Smithsonian Ecocenter ~ The Oceans

Smitshonian.com has a great collection of information and links here on the oceans.  I found my way there from the Gates of Paradise photos, which contained the following ad (animated file split into three stills):

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It’s a catchy ad because coral reefs are a subject near and dear to many people’s hearts.  I tested this hypothesis one time while scuba diving in Egypt by asking my travel companion if she was wearing coral-safe sunblock.  She freaked realizing that she was not.  Then she realized that no such thing exists.  Coral have honorary status as "cute animal" like dolphins and lambs.

Some of the quick facts to be found at the Ecocenter Oceans page include:

"Some living deep-sea corals are estimated to be nearly 2,000 years old."

"Ten percent of all coral reefs are degraded beyond recovery."

"More than 70 percent of the world’s fish species are either fully exploited or depleted."

"The highest tides in the world are found at Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin, where high tide can be more than 50 feet above low tide."

See more here.

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Posted on October 31, 2007
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