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A Curious Story about Shipwrecks, Secrets, and Alluring Scent

A Curious Story about Shipwrecks, Secrets, and Alluring Scent

The sunset bright and red in the horizon; crisp au...

Home, Sweet Home -  Local Diving in Oklahoma and Arkansas

Home, Sweet Home - Local Diving in Oklahoma and Arkansas

They say home is where the heart is. The heart may...

One Breath: A Monterey Bay Experience

One Breath: A Monterey Bay Experience

"The story of this place - this sanctuary - lies h...

Kentucky Blues: Music, Lakes, Quarries, & More

Kentucky Blues: Music, Lakes, Quarries, & More

Kentucky is known for Bluegrass music, Kentucky Fr...

The Colorful World of Georgia’s Gray’s Reef

The Colorful World of Georgia’s Gray’s Reef

Off the shores of Georgia rests a diverse junction...

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

Offshore Southern California are eight islands, wh...

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Orange Beach Reefs: Alabama’s “Vitamin S…

12-09-2014

Resting on the edge of Alabama’s southeast shores, and west of Pensacola, Florida, Orange Beach, Alabama is a city strongly driven by two key focal points: a strong, bonded community...

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The Natural Wonders of Howe Sound

12-09-2014

Northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, and resting at the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound is a diving paradise offering relaxing opportunities for divers interested in scanning the surface and delving...

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Diving in Missouri: Exploring the Ozarks

12-09-2014

Somewhat removed from the main arteries of vacation travel, the varying lakes and waters of the Midwest beckon the observant explorer. Locals understand that these lakes offer the perfect opportunity...

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LIDA Sponsors Harbor School Students on …

12-08-2014

What a difference a year makes!With Sunday, September 28 boasting a bright, sunny sky, warm summer-like weather and perfect diving conditions at Shinnecock Inlet’s Ponquogue Bridge on Long Island, 25...

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All Aboard the Truth!

12-08-2014

The Truth is the original Truth Aquatics boat, and thanks to regular updates and maintenance it remains a world-class liveaboard diving and excursion vessel. It is an ideal entry level...

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A Curious Story about Shipwrecks, Secret…

11-06-2014

The sunset bright and red in the horizon; crisp autumn air chilling; night falling fast; southwest wind leaning into whispers; the Captain, Sinclair,  and first mate, John Virgin, drawing their...

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Home, Sweet Home - Local Diving in Okla…

11-05-2014

They say home is where the heart is. The heart may wander, explore, yearn to try something new; but eventually it returns to the warmth and familiarity it knows and...

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One Breath: A Monterey Bay Experience

11-04-2014

"The story of this place - this sanctuary - lies hidden by time. It's a story of change revealed by context and perspective: a story born of water and dreams;...

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Kentucky Blues: Music, Lakes, Quarries, …

10-06-2014

Kentucky is known for Bluegrass music, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders, Johnny Depp, Mohammed Ali, Jim Bowie, and Daniel Boone’s adventures exploring, but the one person from this...

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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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