You Have the Power to Save Ocean Wildlife
You would be hard pressed to meet an individual who was not a proponent of taking care of our oceans and the wildlife that call it home. Often we recognize the delicate ecosystem that exists between humans, animals and their natural habitats. We want to preserve these resources for future generations. The challenge lies in how we individually harness our power to work together and make a meaningful impact for ocean animals and their future. It is not as difficult as it may seem. You can ensure that the ocean and its inhabitants will exist for future generations by caring for the animals you encounter, promoting responsible stewardship and decreasing your personal mark on the environment.
Provide care for the animals you encounter
Respect the beaches, tide pools and the sea life that live there. . Practice safe boating by not disturbing the animals around you. Avoid sensitive habitats by being careful of the habitat on the bottom before anchoring. Keep your eyes open for whales, dolphins, turtles when you are out in the ocean so as not to disturb them. Keep your distance and protect sea life when fishing. Should you encounter an injured animal provide space, as to not appear threatening, and report the injured animal immediately. It is also important to report dead animals as well so that they can be removed and studied by scientists in order to gain valuable insight as to what may have happened to bring harm to them. In this way we can provide protection for them in the future. You can report an animal sighting here, and please note the time, date, location, type of animal, condition, and any visible features. If possible, please upload a photo to enhance your description.
Share your interest in and appreciation for the ocean
Encourage family, friends and children to appreciate ocean wildlife. Plan an early morning visit to the tide pools to explore. Take long walks on the beach while checking in on protected marine areas. Make sure to just use your eyes to see and do not remove or disturb any creatures living in these protected areas. Scout the beaches for trash and plastic and pick up what you can to keep our beaches clean.
Decrease your environmental footprint
If you want to help ocean wildlife, you can make choices that will be kinder to the environment that these animals call home. Consume less, travel wisely and use environmentally-safe products. Conserve resources such as water and electricity. Recycle and reuse whenever possible. Avoid relying on single use items and disposable plastics. Reduce travel and driving by increasing alternate forms of transportation like biking and walking. This will improve your health as well as the health of others. You can calculate your carbon footprint using the Environmental Protection Agency’s tool at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html
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Report Ocean Animals Dead or in Distress
If you see it, PLEASE say it! Use our handy reporting tool any time you come across a dead or distressed ocean animal. This will immediately notify NOAA so they can get the appropriate organization involved to help remove or free the animal in need!
Ten Personal Actions You Can Take
Whether it is through a donation of time, money or resources or picking-up plastic trash, here are ten ideas for your personal action plan to save ocean wildlife!