The Marine life of the Sonoran Desert

When you think of the Sonoran Desert, you might think of cacti, snakes, and dirt. However, there is so much more to the desert, which encompasses the Gulf of California – a place where thousands of marine species thrive.

Vaquita
Sea Turtles
Brown Shrimp

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Games

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A Word to Our Readers

Hey! We just wanted to send out a big thank you to all our readers! We really appreciate it.

We would like to start posting more things that are relevant to you – our awesome readers that keep this site going. So if you wouldn’t mind, we’d like to know a little more about what YOU want to see on this site.

Leave a comment with your general age group (doesn’t have to be specific by any means 🙂 ), where you’re from, and what you’d like to see more or less of on this site.

Thank you so much! We sincerely appreciate it.

The War on Plastic Bags

California TCOT

In 2010, California tried to ban the plastic bag.  I thought to myself, “Seriously? With all the problems we have?” Now individual cities like Dana Point and Laguna Beach are picking up the torch.

I mean, I remember as a child the “Save A Tree: Use Plastic” when we all used paper bags.  We loved them.  They were used for trash, we wrapped presents in them; heck! Mom even cooked her Thanksgiving Turkey in one.  If that’s not “reuse, reduce, recycle” what is?

Here are some of my concerns:

  • Who will pay for the paper bags?  In all liklihood, the consumer, either directly or indirectly, will bear the added cost.
  • There is no great way to ensure reusable bags (the preferred alternative to plastic “single-use” bags) are properly washed, thus preventing food-to-home-back-to-store contamination.  I double-dog dare you to read the study linked below; these bags are breeding grounds…

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This applies to the environment everywhere.

NJ Surfrider: Posts for Kate

Plastic bags have become the standard of how many consumers shop and take home their items throughout much of America. As we know plastic bags are extremely harmful to the environment, and with no way of truly recycling these bags it creates waste that can sometimes end up in locations that we value, such as our beaches. Plastic bags can hurt ocean wildlife and create an annoying burden on those beach goers who are surrounded by plastic waste while trying to enjoy their day off of vacation.

There needs to be new options for vacationeers to bring their items to the beach without  the possibility of leaving the harmful plastic bags that litter beaches like the one shown above. Now that option is available to anyone who wants it. Reusable shopping bags have slowly started to become more and more attractive to those people who are becoming environmentally aware. You…

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Cet-Mar Aquarium

“Did you know that there is an aquarium in Rocky Point? Not a lot of people do. It is called Cet Mar, and its main focus is on the wildlife and eco systems of the sea of Cortez. They’ve got remakes of the reef ecosystems found in the Sea of Cortez along with turtles, sea lions, and of course the Sea of Cortez’s pride: shrimp. Who knew there were so many different kinds?! You can buy a bag of food and feed the turtles and sea lions!

You can feed the turtles!

It is fun for everyone!

Cet Mar is an open tank aquarium, housing wild animals; thus they do get to be released, so be aware that the exhibits change. Cet Mar is dedicated to providing awareness and knowledge of the Sea of Cortez and its inhabitants, not to exploit them. Their hours of operation are from 10am-3pm during the week and from 10am-6pm on the weekends. Entry is about $50 pesos ($4 more or less) and is located on the road to Las Conchas. You should definitely visit Cet Mar Aquarium next time you are in Rocky Point!”

*Taken from: http://tinyurl.com/cb4du3y

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, on the Californian coast is unique, beautiful, and stunning to say the least. The aquarium itself is one of a kind. The aquarium is right of the coast, meaning that the floor-to-ceiling windows show viewers the open ocean. The water isn’t aquarium-fish-tank water that the marine animals have to acclimate to. Every night, the water is transferred in directly from the ocean, and gently filtered so that viewers are able to see nature how it should be.

The exhibits at the museum are almost as beautiful as the ocean itself. With seasonal exhibits like the jellyfish, and new ones opening year-round, there is always something new and crazy and exciting to see!

One of the main focuses of the aquarium is the issue of conservation. The aquarium is dedicated to helping protect and save native ocean species that are quickly deteriorating. Here is the aquarium’s ocean conservation page, where you can find out more about the species and issues that are current in the region, and possibly make a donation to keep the aquarium’s impact on the environment strong.

Huge thanks to Art Profiles World

From the authors of this blog, we would like to send out a thank you to Art Profiles World for following our blog, and liking our posts. It is greatly appreciated, and we also love the art work that you have been posting. It’s beautiful, and very well-put together. We hope you continue to visit our blog! 😀

Sincerely,

The authors of Sonoran Marine Life

Coloring Pages!

Want to have some fun and learn about these Sonoran Marine Animals? Then check out these coloring pages. 🙂

(Click on the images for larger views)

Seafood Watch 2012

Here it is! The new and improved Seafood Watch list courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium!

These guides are incredibly useful and show consumers what is healthy and sustainable to eat, and what to avoid due to overharvesting and possible extinction.

We have the PDF here, and will be putting up a permanent page with these pocket-sized, convenient brochures.

Southwest Seafood Guide

West Coast Seafood Guide

Here is the official Seafood Watch website.

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