The Mediterranean Monk Seal has been considered extinct in Croatia since 1960’s when the last specimens were caught. But, several years ago it was spotted nearby Cape Kamenjak on the south side of Istria peninsula and on a city beach of Pula, also in Istria. It was sunbathing and taking a nap.
CROdolphin_little is a smartphone application which enables its users to send a message to a monitoring database when they spot a dolphin. The application has been designed by a team in Croatia with the main purpose of protecting dolphins in the Adriatic. Every yachtsmen or person who chartered a yacht can contribute to their protection if they get lucky enough to spot these magnificent creatures.
The Seabin is an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil from the water. Its main purpose is to solve and prevent ocean pollution problems. It was designed to clean marinas, ports and yacht clubs, which are a perfect place to start cleaning oceans because there is no open ocean swells and storms, and the bin works in a controlled environment.
The fish market in Split has recently been richer for two new seafood stands. The offer at these stands consisted of all sorts of plastic packages, bottle caps, Styrofoam boxes and syringes, all washed up on the shore from the sea. This exhibition was part of a larger project, whose aim is to influence decision makers and general public to think about the human relation to the sea and nature in general because marine pollution is becoming one of the world’s most important issues.
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. They are threatened by climate change and pollution. Find out why they are important and how you can help to protect them.
Sea turtles, that have a lifespan of up to 200 years, are in major threat due to humans. It is estimated that some 2500 sea turtles are caught by trawling nets in the eastern Adriatic and 3600 more in the western Adriatic every year. If you see a turtle floating helplessly in the Croatian Adriatic, contact the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation.
Did you know the oceans cover nearly 71% of the world’s surface? Did you know that the oceans provide over 97% of the world’s water supply as well as half of the oxygen that we breathe? Did you know that 1% of the ocean floor is covered with coral reef? Find 50 fascinating facts about the ocean in interesting infographics made by divein.com.
Drumi is a new practical laundry-washing machine that can be used on board a sailing yacht. First of all, it is small, so it does not take up much space. It is very simple to use – the clothes are washed by pressing a pedal. It does not require any electricity and uses very little water, and its parts are made of recycled materials, so it is quite ecological.
Dolphins are wonderful creatures that live in the open sea in constant move. We should all learn to respect their habitat and educate ourselves about how to behave when we spot one. Blue Water Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, an organization from Veli Lošinj, Croatia can provide you with all the necessary information.
With the vast amount of technological advances over past few decades, it’s hard to believe that only 3% of the world’s oceans have been explored. Many scientists believe we know more about space than we do about the ocean. Experts also estimate that there are between ten and thirty million species of undersea life yet to be discovered. Even with all the mindboggling advances humankind has made, the ocean deep is still shrouded in mystery.