Coming up for air

Apr 10, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Environment, International  //  No Comments

A Green Turtle comes up for air in the Maldives before disappearing back to the reef where its shell camoflages it perfectly. Watch out the grunting noise as it dives! Like other sea turtles, Green Turtles migrate long distances between their feeding  grounds and hatching beaches. The Green Turtle is listed as endangered despite being one of the most widespread turtle species in the world and found throughout tropical and subtropical waters. In 2003 one was even stranded on the west coast of Guernsey although sightings in Britian remain extremely rare.  YouTube Preview Image

Sharks in the shallows

Apr 8, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Environment, International  //  No Comments

At this time of year the shallow waters and lagoons around the Maldives are home to numerous baby Black Tipped Reef Sharks. They swim up and down harrying the schools of young fish which are grouped en masse for protection. To put the predators off the group splits as a shark approaches becoming a spiralling and constantly moving ball of tightly packed bodies. The shark in turn is confused and finds it difficult to pick out a victim. On the other hand the Grey Heron and Jack Fish, the other main predators, have no such problems and charge at the fish causing mayhem. In their desperation to escape many of the young fish literally throw themselves out of the water, causing the surface to  ‘fry’, which then makes them an easy meal for the waiting sharks. In this way the predators in the shallows work in unison to corner and devour their prey.

Maldives one of the 7 wonders of nature

Apr 8, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Environment, International  //  No Comments

I’m in the Maldives for a week to promote the islands as one of the new 7 wonders of nature. Its a global marketing competition designed to encourage people to vote for the 7 best places in the world for biodiversity. The vote will be on 11 November 2011. It follows on from a competition in 2007 to find the new 7 wonders of the world in which over 100 milion people voted. The Maldives is one of 28 finalists who include Komodo National Park, the Amazon and Table Mountain in South Africa so they’ve got some stiff competition. I think they should be one of the new 7 wonders of nature  because their underwater reefs and coral gardens are the best in the world and because with rising sea levels they may not be here in three generations time so we need to recognise them while we can.


Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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