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Life in the Oceans !

Ever wondered, what color does the Earth look like from outer space? Of course, Blue! Almost 70% of our planet is covered with water with “coastal seas” being the largest habitat on Earth.

Did you know, the ocean produces more than half of the oxygen that sustains life on the planet. Its ability to absorb carbon dioxide helps protect all life from the harsh impacts of climate change. How we treat the water on earth affects every species on the planet, now and for years to come. Let’s take a virtual dive into the ocean and experience the beauty of the underwater world!

Dive into the latest edition of Nature Nuggets and learn about the importance of oceans on our planet.

Octopus

World Ocean Day is celebrated on June 8th. In this month, one of the most important things we can do is learn new ways to protect our blue planet.

The “Blue carbon” ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass meadows and kelp forests can sequester as much/more carbon per hectare than terrestrial ecosystems! Yes, and coral reefs, act as blue infrastructure, offering protection against storms and other impacts of climate disruption.

This World Ocean Day, WWF released a new Blueprint for a Living Planet. It outlines four principles for integrated ocean-climate action that is believed should guide discussions going into the crucial UN climate conference, COP26 in November, 2021. Watch this to know more.

Dolphin

Common Name: Bottlenose Dolphin
Scientific Name: Tursiops

These clever, streamlined mammals are found in most of the world’s oceans. Bottlenose dolphins are generally social creatures that live in groups called ‘pods’, which can contain hundreds of individuals.

Dolphins play an important role in keeping their environment in balance! They eat animals like fish and squid and are themselves a source of food for some sharks and other creatures. Without dolphins, the animals they prey on would increase in number, and their predators wouldn’t have as much to eat. Hence, to avoid the disruption in the natural balance in the food chain and negative effects on other wildlife and the health of the ocean environment, it is important to conserve dolphins.

Watch this video to know how intelligent dolphins actually are!

Time to check your Nature Quotient!

What name is given to animals like Sea anemones, lobsters and snails that typically live on the ocean floor?

a. Plankton
b. Phytoplankton
c. Nekton
d. Benthos

Answer to be revealed in our next edition!

Previous edition Answer: Humphead Wrasse, Anemone Fish and Maori Coral Goby can all change their gender naturally in their lifetimes! How amazing is that!

Watch this video and learn how Anthias fish do gender jumping in their lifetime.

Congratulations to everyone who guessed it right

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In this edition, let’s re-examine our relationship with oceans. Take a green turn and learn how to make responsible seafood choices.

Check out our top tips for making environmentally responsible seafood choices.

By making a few changes to the seafood you eat, you can help protect the oceans and the communities that depend on them for food and income.

Hop onto the wild wagon and embark your expedition with WWF’s Wild Wisdom Global Challenge 2021!

Get your school registered today and begin to explore the wilderness.

Visit https://quiz.wwfindia.org/ to know more.

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