COVID-19 is creating some major havoc in my life. I surf most days, but the one question that came up early for me on this journey is can I still keep surfing during all this chaos? If you can surf in uncrowded surf with nobody around—well, it's your call. If you are surfing major breaks and there are lots of people in the water you are tempting fate.
We love waves. Big and powerful waves bring stoke, most of the time. In real life, surfers are only able to tap a very tiny amount of that tremendous ocean wave power in order to fuel their ride on a wave. But there’s much more energy in a wave and the planet harnesses this energy to perform several key ecosystem services. Here are five things to know about the power of ocean waves.
We know how poop fertilizes our soil. What we excrete, the soil microorganisms welcome it as food. This same thing happens underwater; a lot of marine organisms rely on the constant fish poop to get nutrients for their survival. But it’s more than just sustenance. It’s also a way how the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon.
The most famous surf spots in the world are known for their challenging waves. However, human-accelerated climate change is threatening those great surf spots. Here are 5 top surfing spots that may go the way of the dodo if we don't do something to address the problem of climate change.
With climate change heating up the waters and making it more acidic, coral reefs are at the risk of being wiped out. Scientists are finding ways on how to save these corals but as it turns out, there are "super corals" that can be the answer to the ocean crisis.
Have you heard about the water footprint? According to the Water Footprint Network, the water footprint is the “measure of humanity’s appropriation of fresh water in volumes of water consumed and/or polluted.” And as a way of reducing our environment footprint, minding your own water footprint is a key part to that.
Aside from the kelp’s surf-enhancing capabilities, it’s actually important because it can help combat the negative effects of climate change on the ocean. How this seaweed can do it? Kelp forest filters the ocean and keeps toxic algae low. It also slows down acidification and protects marine biodiversity like fishes, snails and rays. And did you know that it is a superfood? Learn and read more.
There’s more to a California springtime than the waves. It’s also an awesome time to watch whales! What are a baleen whale and a California Gray Whale? Read the latest report on Gray Whale watching and hunting, the number of endangered species and the continuing threats. What can we do to help?
Global warming creates big waves in popular surfing spots worldwide. What are the reasons why global warming is going to ruin surfing? Sure, it creates awesome waves but it can also kill coral reefs. It creates destructive storms and melts the glaciers making the seas rise. It also messes up the wind patterns. How a wave is formed? And how can we minimize the negative effects of global warming?
The ocean also has its own snowfall, slowing sinking down into the seafloor. But it’s not made of ice flakes. Rather, it’s made of marine poop. What is Marine Snow? Underwater snow is basically the poop that comes out from the underwater creatures. They float from the upper or mid layers of the oceans and slowly drift to the seafloor. There is also a threat of acidification and microplastics.