Welcome to the first Ocean Talk Friday of 2018. I am pleased to be joined by Melissa Marquez to provide our opinions on this weeks articles about banning plastic straws in the UK and how a type of shark is eating seagrass.
Environmentalists Back Organization’s Push For Plastic Straw Ban
Plastic straws tend to be the most common items found along the beaches of the UK and people are sick of them, especially in the United Kingdom. Global culture seems to have accepted the fact that plastic straws should be added to every drink in a restaurant or wherever drinks are served. It is rare to find a restaurant in the world that does not add a straw in your drink without you even asking. And why do we need straws?
I assume it is because of sanitary reasons. People do not want to drink from glasses that many others have had a drink from the same glass; however, those glasses have been through industrial-style dishwashers that kill any sort of germ possible through soap and extreme heat (ask anyone who has worked in a restaurant about unloading the dishwasher…it gets hot!!!). There is no need to have a straw in a drink for the majority of the population.
Melissa and I chat about how ridiculous it is that we have to ask for no straws in restaurants. We also chat about the alternatives to straws and how there are some exceptions to the rule of people who need straws and how to address it.
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Bonnethead Sharks Found To Eat And Digest Seagrass
Are Bonnethead sharks becoming vegetarian to help reduce Climate Change? Likely not! However, researchers in California has found that Bonnethead sharks have developed a special enzyme to help breakdown seagrass as a legitimate food supply.
The shark typically feeds within seagrass habitats to find small fish and invertebrates that are hiding within the blades of seagrass. It is safe to assume that the sharks ingest seagrass as they attempt to catch their prey. Their ability to digest seagrass for nutritional value must be an evolutionary adaptation that allows the sharks to take advantage of their collateral damage while hunting their prey.
Scientists discovered a special enzyme that helps the sharks to digest the fibrous seagrass as it would be difficult to digest the material with their short intestines. The enzyme breaks down the seagrass and the nutrients are absorbed into their bodies.
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