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After watching EARTHLINGS, I've seen it all and can't bare to watch any more of these horror videos. I have since sworn off buying anything new in leather, and have never purchased anything that had any animal fur. It's amazing what nice looking shoes and boots you can now buy that are not made with any animal skin. 'Pleather' biker style jackets are just as stylish as the leather ones... My daughter just got one that she adores. I'm not convinced that wearing look alike leather or artificial fur articles is necessarily a good choice either, but still it's so much better to know that no animal suffered and died for a piece of clothing I wear.
I'm ok with wearing recycled petro-chemical fabrics but mostly non animal sources of fabrics are petro-chemical in nature. The petro-chemical industry and lifestyle do more harm to wildlife and wild spaces than any other technology.
The ultimate solution is this conundrum is the first R of the old triple RRR eco mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Our society as become "recycle" obsessed and has completely forgotten that the other two Rs were the priority. Leather garments of the essential kind (as opposed to exotic and vanity products), such as super warm winter mittens and protective (in case of accident) and weather and wear resistance of "sport" leather contribute to LESS consumerism, which in turns means less degradation of nature. Most people I know who wear leather jackets keep them for 15-20 years and over. Leather shoes will also last for decades as opposed to Payless's fake leather shoes.
In addition there is mounting scientific evidence demonstrating negative effects of petro-chemical garments and bedding on our health.
To me this debate is not one-sided. Our political choices often have unforeseeable effects and we must learn to recognise them. I used to be against ALL use of leather and fur, for most of my life. I know all the arguments, but my recently conclusions have come from additional lateral thinking on the matter.
Sea Lion Hunts Down An Octopus In Never-Before-Seen Footage (VIDEO)
First Posted: 04-12-10 11:07 AM
You've definitely never seen anything like this. National Geographic's new Crittercam caught some amazing footage of an Australian sea lion hunting down and eating a large octopus, an act that has never been committed to film before.
The Crittercam is a project that is in part meant to shed light on the behavior and eating habits of the endangered sea lion, in order to know better how to help them. Sea lions fitted with a GPS tracker and the Crittercam take scientists to unseen marine hotspots, showing them where and how they feed, and their behavior in those locales. This ensures that scientists know how to protect their habitats.
In an unexpected, dramatic moment, the Crittercam captured this gem of footage. WATCH a sea lion hunt down an octopus:
Very interesting that they don't eat pelagic fish. I wonder how many species of seal this is true for? I like the contrast/juxtaposition of this video with the California seal hunt news bit from last week, poses more questions.
Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement -- and his fears -- about the blue heart of our planet.
About Mike deGruy
Mike deGruy has been filming in and on the ocean for three decades. He’s almost as famous for his storytelling as he is for his glorious, intimate visions of the sea and the creatures who live in it.
Why you should listen to him:
Mike deGruy was a graduate student in marine biology when he first picked up a 16mm film camera. Thirty-plus years on, his company, the Film Crew Inc., travels the oceans making underwater films for the BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He’s dived beneath both poles and visited the hydrothermal vents in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. And as you can imagine, he has collected many stories along the way.
An accomplished diver and underwater cinematographer, deGruy has also become a go-to host and expedition member on shows like the recent Mysteries of the Shark Coast with Céline Cousteau and Richard Fitzpatrick. (He’s a regular on Shark Week -- and a shark attack survivor himelf.) But his first passion is cephalopods, and in fact DeGruy and his team were the first to film two rarely seen cephalopods, the nautilus and the vampire squid, in their home ocean.