat to humans
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

A six-foot hammerhead shark spotted cruising close to the shore is unlikely to be a threat to humans, marine experts said yesterday.


Video: Shark Makes ‘Visit’ To Shelly Bay Beach
Monday, June 04, 2018

Yet another video of a shark has gone viral, this time with footage appearing to show the shark coming in close to shore at Shelly Bay Beach.



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Say no to Plastics
Bermuda Zoological Society
Friday, June 01, 2018


Excerpt WILD News June 2018
 

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Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day, and the theme for this year is the prevention of plastic pollution to encourage healthy oceans. On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all.

According to the World Oceans Day Organization, "plastic pollution poses a threat to human health, kills and harms marine life, damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies. Research from the Ocean Project shows that pollution, especially plastics pollution, is already widely accepted as a big problem that we need to and can address."

"The primary direct threat to marine life is entanglement or ingestion. Sea turtles, birds, and fish alike accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick by ingesting it. It's distressing to think about how much plastic is almost unavoidable - sometimes, it can seem useless to take action. But if many of us act together, we can reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean, and show the world that we demand less disposable plastic in our everyday lives!"

At the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) we continuously encounter situations involving plastics and our marine life. These situations include turtles that become entangled in fishing lines, which can lead to loss of flippers or even the death of the animal. Ingestion of plastics also cause major problems in preventing animals from digesting food because of blockages in their intestinal tract.

Ocean plastic debris is not only a serious concern for marine life, but it can also be dangerous to human health! Scientists are finding that chemicals in plastic consumed by fish eventually travel up the food chain - and get into our bodies. So, by littering, we are not only poisoning the environment, we are also poisoning ourselves.

The Bermuda Zoological Society is asking its members and the entire community to play a part in plastic prevention by saying "No" to plastic. Substitute plastics for bio-degradable materials, and when you visit the beach this summer collect 3 pieces of plastic and dispose of it in the proper receptacle.

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bermuda Turtle Project, on June 27th, Dr. Ian Walker, Principle Curator at BAMZ will be giving a lecture at the BAMZ on wildlife rehabilitation and the impact plastic pollution has on our environment, particularly sea turtles. Come out and learn what we do to save our marine creatures!