Boo! Hallo here, and we can't wait! To celebrate, we're eating candy, picking out costumes, and of course telling scary stories - like the one we're going to tell you today! So grab some hot chocolate and a cozy blanket, and settle in, because this one's a scary one.
Boo! Halloween is here, and we are so excited! To celebrate, we're eating candy, picking out costumes, and of course telling scary stories - like the one we're going to tell you today! So grab some hot chocolate and a cozy blanket, and settle in, because this one's a scary one.
Once upon a time, there was a fisherman who made his living out on the high seas. It was a day just like any other, and the fisherman lowered his fishing nets into the water to catch some fish. His net, which was held afloat by buoys, formed a vertical wall, catching any fish swimming by. Before the fisherman had a chance to retrieve his fish filled net, a storm rolled in overhead. The waves grew higher and stronger, until they pulled the fisherman's net out to sea where it became lost. When the storm finally subsided, the net was cursed to drift the world's oceans as a ghost net. It destroyed coral and trapped any passing sea creatures, causing them to either starve or drown. The ghost net would carry the bodies of its victims with it, attracting scavengers and trapping them too. The cycle continues to this very day.
Spooky right? We wish this was just a silly ghost story, but ghost nets are a serious problem for us ocean dwellers, and even for humans too! Lost fishing nets have been known to drift into human divers, putting them at risk.
So what can you do to help?
Unless you're a fisher, it might seem helpless, but there are some things you can do to help protect wildlife from ghost nets. First and foremost, you can ensure that any seafood you eat was caught or farmed sustainably (safe for the ocean). An easy way to do that is to download (or ask your parents to download) the Seafood Watch app. It's totally free, easy to use, and can help you enjoy seafood in a way that's safer for the seas. They also have printable guides to help you make sustainable choices without an internet connection.
Another thing you can do is participate in a beach clean up day! Or, if you're planning on visiting the beach with your family, spend a little time cleaning up and discarded fishing nets or trash. Leaving the beach cleaner than when you arrived is always a big help when it comes to keeping the ocean clean. Finally, you can purchase your very own copy of Daisy and Otto and Daisy and Otto: Otters in Space? A portion of each sale will be donated to The Marine Mammal Center, where they rescue and release marine mammals who become trapped in fishing nets. You can read more about The Marine Mammal Center's rehabilitation and release program here. In the meantime, have a Happy Halloween!