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World Oceans Day in a Coral Reef Nation

Jun, 25 2016

WORLD OCEANS DAY is celebrated all around the globe on June 8 to create awareness about our Ocean and how we can protect this important ecosystem.

Today Tina, our Resident Marine Biologist at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is going share our celebrations at Coco Palm. Tina and her team had mainly focused on the importance of Coral Reefs.

Coral reefs are the most diverse and valuable marine ecosystems on Earth. Island and coastal nations are dependent on healthy reefs as their primary source of food and income through tourism.

Imagine: 99.5% of Maldivian territory consists of water! It may not be surprising that the sea and its offerings play major roles in this country. Fishing and tourism are the main sources of income.

Hard corals are the master builder of the Maldives. Without corals, the Maldives would not even exist! Coral reefs protect shorelines from wave action and prevent erosion as well as ports, harbors and the economies they support. Coral reef animals and plants are important targets in finding cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses and other diseases.

The diversity of one single coral reef like Dhuni Kolhu’s House Reef is stunning! Our guests and I lost count on how many different species of fishes we found, out of more than 2000 total species in Maldives! We even had the chance to swim with an adult White-spotted Whipray (Himantura granulate) and a juvenile Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus).

A rare encounter with a White-spotted Whipray (Himantura granulate) at Dhuni Kolhu House Reef

A rare encounter with a White-spotted Whipray (Himantura granulate) at Dhuni Kolhu House Reef

Very much to their disadvantage, sharks have an (undeserved) bad reputation. Numerous movies have created the wrong image of sharks as human-eating monsters. Being afraid of sharks has become the norm.

The truth: Sharks are beautiful and immensely important animals! They control coral reef ecosystems by removing weak and sick animals and keep the fish population in balance.

Nowadays, it becomes more difficult each day to find sharks in the wild. Sadly, shark populations are depleted rapidly due to shark finning and other unsustainable fishing methods.

The good news: All shark species are protected by law in the Maldives and Coco Collection is supporting research on sharks by collecting data for the Maldives Sharkwatch protocol!

Beauty, not a beast – A juvenile Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) passing by peacefully

Beauty, not a beast – A juvenile Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) passing by peacefully

One of the biggest threats to coral reefs and the Ocean poses plastic pollution. Plastic does harm marine animals, especially sea turtles, if it ends up in the Ocean. It also has a negative effect on human health, because it is eaten by the fishes we eat in turn.

Naturally, we took the slogan of World Oceans Day 2016 “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” seriously at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and organized a lagoon cleaning. The event was a great success as everybody enjoyed making the ocean a little bit cleaner. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO OUR LOVELY GUESTS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Everyone can do their part to reduce plastic in the ocean- Thank you for doing yours!

Everyone can do their part to reduce plastic in the ocean- Thank you for doing yours!

To make a pledge against plastic pollution, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu joined Jack Johnson and others around the world on the #WaveforChange by creating a short video!

Our associates mentioned just a few alternatives to plastic: To use matches instead of lighters, soap instead of bottled shower gel and -shampoo, and especially using glass bottles instead of plastic ones. We can all make a big difference for our Ocean, our Planet and our Future with just a few small changes!

We immensely enjoyed being part of the #WaveforChange and ask you to “Protect the Ocean”, in our native languages.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu World Oceans Day Video

Comments

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Comment by: Marilena Posted: 30/06/2016

This is a great post! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by: Marilena Posted: 30/06/2016