Sunday, September 25, 2011

Phuket Heritage Trails - give them a call

John is a very busy man with his numerous projects BUT he always has time for other people.

An organisation he champions is Phuket Heritage Trails.
who offer;

...cultural, historical and natural tours of Phuket, conducted by Phuket natives who showcase local beliefs, architecture, cuisines and lifestyle within the historical backdrop made up of the community's ethnic and religious diversity.

If you visit Phuket send them a message and then you can learn what Phuket is really about.

See you on the water, Ling Yai (Thai for 'Big Monkey') AKA John Caveman Gray

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Dolphins, whales, beaches and plastic bags (Part 2)

How do these petrochemicals impact a cetacean? 

First off, between Phuket's lack of awareness regarding marine rubbish;

Stop at your neighborhood gas station, put a few drops of petrol in your palm, and clear your sinus cavities with a healthy snort of high octane, leaded of course. (Kids - don't really do this.) As you go catatonic, imagine how marine mammals must feel once they swim into a petrol or diesel slick - and are lost

Tourist brochures won't tell you, but our oceans are polluted with both solid and petrochemical scum and it's getting worse.

Today, there are at least three mid-ocean slicks hundreds of miles long, and as deep as 300 meters - the World's biggest garbage dumps, all human created. 
As we can see above (and in a previous post on this blog) - a main villain in all of this is the plastic bag (eg petrochemicals).  So the next time the staff behind the counter hands you a plastic bag please think about the photographs and whether you NEED that bag.

See you on the water, Ling Yai (Thai for 'Big Monkey') AKA John Caveman Gray.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dolphins, whales, beaches and plastic bags (Part I)

photo from Telegraph - permission requested
A whale beaches themselves because their sonar system has been disrupted by an increase in chemicals – I would say by the amount of rubbish that we throw / pump into the sea.

According to Dr. Sontaya Manawatthaha of the Phuket Marine Biological Center, every year in Phuket an average of 20 whales and dolphins beach in Phuket and die because they cannot survive in our polluted seas.

These are the cetaceans that survive long enough to make it to our shores. For every whale or dolphin that makes land, an untold amount die at sea. 

Ironically, non-biodegradable petroleum products are the major culprits. 

Instead of using less plastic bags or recycling in an era of soaring petroleum costs, we throw them into the sea, where they end up in the guts of whales, turtles and seabirds, dooming them to a long, painful and frustrating death.

See you on the water, Ling Yai (Thai for 'Big Monkey') AKA John Caveman Gray

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