Starfish in Love

We can all do our part to love the ocean.

Hello and welcome to FishPreserve.org, a web site dedicated to highlighting the issues and challenges we’re all facing in our efforts to maintain a healthy ecology in our world’s oceans. Our oceans are vast, and represent almost 99% of the living space on the planet, and yet we humans know very little about them. Part of the reason is that as land-dwellers we spend relatively little time in the water, and yet the ocean and its marine life plays such an important role in our own well-being. This web site is dedicated to highlighting many of the efforts world-wide in helping to preserve our fish and marine life, as well as spotlighting specific challenges that we’re facing.

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The Beautiful and Bold Discus Fish

The Discus Fish, a beautiful and magnificent fish often found in aquariums the world over. It is native to the Amazon river basin in South America.

The image above is a color sketch made with Topaz and Photoshop. It’s viewed in Preview on a Mac and captured as a screenshot.

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The Beauty and Mystery of the Coral Reef

Underwater Coral ReefA beautiful paining depicting an underwater coral reef scene.


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Beauty of the Sailfish

Sailfish Over the OceanPainting of a Sailfish leaping over the ocean at sunset.



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Shark Bits: Barracuda and Great White

Shark Week has come and gone, but they remain one of the most interesting marine animals to many. Here are two quick Shark bits (or bites?) on the Barracuda and the Great White.

Beware the Barracuda

The Barracuda Fish is a big carnivorous salt water fish in the “ray-fish” family. The barracuda can grow for as long as 6 ft and reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There are over 25 species of barracuda world wide. Barracudas live mostly in the warm tropical and sub tropical oceans, however, there are some species that do live in brackish water.

The shades of the barracudas are largely dark green, dark blue, or grayish or silver colored hews to the upper body. A white under side helps with a barracudas camouflage by, blending in with all the day. Some species of barracuda have markings, including a row of dark colored lines or black spots.

Many barracuda species are largely solitary as adults. Nevertheless, young or adolescent barracudas may be viewed often congregating. A barracudas chief source of food is non-predatory fish. Given a barracudas ferocious temper, fish as big, and even larger then themselves, aren’t much of a problem. Just from barracudas: by tearing off chunks of meat’s prey do they as sharks attack. Barracudas are also scavengers and are known to follow sharks to find scraps that have been left behind.

The barracuda has earned a reputation for being dangerous to individuals. Strikes on people can be very acute and are much like a small shark bite. Most under water barracuda attacks on an individual is normally non-deliberate and caused due to “glossy” objects such as rings and watches.

The Great White Shark

The Great White Shark is, to the heads of many, the best predator. It flies throughout the atmosphere in sharknadoes eats beachgoers, and is usually viewed as the eating machine that is perfect. But for something else it is simply a bite.

Here is that which we understand. “Shark Alpha”, a nine-foot-long female Great White, was labeled within a job to monitor shark migrations across the shore of Australia. All well and good, right? Well, four months later, the shore is washed on by her label.

Basically, the label (as well as the shark attached to it) rocketed down the side. It swam, or was pulled, the temperature as well as 1900 feet went up thirty degrees around it. The ocean does not normally have “warm pockets” at that depth, thus about the one and only method to unexpectedly get that warm is to be jammed into something. Like, say, you get into its gullet’s belly and stuffed down it.

The label remained in the digestive tract before being expelled to the top. Which raises two questions: Just what the hell is effective at doing this, and do things always occur in Australia?

We don’t have any response but the theory is the fact that it’s the recently discovered giant squid, which seems to be an aggressive feeder and is proven to take whales when it gets large enough on. But that is the initial evidence which they linger 300 feet approximately in the surface as opposed to remaining in the devastating black depths where they damn well go, and eat freaking Great White sharks.

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True Facts About the Fukushima Disaster

There’s been so much misinformation spread about the impact of the terrible Fukushima Disaster on the coast of Japan. Fortunately, Kim Martini of Deep Sea News put together a detailed account of what actually happened there along with a factual account of the impact of the disaster.

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Swimming with Dolphins

Amazing and stunning footage captured with a GoPro HD Hero camera. This was captured by a fisherman who left the camera submerged underwater and towed it behind his boat on his return trip home near Santa Cruz, CA. If you ever wondered what it would be like to swim underwater with dolphins, this is it.

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19 Year Old Proposes Cleaning Up Half the Garbage in the Pacific in Under 10 Years

“I have invented a method to clean up almost half of the great Pacific’s garbage patch in just 10 years, using the currents to my advantage.”

Boyan Slat first presented his ideas during a TEDx Talk in Delft, which has inspired many people to assist him in working out his ideas. He was recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50).

Global warming is not the only environmental nightmare that scientists are struggling to solve.

Countless short tons of plastic waste rubbish the oceans of the world, converging in rotating currents blanketing the surface of the water and called gyres. These gyres on average, hold six times more plastic than plankton.

Slat first became attentive to the issue while diving in Greece, frustrated that he was “coming across more plastic bags than fish.”

He asked himself, “Why can not we clean this up?”

Another 100,000 marine mammals and at least one million birds die each year and the oceans being circulated by a number of species risk extinction as a result of the huge quantities of garbage floating in the ocean. Garbage that we, the human race, are responsible for.

Economically, marine debris costs an estimated $1.27 billion per annum in fishing and boat damage on America’s Pacific coastal waters.

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Little Known Facts About the Ocean

…courtesy of MarineBio:

  • Sharks bite roughly 70 people each year worldwide, with perhaps 6-10 fatalities, according to data compiled in the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).┬áThis is far less than the number of people injured each year by elephants, bees, crocodiles, lightning or many other natural dangers.
  • Of the more than 500 or so shark species, about 80% grow to less than 1.6 meters in length and are unable to hurt people or rarely encounter people.
  • Almost any shark 1.8 m or longer is a potential danger, but three species have been identified repeatedly in fatal bites: great whites, tigers, and bull sharks.
  • An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.
  • The oceans cover 71% (and rising) of the Earth’s surface and contain 97% of the Earth’s water. Less than 1% is fresh water, and 2-3% is contained in glaciers and ice caps.
  • 90% of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans.
  • The speed of sound in water is 1,435 m/sec – nearly five times faster than the speed of sound in air.
  • Earth’s longest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge more than 50,000 km in length, which winds around the globe from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic. It is four times longer than the Andes, Rockies, and Himalayas combined.
  • The top ten feet of the ocean hold as much heat as the entire atmosphere.
  • The lowest known point on Earth, called the Challenger Deep, is 11,034 m deep, in the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific. To get an idea of how deep that is, if you could take Mt. Everest and place it at the bottom of the trench there would still be over a mile of ocean above it.


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Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

Yellow Tang UnderwaterThe Pacific Ocean is the best instance of marine biodiversity in this world with its vibrant population of whales, sharks and fish. That’s why it’s very important conserve this varied marine life through education.

The best place to begin with is the largest ocean on world, the Pacific Ocean, if you would like comprehend everything with regards to the ocean and marine life. It covers about 135,663 kilometers of shoreline and about 28% of the surface of the whole world. It stretches through the shorelines of continents such as North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of any ocean on earth with a depth of 36,201 feet. This wide ocean, which includes Hawaii, and Tahiti, Fiji is also dotted by numerous isles.

Because of the wide ocean’s vastness, the Pacific Ocean is also the spot to find sea animals that are numerous. It’s among the most diverse habitats in this world as you will see dolphins, whales, fish, and crustaceans here. From the fearsome sharks to tiny planktons, you’ll find a varied array of ocean life in this region of the whole world. This tremendous amount of marine life helps make this ocean on earth one of the finest sites for biodiversity.

Merely what sorts of sea animals is seen in the Pacific? On the topmost grade of the food chain is the whale. The blue, humpback, and sperm whales are only most of the beings which flourish in this ocean. These gentle beings are significant in diversity and the environment of the Pacific. Krill, plankton, along with other miniature fish are a substantial part of the diet of the gentle giants, yet the killer whale can consume seals and other whales. Regrettably, a few of these sea animals are on the point of extinction.

Various types of sharks also call the Pacific Ocean their home. These kinds of predators are occasionally misrepresented in novels and in pictures, and this has sometimes added to the species’ vulnerability and close extinction. Its skin comprises of cartilage material (a stuff that’s not absent in human noses and ears), making it very hard to cut into.

The Pacific Ocean is, in addition, home to lots of types of fish used in industrial fishing including mackerel, and salmon, sardines. Extraordinary types of fish such as the Cocinero, Hawaiian ladyfish, and Bering flounder can also be found in this ocean. This type of marine life feeds many people, which is one of the reasons why it is truly worth protecting.

The largest coral reefs of the world can also be in the Pacific. These coral reefs are the place to locate a diversity of ocean life, which is why lots of energy is invested in preserving them. Reefs can take thousands of years to develop plus some have taken up to millions of years to construct. The Pacific Ocean is home to amazing coral reefs for example those situated in Australia, New Caledonia, and Papua New Guinea. These reefs comprise tremendous ocean life which must be preserved.

The Pacific Ocean is not simply a large, blue, and empty space. It’s packed with sea animals as well as other organisms that bring substantially to the harmony in the eco-system. We must comprehend the marine life for us and the value of the ocean to learn means to safeguard our heritage for the future generation and for ourselves. Preserving this vast group of ocean life needs to be among the top priorities in our preservation efforts, and instruction plays a large role in this. With the appropriate instruction, ourselves may just find a way to maintain several on the point of extinction these days.

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Hazards to Marine Life Around the Earth

Humpback Whale Underwater

Marine life is falling rapidly all around the world. It doesn’t matter where you look the sea animal and fish populations is dropping. Part of this is as a result of climate and some to pollution. Some is stripping resources’ oceans and due to overfishing. There will be little if anything that can be carried out to get the back, when the populations begin to vanish. Creatures are going extinct overly rapidly and extinct the are gone for good. People should behave now and they need if marine life is to stand a chance of surviving to behave all around the world. There are too many conditions that are now out of our control. We should manage the problems we can address now.

Overfishing Is Killing Fish and Marine Animals

Overfishing is happening all over the earth. That is something which we can control. There is no need to fish a species into extinction as well as onto the endangered list. It has been proved that by commanding how much fish are caught can turn the fish populations around and they can begin to reproduce and grow strong again. Other marine lives will be at position when the fish are gone. Animals like dolphins, whales and seals rely to reside. Many marine birds need fish to live. We owe it to nature to care for the marine birds.

Before More Species Are Lost pollution must be Stopped

Pollution is accountable for the animals that make their homes there and the destruction. In desperate condition the ocean is between waste that sees its way into oil and the water from oil spills right now. Clean-Up is not impossible and the governments all over the world should be taking the task in hand. We need so there is no longer a need for it to be less reliant on oil. This can halt a lot of the pollution. Fish lives and way too many animal are being cut short due to pollution. Animals cannot live in contaminated waters. You wouldn’t manage to live either.

What you need to Do

Prevent the killing of creatures that live in the sea. Many fishermen causing a massive decline in species and are targeting particular species. In some nations many sea animals are hunted almost to extinction. With all the other problems facing the creatures they don’t desire to continue. You are able to urge your government to take action against the indiscriminate hunting of animals such as seals and whales. There are still nations that allow these brilliant creatures to be hunted even though they’re endangered. They do not seem to care about what these creatures could offer future generations. Learning of creatures in a novel isn’t the way. Kids deserve to learn by seeing animals in activity. Petition governments to make them act for our children. Boycott the nations that are allowing hunting and killing by refusing to purchase products that these countries produce. It is too early for most creatures although it will be if something is not done.

Garbage and Plastic

Marine pollution and floating plastic debris is collecting in spots throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Called the Great Pacific Garbage Dump and the North Atlantic Garbage Garden, other marine animals and birds is choking, as well as entering our food chain. Decomposing remains of sea birds and other marine life found along the littoral of seashores show an accumulation of other pollutants in their own bellies that may have contributed to their deaths and plastics.

To eradicate the vicious cycle of turning human eating into dangerous here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Respect the importance of our environment. We must be cognizant that we depend as sources for our food supply on the land and our oceans. The environment can turn against us, if we continue to abuse the environment.
  2. Be accountable for your own activities on the way you correctly dispose of your garbage. Merely because the few pieces of trash you throw along the waterways and roadways may not seem harmful, they’re not. Imagine the billions of people inhabiting the planet. Those using the waterways as a source of diversion and livelihood must be responsible for what they discard haphazardly.
  3. Stop wastefulness when disposing of your waste. Society can not be too nondisposable and the need for repurposing and recycling is a necessity, not a choice.
  4. Support for raising awareness and developing a consciousness which our environment is a breathing and living portion of the creation. We must shield our eco system and teach the significance of a sustainable environment to others.
  5. Look to the future. If we’re not proactive by making the changes that are needed to fix much of the damage or alter our behavior and mindset of preserving a sustainable planet, we are going to destroy it from inside.

Waste marine life mistaking the debris eats that floats into the sea. Crustaceans, fish and other fruits end up on our dinner tables. Pollution occurs when marine life that we consume, eats this debris and can create long term toxic issues or diseases in our bodies. This plastic ocean can be shifted by currents from one side of earth to another. We are caretakers of this planet. If anyone thinks this is not a difficulty of ours then one day it’ll become deadly, if not for us, then for our next generation.

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