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  • Season's Greetings 2015
    Archives Travel Philosophy Prints Limited Edition Prints Open Edition Prints Stock Profile About Me Photos for Sale Photos for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Home Journal Season s Greetings 2015 Season s Greetings 2015 Happy Holidays See in you 2016 Wednesday Dec 30 2015 Life Musings Comments by Tony Wu Read my Journal via Email Sign up for my Trip Newsletter View Links

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  • Highlights of 2015
    and Mr K was diagnosed with cancer It would be another five weeks before I returned to Japan During that time many things happened to Mr K His doctor told him that it would be necessary to remove most of his gastrointestinal system and that he would be bedridden and fed through a tube for the rest of his days For an active energetic man with boundless enthusiasm and curiosity like Mr K that was tantamount to a death sentence I learned of all this through email Even via that remote impersonal means of communication I could sense an absence of will to carry on By virtue of his natural charisma and position in life during his career Mr K has many friends That worked in his favour One of those friends insisted he get a second opinion He got Mr K in to see an oncologist who specialises in cancers of the gastrointestinal tract That doctor gave him an entirely different prognosis than the first Radiation chemo followed by surgery with possible additional radiation and or chemo after surgery high probability of tumors being eradicated All this I heard when I went to see him the moment I got back from the Arctic in July We talked We tried to laugh We paused We didn t cry though I suspect we probably should have As we parted ways that evening the only thing I could do was to wish him luck with the upcoming treatments and ask him to keep me informed I was off to Singapore South Africa and Tonga I wouldn t be back for nearly three months What I felt was the very definition of impotence Fast forward to now year end 2015 I just saw Mr K a few days ago We shared a toast

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  • Thoughts From Kyoto
    We weren t of course the only people around There were other visitors Many of them Thousands of tourists with flags and voices raised swarming through the city s well known areas Most however seemed oblivious to everything except where to stop to take photos of themselves The perfect illustration of this was a young couple at the famous Sanzen in in the Ohara area There is a stone figure at the temple that apparently dates back to the Kamakura period in Japanese history at least that s what a sign suggested We were strolling over for a look just approaching the figure A couple who appeared to be in their 20s rushed over nudged us aside pushed ahead turned around held out a selfie stick armed with phone raised their index and middle fingers in a peace sign said cheeeeeeeezzzzzzzuuuuuuu the Japanese pronounciation for cheese snapped a selfie checked selfie conferred repeated procedure three times oblivious to us and other annoyed people They left only after they were satisfied with one of their multiple attempts at perfecting the photographic masterpiece of themselves having never once actually looked at or appreciated the stone figure much less read about the history and context I swallowed my disgust turned away walked down the path to enjoy other things Moments later I pulled out my own phone and messaged a trusted friend in Australia one I carry on daily conversations with often about topics pertaining to the greater meaning of life In relating what had just transpired I realised that what I felt wasn t anger as much as pity Though the couple was a particularly stark example almost everyone else we came across during our walks around Kyoto behaved in a similar manner In other words rather than say walking through the

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
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    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/category/life/P10 (2016-04-26)
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  • Olive Ridley Turtle Entangled in Ghost Fishing Net
    and associated junk accumulated flotsam and jetsam meandering across the ocean a malevolent manmade mesh biding its time seeking out opportunities to ensnare unsuspecting marine life Left alone this turtle would most likely have died carapace and rear limbs lassoed by line her body baking in the hot sun until she literally cooked in her shell By sheer chance my friends and I came across the net and freed her I was concerned that she might panic and bolt after her ordeal so we stayed several metres away while Ron carefully cut lines one by one I felt it best to give her space and to be able to move quickly to avoid potential collision if she freaked out After we cut her loose though the turtle seemed calm She swam toward me directly into me a few times then under me then alongside I suspect her actions had less to do with friendliness and gratitude as it might be tempting to think and more to do with exhaustion weariness and disorientation In any event I stroked her shell as she regained her composure until she was finally able to summon enough strength to dive She was weak particularly her rear left flipper but she was able to descend beyond visible depth very slowly which was a positive sign I can t be sure what happened to her From her condition my guess is that she hadn t been entangled for too long perhaps a day or two I want really want to believe that she made it that she s swimming happily along now and that she s learned to stay away from our garbage Olive ridley turtle regaining her composure after being freed from net License image We weren t unfortunately able to remove the net The accumulated

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  • Using Hashtag floating death on Facebook for Ocean Garbage
    for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Home Journal Hashtag floatingdeath Hashtag floatingdeath Friends of mine in Thailand digitalay com have started sharing links and photos on Facebook of garbage in and around the ocean using the hashtag floatingdeath derived from the title of my previous blog post Share your photos of garbage in the oceans floatingdeath Now I m not naive enough to think a hashtag campaign on Facebook or any other social media platform will fix this problem but I do believe that more divers should be taking and sharing photos of the trash they come across We are the people who are fortunate enough to be on and in the ocean We re the ones who get to enjoy the beauty but we re also the people who are in the best position to shine a spotlight on the problem If not us then who So please consider pitching in Take photos of trash in the sea on beaches etc and post them to Facebook with the hashtag floatingdeath for more people to see Please share photos of garbage in and around the oceans with hashtag floatingdeath Monday Apr 7 2014

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  • Ghost Fishing Nets Killing Marine Life
    sapiens It s a net or rather it s what s left of a fishing net or nets along with lots of line twine burlap sacks fishing hooks plastic bottles buoys and an assortment of other non biodegradable junk It is as far as ghost fishing nets go a term used to describe discarded and or lost fishing gear like this that floats around the world choking entangling maiming and killing marine life along the way rather small Some migrant nets like this can be enormous Relatively diminutive though this composite of synthetic death may have been it was still lethal What s left of a fish Death by entanglement I started this year with a blog post about garbage in the seas see Lost and Found because I have just in my short lifetime watched the oceans go from beautiful and almost unspoiled to still very pretty but hideously scarred by millions upon millions of pieces of waste much of it comprising plastics and other long lived synthetic substances Worse the quantity of human generated detritus in the oceans seems to be exploding at an exponential pace There are a lot of problems facing the world so it s difficult to get public attention especially for out of sight out of mind issues like this Garbage is nowhere near as exciting or sexy a topic as sharks mantas pandas tigers and such But let s call a spade a spade Our collective garbage is killing the oceans everything in it and eventually us For all of you with cameras who are lucky enough to travel take photos and post them on Facebook and the like I challenge you to point your cameras at the ugliness you encounter as well to highlight it and make it an issue that can

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  • The Problem of Garbage in the Oceans
    s getting worse Much much worse The reasons are multiple many of them perhaps obvious More people on the planet More people in urban sprawls entirely disconnected from nature More people with access to disposable non biodegradeable goods More societies that glorify excessive wasteful consumption More people who don t think about consequences More people who simply don t care I realise that this problem like most that we face is complex and can t be solved simply by raising awareness Corruption and inefficiency for instance mean that many densely populated areas in developing countries have no trash disposal facilities Greed for instance means that cruise ships dump waste at sea while richer nations export their trash to less wealthy ones which then dump much of the rubbish after collecting fees from the richer countries for going through the pretence of processing said garbage Necessity for instance means that we will all continue using plastics for many things in our lives until there is a viable alternative But still I have witnessed exponential growth in garbage underwater floating on the ocean and washed up on even the most remote of beaches It s not a theoretical What if question it s more like D mn has this really happened in a single lifetime The thing is a majority of the world s people will never spend substantial time in or on the ocean so this problem is largely out of sight out of mind But ignoring this problem is probably one of the stupidest things mankind will ever do Everything that goes into the ocean comes back to us in some manner sooner or later Probably sooner Something to ponder in the new year Note If you d like to have a large copy of the above collage click this

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