Are recently found, ocean floor bacterial networks, acting as one super-organism?
Some researchers believe that bacteria in ocean sediments are connected by a network of microbial nanowires. These fine protein filaments could shuttle
electrons back and forth, allowing communities of bacteria to act as one giant super-organism.
In James Cameron’s movie Avatar, the inhabitants, the Na'vi people of Pandora, plug themselves into a neural network that links to all the elements of
Pandora’s biosphere, from phosphorescent plants to pterodactyl-like birds. It turns out that Pandora's interconnected ecosystem may have a parallel
back here on our planet: sulphur-eating bacteria that live in muddy sediments beneath the ocean floor, as a tightly coupled living mat or network.
Going back 4 billion years where bacteria have been living in the ocean and creating the conditions for life to prosper on our planet – evolving the conditions
for multi cellular life to eventually we humans.
There is emerging evidence that bacteria in the oceans form massive mats connected with things called nanowires. These nanowires allow the bacteria to
breathe externally from their bodies – so it is collective breathing – and that they could be connecting as a neural network – so it is possible that
the ocean floor is a vast neural network or ocean mind, with deep thought – 10,000 years of thought process that we humans may only take a couple of
seconds to grok. What kind of thoughts might the ocean be having?
We are finding out that we live on a planet that is alive and that the ocean is a living being.
Hence, James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory that our planet is gigantic super living organism.
Here is the original Our Planet description posted on the world wide web in 1996: http://www.ourplanet.org/original-site/gaia.html.
It’s only in the last 60 years has man created the tools to look around underwater – with masks, oxygen tanks and more lately bathyspheres.
As we become more sensitive and knowing, immersing ourselves into the sea and becoming one with the marine environment and ecology - makes it possible
to dissolve into a greater knowing of the ocean - to osmotically take in information.
To address the big oceanic issues, in Glenn’s opinion - it’s about addressing our own personal relationship.
Western civilisation including we here in NZ have over the years become more distant and separated from nature. We have in numerous ways become disengaged
from natural processes and from our planet as a whole.
Note NCEA -the National Certificate of Educational Achievement in high schools in NZ that they do not teach ecology. It is not part of the curriculum.
Thus students are leaving school not realising that they are an intrinsic part of the web of life within the biosphere. Now we know why the young are
disconnected – they are being deliberately severed from our planet. Whereas Maori children in many cases intuitively understand they are an extension
of Papatuanuku, our planet.
This interview covers:
The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently passing a resolution to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 At this meeting 129 countries
or 89% said yes – and signed. But 29 countries said NO. And 35 abstained from voting. Note that ‘Clean Green’ NZ was one of the countries that abstained.
That NZ could not in this time of declining fisheries and in an ecologically challenged world, mindfully look at this important 30% protection, particularly
for our children and grandchildren’s future, gives us cause for concern
Yet, in Antarctica 24 countries and the European Union agreed to protect 1.5 million square kilometres of the Ross Sea - the largest marine protected area
on our planet, so far. 1 million square ks will be a ‘no take’ marine reserve. This is worth celebrating. Yet it is set to expire in 35 years time.
The NZ administered Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will be possibly the 4th largest protected marine reserve on earth. Covering 620,000 square kilometres, and
the most significant of a fully protected area. It will be 35 times larger than the combined area of all of New Zealand’s existing 44 marine reserves.
The following activities will be prohibited in the sanctuary:
- commercial fishing and aquaculture
- recreational fishing
- fishing-related tourism
- oil, gas and mineral prospecting, exploration and mining.
This is similar to prohibitions in place in marine reserves in our NZ territorial sea.
Challenges to our Oceans
Military testing sonar and microwave tech, even passing through some of these reserves! Plus electromagnetic energy that ships emit. These have been correlated
to whale strandings and more science is needed?
Covering Professor Daniel Pauly of Canada – who says that there is no fishery on our planet that we could consider as sustainable. In 2004 he came to NZ
and mentioned that we need to lock up 25% of our fishing grounds so as to rebuild up our fish stocks. He was criticised vehemently by commercial fishing
interests here in NZ, but remains focused and undeterred.
In NZ, DOC, the Department of Conservation care for many offshore islands that are prohibited for humans to land on and they could in turn be extended
to include fishing reserves around each island. So as to build up fish colonies again and create a “no take” marine reserve.
The ancient Hawaiians had an understanding that from the mountain top, down the valleys onto the beach into the water to the reef and out beyond the reef
as one living holistic system. They did not partition nature.
Loss of NZ’s Endangered Maui Dolphin?
There is a belief with ocean ecologists that we are going to lose the Maui dolphins to extinction, because the NZ Government has no will to change the
current situation. (34 minutes into the interview ) cut out before we email). Possibly only 44 are alive today.
They are found along the West Coast of the central North Island from Northern Taranaki in the South to Northland, just South of Opononi. In June 2014,
the government decided to open up 3000 km2 of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary – the main habitat of the Maui's dolphin – for oil drilling. This amounts to one-quarter
of the total sanctuary area. In May 2015, estimates suggested that the population had declined to 43-47 individuals, of which only 10 were mature females.
Set netting in particular is seen as very problematic.
The Maui dolphin is becoming a very charged emotional issue in NZ as it appears
that we could lose them whilst on our watch, possibly by 2025 or 2030. In a country that brands itself as Clean & Green, if we lose the Maui’s
dolphin this will be a disaster from the standpoint of lack of mindfulness and the precautionary principle. To add insult to this loss it would affect
the Maori people, as it will be a slap in their collective face, as their oral history tells of the God Maui, fishing up the North Island (Te Ika O
Maui) out of the sea. This loss would be devastating for both Maori and New Zealanders as a whole.
Government Changing the Rules.
At present the NZ Government is taking away from DOC, the Department of Conservation many decision making processes and handing them over to the Department
of Primary Industries, because DPI is more of a commercial concern, based around monetary policies. This is where the government, our elected political
servants are taking their own Agenda.
We as a people, need to instruct our government to do our bidding to enable 10% of our coastline to be designated as marine reserves and become far more
Here in Aotearoa NZ the Te Urewera Park and the Whanganui River have been designated as having special privileges and rights. This was Government sanctioned
and is an exceptionally visionary policy. If it can be done on the land (whenua) then it can be accomplished on the ocean (moana).
New Zealand Government Acknowledges a River as a Living Entity and a Park as Having Human Rights!
Whales and Dolphin communication. By acoustics and sonar is covered. The www. - World Whale Web of Sperm whales connecting by clicks at deep ocean levels
across the Pacific and deep levels.
Telepathy and possibilities of instant connection with large brain mammals?
Changing and cleaning up our oceans and our possible future.
We once had pristine oceans? Prior to the 17th century.
Will we (among our numerous and mounting challenges) realise our connection to the planet that loans us bodies, free air, free water and a free food chain?
As oceans bear the brunt of wastewater, from our homes and from sinks and bathtubs, to pipes, drains, creeks, streams and rivers all eventually find their
way to the ocean. One way or another.
As we humans are composed of around 70% water and our bloodstream is about 3.5% salt - why have humans disconnected from our oceans? When in NZ the bulk
of NZers are only 100 kilometres or less from the ocean.
Today, ocean plastic is outnumbering plankton 6 to one. That is correct - In certain areas of the ocean, specifically the subtropical gyres, micro plastic
pieces outnumber plankton by 6 to 1. In other words, for every individual plankton there are 6 pieces of micro-plastic (micro-plastic being any plastic
fragment smaller than 2 mm in diameter).
Micro plastic can now be found in every part of the Ocean, even in Antarctica, and on the ocean floor.
The majority has already sunk below the surface and out of our reach the only answer to stop this plastic onslaught from continuing is to stop putting
plastic into the ocean.
Most of today’s challenges are extremely recent - especially in the last 70 years exponential acceleration and has grown across the whole realm of industry
from products to pollution has escalated and the ocean is taking this all in. Including the nuclear radiation from Fukushima in Japan, that the world’s
media and scientists remain tight lipped about.
Humanity has much to do in a very small window of time. The imperative is to connect with other people in your locality and voice your needs to commit
Write letters and phone you local MP and speak to them, either on the phone but better still with a small delegation of 4 or 5 of you and your friends.
Let your Member of Parliament know your vote counts.
Glens web site: http://www.oceanspirit.org
This Sunday 6th of November - from 2pm to 4 pm is a public meeting fundraiser – plus highly educational presentations at Long Bay Marine Reserve Auckland
at the Sir Peter Blake centre- Dr Roger Grace marine ecologist. Plus, Steve Hathaway – world renowned cameraman and filmmaker will be giving presentations.
Okura Marine Reserve – a local situation – With a large land area being owned by Todd Property this is putting at risk of despoiling the whole marine area
with Todd wanting to add 750 to 1000 new houses.
This development and the accompanying soil runoff is smothering the unique sponges and marine life in the Okura Marine Reserve. Already the water is already
running brown, due to minor housing developments in the area.
These filter feeders are some of the oldest organisms on earth. They filter and clean up the seawater and have been living in the Okura marine reserve
for eons. Todd Property with their vast financial fire power – ex Todd oil, the richest family in NZ – Are wanting to develop this land at any costs.
The fundraising function this Sunday at Long Bay calls on the Auckland City Council to halt this land grab and the despoiling of this unique localised
This has come about, despite the Environmental Protection Agency stating 10 years ago there was to be no property development there. However, Todd with
huge treasure chests of money and many lawyers are now fighting this restriction and taking this to court. With high powered lawyers they are setting
out to defeat ‘we the people’, under the rubric ‘Money Rules.’
Evolution is indeed speeding up.
But it is not really being seen in the outer macro world in physical changes of the biota, namely new animals emerging into being or new vegetation in
the form of …– trees coming into existence – however it is doing so on the micro levels as we witness either new mutations of viruses and bacterial
as well as how they adapt and become resistant to mans attempt to curtail and destroy them.
With new species of virus pushing their way into the collective consciousness we hear of the Kauri tree die back virus bird flu or swine flu and now Zika
– yet even though these micro organism are here, there is also a rapid speeding up of the inner workings of the human organism i the inner realms of
our mind as humanity wakes up and recognises that there are metaphysical implications of realising that we are cosmic beings experiencing what is to
live on a planet that is in transition – where we are going depends on us – all of us as we divine a way to live within the web of life that embraces
our planet as well as how we adopt a spirit of mindfulness that holistically connect us to the greater organism that is mother earth.
These next few years into 2020 are going to lead to a tipping point for the future of the human race – we are depending on you dear listener and all it
may require is a change of heart.