Using the bone structure of a King penguin as a guide, New Zealand archeologists were able to re-assemble the bones of an extinct species of penguin fossilized on the nation's shores.
In Maori, this name loosely translates to 'diver who returns with food'. Quite a fitting name for a penguin, the Kairuku was the largest of the 5 species of penguins common to this era.
Standing at over 1 meter tall (4ft, 2inches), this penguin would tower over our beloved sea birds of today. The Kairuku had a unique shape, donning a large set of flippers and a elongated beak.
Described as an elegant bird by penguin standards, the ancient Kairuku had a long, slender body with short, thick legs and feet.
Citation: "Big NZ fossil penguin reconstructed". BBC news: Science and Environment. 27.02.12
Beginning as a simple idea shared between ocean loving families, the "Family Dive Adventures" were born. These fantastic family led excursions combine a love for ocean exploration with youth education and interactive marine activities including snorkeling and diving.
There are year-round organized expeditions inviting families from around the world to join in on the fun of marine education, conservation, and exploration. Regular destinations include Grand Cayman, Palau, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Fiji, and Belize...just to name a few!
Every summer, children are invited to participate in "Kids Sea Camp" which aims at cultivating a love for the ocean in all the young participants. The idea is that as parents encourage their children to become aware of the ocean environment by having hands-on experiences snorkeling and diving.
The staff at "Family Dive Adventures" is dedicated to promoting education of marine related issues, how living oceans work, thus creating young ambassadors for the future. Activities, games, classroom and in-water adventures help to keep participants motivated and curious about our blue planet.
Please visit the Family Divers on their website, and consider spending your next holiday sharing and teaching your children about the beauty and importance of our ocean environment. An investment in our youth's futures, Family Dive Adventures will nurture your connection to the sea through education and discovery!
Here is a sneak peak at what the Kids Sea Camp is like!!
The world's underwater sea beds have engrained resources such as oil hidden deep beneath the ocean floor. Drilling for this oil has become a widespread and incredibly profitable business for industries seeking to utilize this natural resource. A multitude of products humans use have been sourced from the crude oil found deep in our sea beds.
On April 20th, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused the largest ocean oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico. An estimated 50,000 barrels of oil escaped into the ocean every day for a total of 87 days until the leak was finally stopped.
The environmental damage for this type of incident is immeasurable and will continue to escalate for years to come. Wildlife and fishing communities depending on the Gulf of Mexico's nutrient rich waters have been heavily affected by the inundation of oil since the disastrous spill.
There are numerous offshore drilling rigs around the globe extracting oil from as deep as 1 mile beneath the ocean floor. The environmental consequences of incidental oil spills are monumental and bring into question the sustainability of this type of industry.