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Edgar’s blog: International Penguin Day 2016

International Penguin Day 2016

Penguins in the southern hemisphere are facing real issues with their habitat and global warming. Let’s remember them on this International Penguin Day. It has taken a long, long time to get the attention my flightless, feathered friends deserve even though 75% of all humans claim penguins to be their favourite animals.

To help my arctic friends some UK scientists have asked for some help with the study of photo images so that they can gain insight into how climate change is really affecting penguin populations.

Seventy five cameras have been installed near penguin territories in Antarctica and its surrounding islands to figure out what’s happening with local populations. Each of the cameras takes hourly photos and the amount of adorable photos produced is too much for the scientists to get trough.  This is where you come in. Sign up for PenguinWatch 2.0

Just logon. Look at the photos and identify adult penguins, chicks and eggs on each photo.

By helping with this work you will not only help my friends the penguins but you will also be helping the scientists to understand the effects of climate change on the whole area. This is because the penguin populations are a good “marker” for the vitality of the area in general.

I just love penguins, they are adorable. Penguins are cool! Logon and do your bit for your fellow Earth Citizen.

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Edgar’s blog: Save turtles from the nets

Turtles die every year when accidentally caught in fishing nets

My relatives have covered vast distances across the world’s oceans, filling a vital role in the balance of marine habitats for more than 100 million years.

Hundreds of thousands of turtles are accidentally caught and die in fishing gear every year

Many of these injuries and deaths take place while my friends are migrating through fishing areas. The turtles, attracted to the bait, get caught on the hooks used to catch fish.

While all sea turtles are affected by commercial fisheries. Loggerheads and leatherbacks have the greatest risk because of their feeding habitats.

Watch the video to see just what I am talking about.

How can you help?

  1. Pledge to buy seafood that’s certified as being sustainable and urge stores and restaurants to carry certified fish.
  2. Support Marine Eco Tourism when you are on holiday. Just like our Friends at Kosgoda in Sri Lanka.
  3. Make a good buy when travelling.Think twice and ask at least a few questions before buying that tortoiseshell souvenir, coral jewelery or snakeskin belt.

Interesting links: WWF

Watch this video I shared on Facebook.

Cheers Edgar

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Edgar’s blog: Nessie in the River Thames?

Could Nessie be Edgar?

Nessie normally lives in the cold dark waters of Loch Ness in Scotland. This last week in UK several videos have been posted of a large figure floating or swimming in the River Thames.

There is much speculation regarding these images.

The YouTube clips, show a long dark shape which appears to have two humps emerging from the river. After a brief glimpse it disappears back beneath the murky waters in front of The O2 in Greenwich. What could it be and has Nessie indeed moved to a new location on the River Thames?

Whales, seals and the like are known in the River Thames. In fact more than 2,500 whales and dolphins have been spotted in central London during the last 10 years. One suggestion is that the images may show a pod of Dolphins moving along the river.

Another intelligent person thought it may actually be one of my relatives, a fellow turtle just finding his way.

Whatever it is, Nessie or not it has reminded us all yet again of the mystery of Loch Ness and it’s monster. Are you a believer? Do you not yet know the Story? Check it out and remember, if you have evidence of the real Loch Ness monster, please call.

Cheers,

Edgar.

Edgar’s blog: a pair of socks should stay a pair

For a four footed creature like me it’s ridiculous to walk with odd socks. For a long time I have spent hours matching socks that came out of the laundry. I tried out a lot of hacks to keep my pairs a pair. Some ideas worked a bit but mostly it took more time then matching the pair of socks.

One day I was swimming along in the river Maas just in front of the Rotterdam Building and suddenly it hit me. A button! That’s it, just a button. Buttons have been used for ages in almost every kind of clothing. Even boxer shorts have buttons. And yet nobody had put buttons on a sock.

So I tried it out… It worked great!

On one sock there is a button and on the other sock there is a buttonhole. Button them up before you throw them in the laundry. Put your pair of socks in the washing machine. And best of all, take your pair out of the washing machine! Besides the fact that they stay together in the washing machine you also save time hanging them out on the drying rack. Yes! No more faff with pegs.

I most def made my life a lot easier. I hope it will make yours a lot easier too!

Cheers, Edgar

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