To have, or not

The new Georgia Aquarium, touted as the world's largest opened this week, a gift from Home Depot's co-founder Bernie Marcus. The facility boasts 6 million gallon tank, housing over 100,000 live residents representing 500 species with research facilities, guided tours and underwater viewing corridors all created for the edification and appreciation of the citizens of Atlanta and their visitors.

The Aquarium has gathered rave reviews with media attention from around the world and promises to be a boon to Atlanta's tourism industry, a key element in this stately southern enclave already renowned for its gracious life style and erudite atmosphere.

There is another, more sinister side to the story however and one that too often is overlooked by CNN's herd mentality, the story behind the facade, the story of the animals. Two whale sharks measuring 15 feet and growing named Norton and Ralph who will in time grow to as much a 40 ft and 9000 lbs will live out their long lives in a "bottle" less than 270 feet long x 126 feet wide and 33 feet deep, roughly the equivalent of a human room measuring 36' x 17' x 6'. Whale sharks the largest fish in the world’s ocean are believed to range thousands miles a year as it navigates the ocean in search of plankton and mating grounds. The Georgia Aquarium is a confined existence indeed for such a nomadic species, one that we know so little about.

Aquariums like zoos are best described as little more than comfortable confinement and painful imprisonment at worst for countless species that we as humans have arbitrarily choosen to confine.

We know another facility, not as glossy or well funded but which has another agenda entirely. When it comes to the housing of marine creatures, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and rescue facility in Florida has, over the years, gained a well deserved reputation for rescuing and rehabilitating distressed marine animals. Those that can be safely returned to their native habitat are and those either too damaged or too frail will be kept in relative safety and comfort at the aquarium for the remainder of their natural lives. Earlier this year we had a chance to attend one of CMA's release events for a group of Loggerhead sea turtles this is the pictoral record of that day.

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Carnival of the Green

The first annual 'Carnival of the Green' starts this fall. From green blog to green zine the Carnival will be hosted each week by a different site. Like any carnival, we'll pull into town each Monday with a new 'greener' hosting the Carnival.You will be amazed and astounded by all the wondrous 'green' portents, alchemy and patent medicine shows; more green, sustainable and earth friendly wonder than your parents would ever allow.

Every Carnival will have a link to the previous and following Carnival hosts.
SUBMITTING POSTS, to submit Carnival shows for consideration (do not submit content - just a link to your post), please email carnivalofgreen@gmail.com with the link,or to HOST THE CARNIVAL, please email someone at mailto:cityhippy@gmail.com?subject=green or mailto:tips@triplepundit.com?subject=green


Nov 7th - City Hippy
Nov 14th - TriplePundit
Nov 21st - Sustainablog
Nov 28th - Great Green Goods

Dec 5th - The Greener Side
Dec 12th - Jen's Green Journal
Dec 19th - Dee's 'Dotes
Dec 26th - Season's greetings - no carnival - Ho Ho Ho!

Jan 2nd - Suhit Anantula
Jan 9th - Skye Creative
Jan 16th - Unplugged Living
Jan 23rd - The Ideal Bite
Jan 30th - Urban Eco

Feb 6th - Tree Hugger Mum
Feb 13th - Groovy Green
Feb 20th - Hip & Zen Pen
Feb 27th - The Naked Vegetarian

Mar 6th - EnviroPundit
Mar 13th - Dirty Greek
Mar 20th - BaloghBlog
Mar 27th - Greener Magazine

Apr 3rd - Green Thinkers
Apr 10th - Exuberant Pantaphobia
Apr 17th - Organic Authority
Apr 24th - The Evangelical Ecologist

May 1st - Spiral Visions
May 8th - Hippy Shopper
May 15th - Available
May 22nd - Available
May 29th - Animal Broadcast Network

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