Let’s not forget the seabirds on World Oceans Day!

(c)Marguerite Tarzia_Lithuania
World Oceans Day is a time to reflect on protecting the marine environment. (c) Marguerite Tarzia

Today marks World Oceans Day. The day we celebrate the beauty, the life and the amazing gift that is our oceans.

But these wonderful oceans, which do everything from mitigating climate change and regulating the earth’s temperature to providing food and other resources for marine species and humans, are under threat. So today we should think about how we can change human activities so that they have as little impact as possible on the marine environment. We need to think about oil pollution, eutrophication, plastic pollution, overfishing, mineral extraction and bycatch of several marine animals, all caused by human activities.

We’d like to focus on one component of the oceans that we see in the sky above them – seabirds. They range from the clumsy Atlantic Puffin and the Common Seagull at our ports, to the penguins who spend most of their time swimming in water and the majestic albatrosses – one of the longest living birds in the world.

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