(Photo taken from his Memorial page.)
I’d like to suggest that we dedicate this year’s World Oceans Day to Timothy Ray, the passionate young ocean sciences student who passed away last month (as previously mentioned in this blog).
If life had continued according to the normal order of things, Tim would have had about another fifty years on this Earth, and would no doubt have dedicated much of his life to the preservation of the oceans. So with his premature loss we have a shortfall of about 18,250 ocean days that we need to somehow make up for. We could start by everybody reading this blog observing World Oceans Day 2011 on 8th June. I know that most of you never met him, but take it from me, he was one of the good guys. So I hope this is okay with you.
If you’re short of ideas on what to do for Oceans Day, here are a few suggestions:
1. Get informed – maybe watch one or more of the TED Mission Blue talks. If you want the bad news, check out Jeremy Jackson. If you’d prefer something more upbeat, Brian Skerry is very good, and has some superb photographs. But there are lots more there too – you’ll be spoiled for choice.
3. Have your own mini beach clean-up, or if you don’t live near the coast, clean up along the banks of a river or stream. All rivers lead to the ocean – and take rubbish along with them.
I’ve been trying to think what I can do to mark the day. It seems odd, given that I am in the middle of an ocean, that I’m short of ideas that go above and beyond what I am doing every day anyway. I could refrain from swearing at the ocean for 24 hours, no matter how provoked, but that seems a bit lame. Let me know if you have any better suggestions!
Photo: my Hawaiian turtle, positioned above the hatch to the sleeping cabin, just in front of my rowing position. The turtle is my favourite of all sea creatures. I bought this sticker when I was in Hawaii for the 5th International Marine Debris Conference this March.
Ocean life goes on. A few more miles under the hull today. My hands are almost impossibly crusty, with calluses and flaking skin, but otherwise the bod is bearing up okay.
Sponsored Miles: Grateful thanks to Sindy Davis, Kathleen Detseye and Kathy Dervin
Latest News: Keith Whelan, mentioned by Roz in yesterday’s blog:
Irishman Keith Whelan has been rescued off the Australian coast overnight after suffering a minor injury while at sea.
Keith’s rowing boat was hit by a large wave last night while he slept. The force of the wave threw him across the boat’s inner cabin and resulted in a laceration to the head. Keith was able to stop the bleeding himself and with that in mind, decided to seek help at first light.
At approx. 7am local time Keith alerted a member of his team based in the UK via sat phone, who in turn alerted the Australian authorities.
Contact was made with the local radio operator in Geraldton and once it was established that there were no fishing boats in the area, contact was made with Kalbarri search and rescue.
Keith was too far offshore for Kalbarri search and rescue, so the matter was handed to Perth Water Police. Perth Water Police issued a Pan Pan and a passing container ship diverted and has now recovered Keith.
The ship is now en route to land with Keith on board.
Once he reaches land, Keith will be assessed and if necessary, will receive medical treatment.
An update will be issued on his condition at this stage.
Keith initially departed Geraldton on his challenge on May 7th. Since then, bad weather has hampered his progress and forced him to spend some time on the Abrohlos Islands, off the Western Australian coast, from where he departed on June 4th.