The sun is rising later and setting earlier. Sadly, summer is coming to an end in Hawaii.
Although it flew by, and was filled with "stay at home" mandates, I still tried to make the most of my summer by spending as much time in the ocean as possible.
I was fortunate to see and experience many wonderful things, like swimming with the most adorable baby dolphins, a curious monk seal, huge schools of fish, sea turtles, and many other cool sea creatures. I'd like to share some of these experiences with you!
I think what attracts me most to the underwater world is the connection I feel with nature. It constantly reminds me of how small I am, how beautiful this planet is and how fortunate we are to be a part of it.
Until I began free diving, everything that was happening underneath the oceans surface was sort of non existent to me. Water makes up the majority of our planet, but when you aren't in it, exploring it, enjoying it, it's easy to miss what's really happening. Sometimes it's easy to forget how much the ocean provides for us. It feeds us, brings us happiness, calms and heals us, and inspires and amazes us with its vast beauty and marine life.
Sadly, as a species, we aren't treating our oceans with the respect and care they deserve. Our actions are affecting our planet so much that we really need to take a step back and reconsider our choices.
(This is a photo I took at Makapuu Beach last Sunday.)
The amount of plastic and trash I am finding in the ocean is just heartbreaking. Beaches are littered with food wrappers and water bottles, while the sands are mixed with micro plastics. Fishing lines and nets are tangled around coral heads, and this year I saw dolphins playing with a plastic bag like it was a toy...
I love and care about the ocean so much, so it has really made me think about how I can transition my lifestyle to live in a more sustainable and less environmentally harmful way. I'm starting to really focus on sustainable choices, and will be sharing those on separate blog.
If you love the ocean and have some free time, you should check out these great documentaries. They will share the oceans beauty, while raising awareness of some of the greatest challenges the ocean is currently facing.
- Chasing coral
- Mission blue
- Our planet
- A plastic ocean
- The blue planet
We can all do something to reduce our environmental impact. Hopefully, these documentaries give you some insight on what is happening to our oceans, and encourage you start thinking about how you can achieve a more eco friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
If you know any tips or recommendation for sustainable products, let me know in the comment below:)