A love letter to the Ocean
Jun, 21 2016
Here is part 2 of World Ocean Day celebrations! Lisa, our Resident Marine Biologist at Coco Bodu Hithi shares a very special Love Letter to the Ocean. Happy Reading!
„Dear Ocean, thank you for making us feel tiny, humble, inspired and salty …all at once.”
It covers 71% of our planet Earth and provides us with 50% of the oxygen we breathe. It is blue and if you dive in a whole, new world will open up in front of your eyes. Myth has it, that this very world beneath the blue surface houses Sea monsters and Mermaids. Even if you do not believe in these kind of stories, the Ocean still awaits you with extraordinary encounters!
As a marine biologist, I hold dear the Ocean. My occupation is more than just a job; it is a passion and a calling. Protecting the Ocean and all its creatures is my first commandment.
Swimming with wild yet friendly sea turtles is a privilege. I am grateful for every encounter with Coco Bodu Hithi’s resident Hawksbill sea turtles.
Hawksbill sea turtles are listed as critically endangered species by the IUCN red list, which means they need our active protection. Encounters with Hawksbill sea turtles are special because they are rare.
Should you find yourself swimming with a Hawksbill sea turtle or any other wild animal, do enjoy! Every encounter holds its own beauty. At the same time, keep in mind that most wild animals are shy and will swim away if approached too closely or rapidly. Touching or chasing them will make them swim off even faster!
To have the best experience possible with Hawksbill sea turtles, stay at a distance and parallel to the animal, within its sight. If you swim fast after a sea turtle and make a lot of noise, you will just scare the animal away. You would not want to miss a second of your special encounter!
Now that you proofed to be a harmless co-swimmer to your sea turtle counterpart, try to take an identification picture! Sea turtles have a unique scale pattern on the left and right side of their face. Each scale pattern is unique. At Coco Collection, every identified sea turtle has a code…and name!
On June 8, we celebrated World Oceans Day at Coco Bodu Hithi. To me, it was a very important day. If you look at the Ocean every day, you might forget about its importance and start taking it for granted. On World Oceans Day, every one of us had the chance to become aware of the Ocean again.
With our first Ocean Picture Competition, Coco Bodu Hithi involved associates and guests alike: We asked our associates to present their favourite Ocean view and guests to vote for the best picture. For a chance to win a prize.
Once again, Coco Bodu Hithi associates showed outstanding creativity and most of all: Awareness of the Ocean. Guests eagerly voted and proofed that the winning picture clearly stood out.
Take a few minutes and think of the Ocean. What it provides you with. Is it fish and seafood? Is it tranquillity, a place to relax? Is it beauty, a sight to feast your eyes? Is it a holiday destination? Is it a world full of wonder, waiting for you to be explored? No matter what it might be, the Ocean will always give you something. So why not give back to the Ocean? For instance with a beach and lagoon cleaning to reduce Ocean pollution. Coco Bodu Hithi associates joined hands to clean up their island’s lagoon.
Like our colleagues at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Jack Johnson and people around the world, Coco Bodu Hithi joined the #WaveforChange by creating a short video!