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The Land Before Time

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I've been searching the web thinking what to write about next, somehow struggling even though my head is full of thoughts from articles, conversations and social media spreading out there. Something that I keep mentioning whilst talking about university and future plans is "re-wilding and awareness". I don't know why but I just can't help thinking that there should be a future where no conflicts between wildlife and humans should exist. If anything I'd like to believe that we as an intelligent species come together and for once didn't think about what's yours and mine instead of what is ours. Our planet to share, our planet to enjoy and provide for. So that every generation, creatures and humans alike, can peacefully pace this earth without the anxiety most of us are experience today. Anxiety that will turn in to hard times without no actions and after that, who knows?

I must confess that the angry, negative and incredible childish part of me have tho…

Where do sharks go on vacation?

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Fin-land, ba dum tsh
I know it's been a while since my last post, somehow time has gone faster lately. But now I'm here and I will continue my sharks tale.
This shark is known by many names. Zambezi Shark, Nicaragua Shark, and Ganges River Shark are some of them. Mainly based of the location where they hang out. The name we all know it by is however the bull shark. Most people would also say it's one of the most dangerous shark species, maybe even more so then the great white. I've also read that it's pretty much the garbage bin of the sea as it likes to try a bite of everything, might be where the rumour of being the most aggressive shark comes from as well.

Picture taken from Wikipedia
As in many cases of nature the female is bigger, range between 180cm to 230cm but have in extreme cases been recorded to be over 3 meters. While the male ranges between 157cm to 226cm. Despite their size they're surprisingly agile as they can reach the speed of 11 mph / 17 kmh. Wha…

Thalassophobia?

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"Fear of being in large bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, of sea waves, and fear of distance from land" - Wikipedia


So dear readers, I have this love and fear relationship between me and this vast area called the ocean. I'm pretty sure I don't have full on Thalassophobia but there's definitely a slight hint of it lingering in me. You see I absolutely love to be in the water, ever since I was a child I'd spend all my times in pools, lakes or the sea if I could. Even so there always were this nagging feeling of unease and occasional moments where my heart would beat a little faster. 
Now when I think about it I believe this might be the reason why I find the ocean so intriguing and incredibly fascinating. It's the little adrenaline you get when induced by curiosity and fear which makes you long for more. The fear for me is the darkness and not knowing what's under your feet but most of all it's the indoctrinated fear for (yes you…

Life as a vegan

Or should I say plant eater as it seems to be less offensive. Me and my partner have been eating plant based food since April 2018 and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I only wish I'd done it earlier. I wish I could have opened my eyes earlier to what's happening in this world or maybe not closed them so hard that denial was all I could see.

Either way I'm not writing this here to judge but to explain how I've felt these last nine months.
Becoming a plant eater in the UK in this day and age is not hard, I dare to say it's easier then it probably ever been. All you really need is discipline and a little more effort, I only say effort as it takes a while to learn new recipes and getting your stomach used to all the great beans out there! But stick with it and the effort will fade as with anything you make a habit of.

The only hard part about eating plant based and calling yourself a "vegan" is how you are made fun of for trying to help…

Oh Whale..

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..isn't Christmas a bit over-whale-ming? I guess I might have looked up whale puns. I mean who doesn't like whale puns. So I suppose you're whale-come. Ok, I know that's enough lets continue to the subject at hand today!

And that is whales! Can you believe it. But it is not any kind of whale, it's the adorable beluga whale. To be honest I thought they were a part of the dolphin family as they are a little similar but I might be partial as I absolutely adore dolphins. However they're not, they are one out of two members in the Monodontidae family (whales). Where the second member is the Narwhal who are also fantastic creatures but today it's the Belugas time to shine.

With their white skin to protect them against predators they're one of the most recognisable whales but also one of the most expressive ones too!  This is partly to do with these fascinating facts;

Their neck vertebrae is not fused like other whales which means that the Beluga can move their…

A Pang For The Pangolin

The most trafficked mammal on earth, how would that feel? You'd most likely feel more then just a pang.

Out of eight species, four are stated as vulnerable, two endangered and the last two critically endangered. Mostly because they're illegally hunted down by people for their scales. This is due to uneducated parts of the world believing it contains healing properties. Another danger for the pangolin is also deforestation of their habitat.
It's not only the scales that interest the poachers but also the meat as it's seen as luxurious food in both Vietnam and China. Am I surprised? If I'd never been in Asia I might say yes but from what I saw in Cambodia I am definitely not. Sadly. 
Roughly 20% of the illegal wildlife trade is made up by the pangolins and it's black market is mainly in Asia.
Wow this post is depressing. Let me make it even more dispiriting by describing this wonderful creature.
As mentioned before these creatures are mammals and not reptiles as …

My Favourite David

This gentleman can't be praised enough. If you haven't seen his speech at the climate conference on behalf of the ‘People’s Seat’ please watch it now. In fact I will share it here below for you to see.


You are fantastic, David Attenborough.