While you may not be able to see it; life below the water is changing – in horrible ways. On a daily basis, an incredible amount of trash makes its way into the ocean, of which PLASTIC is the biggest culprit.
Plastic is toxic and takes hundreds of years to biodegrade into tiny even more poisonous pieces of microplastics. It is arguably one of the most harmful waste product that is ending up in our oceans and ultimately into the animals that live in it.
This gentle giant goes by the name of Blue, and he is a male Humpback whale.
You can find Humpback whales roaming all over the world. In the winter, they tend to be found in warm southern waters and in the summer, the whales migrate up the coast to the cold nutrient rich waters of the north. In Canada, Humpbacks can be found off the coast of British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in June, July and August.
This is what scuba divers do in their free time: “Blue” the snow whale is making waves in northern Ontario encouraging people to think twice about their use of plastic. We even made the CTV news, stay tuned! #plasticfree #conservation #wwf #projectaware @paditv #scuba #diving #girlsthatscuba #saveourseas #ocean #scubadivingmag
Even though the closest ocean to North Bay is more than 900 kilometers away, Blue is making a splash in our city because he needs your help.
Blue dreams of a healthier and cleaner ocean, where he doesn’t need to worry about his underwater friends dying as a result of plastic. To do this, he needs everyone to pitch in.
Living way up in northern Ontario, it’s easy to be disconnected from ocean-related problems, but the sea of change starts with you;
Let’s give the whales something to sing about this year. Let’s lend the ocean a helping fin and reduce our use of plastic!
Be a sucker for ocean conservation and sustainability:
If you’re a scuba diver that wants to learn more about sustainability and scuba diving, check out our: How to be an Eco-Friendly Scuba Diver post. This post has ideas and inspiration to help make you fins a little greener.
See the CTV Northern Ontario’s Media Coverage on the snow whale:
What kinds of initiatives and products do you use on a daily basis to try and reduce your consumption of single-use plastics? Let us know in the comments below!
Writers Note: This gigantic snow-whale was created using environmentally friendly products, in the hopes of spotlighting a large global pollution problem in a fun and captivating way.
While most people were at home celebrating Mother’s Day, the North Bay Scuba Club donned dive gear and took to the water to clean up the local marina.
We all remember the viral Ice Bucket Challenge that went around social media to raise money for ALS? Well, like the Ice Bucket Challenge, the #binbagchallenge was an idea put together to raise awareness on environmental pollution and hopefully take steps towards a cleaner and better future.
It's not easy being green in a day and age where everything is plastic and waste. Let sustainability lead the way as you explore the underwater world.
Green initiatives are important and in Zihuatanejo, we had the opportunity to join forces with Zihro Plastic and Dive Zihuatanejo to lending a helping fin.
There are many ways to fight back against pollution and on Bonaire, this takes the form of scuba diving cleanups.
Do you want to try diving inside an aquarium? This unique Canadian location lets you experience scuba diving and up-close animal encounters like never before.
When it comes to getting outside and immersed in nature, Ontario Parks is at the top of the list. Not only do the parks boast magnificent nature, but it's hundreds of thousands of lakes make it a real treat for those who love the water.
Submerging into the cold waters of Deer Island is one of the best ways to appreciate the vibrant array of color the Bay of Fundy hides beneath her surface.
Sometimes finding a good dive spot is easier said than done. Shore diving around Saint John, New Brunswick is a testament to how unpredictable the Bay Fundy can be.
When diving in Nova Scotia where do you even begin? Do you start in Halifax the province's capital or do you wander beyond to see what the surrounding area has to offer?
Nova Scotia is full of cold water diving opportunities, particularly around shores of Halifax.
Saint Andrews by-the-sea may be small in size, but this summer town packs a pretty big dive punch for scuba divers willing to brave the Bay of Fundy's tides.
Do you enjoy cold water wreck diving? This dive destination will let you experience the best shipwrecks and scuba diving opportunities on the Canadian east coast.