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Oases in the Desert: The Lakes of Arizona

Arizona is a state, which is prominent for its nea...

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Water: North Carolina’s Frying Pan Shoals

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Water: North Carolina’s Frying Pan Shoals

Recognized as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, Nor...

Whidbey Island: Gateway to Paradise

Whidbey Island: Gateway to Paradise

“The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey I...

Diving Whidbey Island

Diving Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island, located in the northern section of...

Isle Royale: Wreck Diving Fit for Royalty

Isle Royale: Wreck Diving Fit for Royalty

The Great Lakes have many shipwreck “hot spots”: p...

Beautiful Central Belize

Beautiful Central Belize

Almost in the middle of Belize’s beautiful coast l...

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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 Colorful World of Georgia’s Gray’s R…

10-06-2014

Off the shores of Georgia rests a diverse junction where northern and southern waters meet. Here, where nearby Gulf Stream currents carry a diverse amalgam of aquatic flora and fauna;...

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Santa Cruz Island

10-06-2014

Offshore Southern California are eight islands, which offer consistently fantastic diving, kayaking, and hiking throughout the year. Of these, Santa Cruz is the largest and is the most easterly large...

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Destination: Connecticut

Destination: Connecticut

10-03-2014

“It’s so cold, how can you dive here?”It’s a question that’s common place for experienced New England divers, and one that I fielded from a dive student’s father, far too...

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Oases in the Desert: The Lakes of Arizon…

09-05-2014

Arizona is a state, which is prominent for its nearly unparalleled natural beauty: every year, millions of tourists flock to its bounty of attractions and outdoor activities both tranquil and...

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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Water…

09-04-2014

Recognized as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, North Carolina is a state where divers, spear fishers, and anglers congregate to get some of the best R&R the U.S. has to...

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Whidbey Island: Gateway to Paradise

09-04-2014

“The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey Island, is extremely suited to be a location in a Novel.” Elizabeth George – Author and Novelist Whidbey Scenic Isle Way begins and ends with...

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Diving Whidbey Island

Diving Whidbey Island

09-04-2014

Whidbey Island, located in the northern section of Puget Sound, has an incredible variety of dive sites for different skill levels of divers and for different reasons and seasons. The...

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Isle Royale: Wreck Diving Fit for Royalt…

09-03-2014

The Great Lakes have many shipwreck “hot spots”: places where the tragedies have piled up over the decades due to wicked currents, foul weather and geographic constrictions. These hot spots...

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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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