Saturday, August 08, 2009

Great Barrier Reef Dead in 20 Years

Phil Walter/Getty Images
"An aerial view of The Great Barrier Reef on August 7 in Cairns, Australia. A recent report by marine scientist Charlie Veron claims that the reef will be so degraded by warming seas that it will be gone within 20 years, and that this situation is now irreversible. "
I would imagine this is now happening to much of the reef system in the Caribbean too. How sad for all the living things in the ocean. Mankind seems to ultimately contaminate and kill everything it touches in time.

I spent a few years living in the Caribbean. All the undersea creatures that befriended man ultimately ended up dead. Whether it was a grouper that would tag along at a fin edge or the turtles that loved to swim and bite the bubbles of exhaled breath. A barracuda that liked to swim next to me just waiting for a dropped tidbit while I fed the Southern Stingrays against the glass of a Sub-Sea . All dead because they trusted a human in the water until another human came along that wanted to kill them for food or sport.

Mankind. The final death. We should be ashamed.

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect.
--Chief Seattle (Possibly not.)

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