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Fish and Dive: The Perfect Day

Fish and Dive: The Perfect Day

The perfect day for Mike Campbell involves the thr...

Exploring Virginia: Inland and Offshore

Exploring Virginia: Inland and Offshore

The waters of Virginia are ever-flowing: both figu...

Inland Seas -  Navigating Wisconsin's Waters and Wrecks

Inland Seas - Navigating Wisconsin's Waters and Wrecks

Wisconsin is located in the north-central United S...

 Confessions of a NorCal Kayak Diver

Confessions of a NorCal Kayak Diver

My name is Jim Russell and I am addicted to the oc...

The History of Diving Museum

The History of Diving Museum

The History of Diving Museum is located in a moder...

Reefs and Wrecks: Jax to the Max!

Reefs and Wrecks: Jax to the Max!

Nestled in Northeast Florida near the Georgia bord...

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Destination: Block Island

07-31-2014

The term destination diving can mean a lot of different things to divers. For some, it’s travel to exotic islands with reefs swarming with marine life. For others, big animal...

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Thousand Islands; Infinite Adventure

07-07-2014

"The beauty of this noble stream at almost any point but especially in the commencement of this journey, where it winds its way among the thousand islands, can hardly be...

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Diving Around Texas: From Whale Sharks t…

07-02-2014

It’s said that Texas is renowned for being big in every sense of the word: steaks the size of smorgasbords, titanic trucks, and, of course, grandiose adventures. While an everyman...

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Paddling in Thunder Bay National Marine …

07-02-2014

The Great Lakes are the largest series of fresh water lakes on Earth, and in their icy waters one can find the best preserved shipwrecks in the world. Ships have...

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Fish and Dive: The Perfect Day

06-30-2014

The perfect day for Mike Campbell involves the three great loves of his life: fishing, diving, and his family. Follow a man who loves the ocean, good food, and great...

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Exploring Virginia: Inland and Offshore

06-04-2014

The waters of Virginia are ever-flowing: both figuratively and literally. From the annals of history to recreational enjoyment and important industry, water has proved a key element in the “Mother...

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Inland Seas - Navigating Wisconsin's Wa…

06-04-2014

Wisconsin is located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes region. It is in fact bordered by two of the Great Lakes: Lake Michigan and Lake...

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Confessions of a NorCal Kayak Diver

06-04-2014

 Confessions of a NorCal Kayak Diver

My name is Jim Russell and I am addicted to the ocean.I grew up fishing the offshore oilrigs in the Gulf of Mexico with my dad, and started SCUBA diving...

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The History of Diving Museum

05-30-2014

The History of Diving Museum is located in a modern building at Mile Marker 83 on the Bayside of Highway US 1 in Islamorada, Florida. It is the creation and...

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The Magnificent Octopus: “Pollution Hurts - Octopus at Risk”

Beneath The Sea's Ocean Pals Poster Contest for Children

Measuring the intelligence of another creature is a perplexing dichotomy. The yardstick of reference has been comparing brain size, and since humans have a relatively large brain, humans are considered the superior species. Arguably size matters in the number of neurons to determine intelligence, the human species has 100 billion, by comparison the octopus has 130 with an incredible adaptation – a fifth of the neurons are found in the octopus arms.

 

 

 


Article by Selene Muldowney and John Tapley; photos courtesy Bob Ricke and Maria Hults


The mysterious octopus, besides being incredibly intelligent and adaptable is the only species capable of growing eight feet long, weighing 100 pounds and yet manages to squeeze that boneless body into an object the size of an apple. Their arms are covered with thousands of suckers that taste and feel; a beak like a parrot and venom like a snake; a tongue covered in teeth; shape shifter; color changer; and the ability to squirt ink in self-defense. These beautiful creatures whose ancestors diverged from ancestors from the lineage that would lead to ours roughly 500 to 700 million years ago—have developed intelligence, emotions, and individual personalities.

The focus of this year’s Beneath the Sea’s Ocean Pals Poster contest is “Pollution Hurts - Octopus at Risk”, which recognizes both the devastating impact of pollution on the marine environment and the importance of the octopus species in our marine ecosystem.
The octopus has unfortunately become a victim of ocean pollution. Most of this pollution is derived from oil spills, toxic waste, garbage, and dumping of hazardous waste. Sea life is dying from these chemicals, it is these intoxicated sea creatures that are being consumed by the octopus. This cycle must be changed and this damage reversed – to do so requires action by the human species -- us.

Beneath the Sea President JoAnn Zigahn believes the Ocean Pals poster contest serves as an opportunity to encourage children and adults to become tomorrow’s ocean conservationists making us all aware of and sharing concerns for marine environments through poster art. “Education and responsible stewardship towards protecting our planet is the goal,” states Zigahn.

This project is made possible through the 38th annual Beneath the Sea Exposition at Secaucus, NJ, with special thanks to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Underwater Society of America, and Florida Skin Divers Association. Students, as well as their teachers, have opportunities to earn incredible prizes.

For more info and entry rules, check out Ocean Pals' website here.



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