Written by Ellia Cobb, Transforming Lives Trainee.
Did you know that oceans are home to more than half of the world’s wildlife with over 30,000 species of marine plants and animals found here in the UK, ranging from seahorse to orcas? National Marine Week is an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful wildlife we have here in our seas. We have only explored 5% of our oceans, so who knows what other marine life is out there yet to be discovered!
The world’s seas and oceans hold the largest ecosystems and biodiversity. It is estimated 50-80% of the world’s oxygen is produced by the oceans of which marine plants and animals contribute to, it is so important that we do our best to conserve our oceans and marine life.
National Marine Week, held by The Wildlife Trust from 22nd July- 6th August, gives people the opportunity to explore the shorelines of local beaches to try and spot some of the incredibly diverse marine life we have here in the UK. Taking advantage of the low tides, this helps encourage people to better understand and protect these species.
It is a great opportunity to learn about marine life and how we can help protect it. There are many different activities being held such as exploring rock pools, snorkeling and beach clean-ups for all ages to get involved with.
Take the opportunity this upcoming National Marine Week to learn more about our marine wildlife, how we as Individuals can help protect them and why it is so important. There are so many beautiful, diverse, and interesting creatures to learn about.