Saturday, July 25, 2009

Freed a Fish caught in Plastic

Today surpassed all the others on our plastic ocean voyage. It dwarfed the Water Spot (funnel cloud) off in the short distance on Thursday. Even the soaring dolphins, the angel white Long Tail Terns and Flying Fish, as beautiful as entertaining as they were, do not compare to what we witnessed today. Not even the five vials of plastic that we plucked from the North Atlantic Gyre today wowed us to the extent to what I videoed tonight. Michael Gonsior, a post doc from University of California Irvine, assisted us in removing marine debris with a net as the ship idled while collecting deep ocean water. Gonsior plucked a black motor oil bottle from the ocean and by doing so saved the life of a fish that got trapped in the bottle when it was small and grew too large to ever escape. He had to rip the bottle open in order to free the beautiful blue spotted fish from its cramped quarters. The video reveals the story as it happened - evidence that plastics have a negative impact on our marine life. video

13 comments:

  1. Unreal!!! Is anyone paying attention over here!! This is actually happening! Bonnie you're my hero!!

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  2. Thanks Jason, but I have to tell you Jennifer was rad with the science side of it. She really impressed me and the lead sciencist. I was in well over my head with some very serious science people. And with the crazy stuff that happened out there, I had enough on my hands with the videoing. Wait until you see this next one, even more astounding. You know what J? I think the ocean was talking to us . . . and I'm not alone. The entire science community on that ship had an education. And when that fish came out of that motor oil bottle, the lead scientist called it "an order of magnitude."

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  3. Thanks for supporting this project all the way through Deborah. Wait until you see the next video. Mind blower

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  4. magnitude indeed! We're in serious trouble...you'll never guess what has transpired since yoiu've been gone! Pretty rad! Call me if and when you can!

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  5. just when we think we know so much, we realize there is still so much to learn. This whole blog woke me.

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  6. thanks for saying so and for reading it over.

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  7. That's an astounding video! Who says one person can't make a difference! You should see if the news media would be interested -- it would make a great human (or fish?) interest story. Thanks for the opportunity to view the video.

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  8. Thank you for all of your support Perry. I'll let you know if anything becomes of the video.

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  9. Hi Bonnie,

    I am impressed with the work that you and Jennifer have done. Thank you so much. I have been writing weekly newsletters this summer to inform WB Board of Alderman and the Sea Turtle Volunteers of just how much litter the volunteers are collecting weekly on WB. I include all kinds of info in the letter and have included links to videos of the north pacific gyre. It is unreal and lights a fire in me. I really believe we have to rally behind this cause, change our habits, and clean up our oceans! I would love to share information with you and Jennifer about the reports I have collected. Will call Jennifer at her office soon. I do believe the Ocean was indeed talking to you!!! She is talking to us all! It is time to listen! Thank you Thank you Thank you.

    Ginger Taylor

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  10. I cannot view the video in IE, Chrome, or Firefox, and when I try to view in RealPlayer it says it's not downloadable from this site.

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