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Today is Earth day and although we think everyday should be overflowing with love for our wild planet, today calls for extra reflection. Waterlust began in 2011 when these two knuckleheads, Patrick & Fiona, met while studying ocean sciences and fell promptly, messily, and happily in love. Today, they are celebrating their honeymoon in the jungle of Nicaragua serendipitously aligned with a day dedicated to the environment they both madly love. As you likely know from your own experiences, life takes many twists and turns and Father Time seems to accelerate with each lap around the sun. To exist in a state of perpetual drowning while trying to navigate the complexities of life seems to be a common feeling in today's modern, fast paced, seemingly connected but emotionally detached world. Escaping The Race of orchestrating a "successful" life and finding the rhythms and balance of nature is to us here at Waterlust downright necessary in finding happiness. So today we challenge you to examine yourself by considering who you are and what you do. We test you to make time to connect with your natural surroundings, whether taking a stroll on the beach or meditating in a garden. And finally, remind yourself that your time on this beautiful rock is both finite yet filled with infinite possibility. As John Muir once wrote, "As the leaf on the ripples of the Lake, generation follows generation. We are passing away. How great the need for energy to spend our little while to purpose." Happy Earth Day!
The beautiful green leaves on a palm frond help trap the suns energy in the form of sugar- enabling the tree to grow through a process we all know as photosynthesis. And bonus… oxygen is released as a byproduct into the atmosphere- helping us to breathe! Thanks Mr. Palm Tree! Similar to a palm tree, Zoanthid corals (pictured here in our Cosmic Coral shorts) also get most of their energy from the sun! Zoanthids host symbiotic algae in their tissues that feed them through photosynthesis, just like the palm fronds help to feed the palm tree and nurture its growth. Nature is pretty freaking cool!
Our new film "Drifting in the Gulf" is up now on our Facebook and Youtube pages! On April 20, 2010 the Gulf of Mexico experienced one of the worst oil spills in history when the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded. The disaster claimed the lives of 11 people, severely damaged the ecosystem of the Gulf and the livelihoods of those that relied of it. But despite all the bad, some good came from this disaster in the form of scientific research. Follow the journey of @cartheresearch scientists as they design, test and deploy new biodegradable drifters in the largest ocean drifter experiment ever performed!
Have you ever seen a baby eel? Biological Oceanographer and Waterlust ambassador @beatrixparis discovered this little guy in the Bahamas during a field experiment yesterday. Many people don't realize that all fish, even the ones that grow up to be huge, begin their lives very small! Don't worry, it was returned safely to the big ole blue shortly after. Be sure to follow Dr. Paris as she posts updates from the field in the coming weeks!
Dos Ojos, one of the many cenotes in Mexico, gives us a glimpse into the rad underground river system that exists in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cenotes are natural sinkholes that form when parts of these limestone cavities erode and their ceilings collapse. Ancient Mayans, having no other source of fresh water other than these cenotes, considered them to be sacred entrances to their underworld. Today, swimmers and divers get to enjoy the breathtaking geological features of these underwater caverns and caves, including stalagmites and stalactites.
Nick going vertical in our new Shore Break Sun Mask made from 5 post-consumer plastic bottles. We designed them to be moisture wicking and extra breathable so you get 50+ UPF protection without feeling like you have a wet gym sock around your face. Protect your money maker here ► http://bit.ly/2nPEEa0
How far away is that fireball in the sky? It actually changes constantly. If you're in the northern hemisphere you might think Earth is closest to the sun in the summer, but that is not the case. The perihelion, a term used to describe our planets closest position of 91.4 million miles to the Sun occurs in early January. Our farthest distance, or the aphelion, occurs in early July while we are 94.5 million miles away.
5 years ago we put our first video up on the interwebs. Today we're thinking back and sharing 5 lessons we've learned since then. Watch the full video up now on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Lesson #5 If we want to protect nature, Mother Earth, the environment, the wild world we live in, we must work together to save our watery planet from ourselves.
5 years ago we put our first video up on the interwebs. Today we're thinking back and sharing 5 lessons we've learned since then. Watch the full video up now on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Lesson #4 Sometimes the shit will hit the fan, and when it does you will need help from family, from friends, from strangers, from experts, from doctors, from nurses, from teachers, from lawyers, from accountants, from salesmen, from politicians, from the rich, from the poor, from corporations, from governments, from liberals, from conservatives, from allies, from rivals, from elderly, from youth, from educated, from ignorant, from men, from women, from people...