Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here.
Below, four ocean infographic gifs from the film.
What happened to the coral reefs?
Between 1950 and 2014, half of the coral reefs across the oceans died.
What happened to tuna, sharks, and cod?
Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific Bluefin Tuna, sharks, and North Atlantic Cod were all almost fished to extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain.
The number of ocean deadzones then and now:
Ocean deadzones are spots in the sea where life no longer exists. They occur when massive fertilizer runoff (or other ocean crises) set in motion an oxygen-depriving chain of events…
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Check out the Subwing, a new water-sport craze that’s taking things under the surface is sweeping across Europe.
“Riding the Subwing will make you feel like you’re flying underwater and gives the rider a sense of dolphin-like freedom”. – Westgård
With only “22 years old, Sivertsen’s Subwing has come into its own and is spreading across the water-sports world. “Riders are towed behind a boat and have the ability to spin, turn and dive almost anywhere,” says Director of Subwing, Mats Westgård.
It’s said that it requires ‘little or no practice’ and using the Subwing is quite intuitive. Tilting the wings right or left allows for dramatic dives, lateral ricochets, and exhilarating corkscrew spins”. – Interesting Engineering