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Nature and Me

Ever since I can remember from my childhood, nature has been an integral part of my life. Due to my father’s work as a Macao Customs officer, which involved frequent contact with the sea, I have been exposed to many stories of marine life that he has witnessed firsthand. Among those stories, two in particular left a lasting impression on me.

 

The first instance was when I saw a picture of a dolphin leaping out of the water, adorned in a stunning shade of fancy duron pink. It was my first encounter with the Sousa chinensis, more commonly known as the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. However, I fear it may have been my last encounter, as the second time I heard about it was when news broke of a washed ashore corpse of the same species found on the beach. It was at that moment I realized that instead of merely appreciating the beauty of aquatic animals, it is crucial that we take action to help protect the life beneath the water.

 

Since that day, I have actively sought ways to address this issue and have learned how, as an individual, I can contribute to the protection of underwater life. While it is commonly believed that avoiding the use of plastic products and opting for public transportation whenever possible can help alleviate the current situation, the importance of opposing animal shows and supporting sustainable fisheries is often overlooked by many of us. Animal shows are cruel and inhumane; dolphins that are domesticated and trained for entertainment purposes have lifespans that are only about one-sixth of those in the wild. The case of dolphins is just the tip of the iceberg, as many other species face similar or even worse fates. With the existing measures available and the increasing awareness among us, we are on the right path to collectively protect underwater life.

 

An example of successful conservation efforts can be seen in Australia. In the 1960s, there were only 150 humpback whales left in Australian waters and 5,000 worldwide. In 1972, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment called for a ban on commercial whaling, and in 1983, the International Whaling Commission implemented a comprehensive ban on hunting whales for commercial purposes. Over the past four decades, the number of humpback whales in Australia has rebounded to 40,000. While this achievement is commendable, we must not see it as the end, but rather as the beginning of our efforts to protect these magnificent creatures.

 

In conclusion, the most crucial aspect is that we recognize the problem and take action now. Protecting the marine environment is the responsibility of every individual in the world. If necessary, new environmental laws should be established, and we must all adhere to these regulations. By working together, both individuals and governments, we can ensure that the ocean becomes a better place for all.

Photo Reference

Photo by Jonas Von Werne: https://www.pexels.com/photo/dolphins-jumping-out-from-ocean-3354346/

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