Since its creation 4 years ago, the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) has already successfully developed large and important marine reserves across the world and its overall aim is the effective protection of 10% of the world's oceans by 2020. They have now launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds and awareness around their 3 next projects - one of which concerns the protection of Ascension Island's unique biodiversity.
British scientists have in fact discovered a unique marine ecosystem on Ascension and BLUE wants to help fund a new offshore survey to uncover the mysteries around the island's underwater world and consequently identify what needs to be done to protect it.
Personally I'll never forget an evening when I was on board the Royal Mail Ship waiting to sail to St Helena - the RAF flight from the UK had been delayed. Now if that had been tourists it would have been just too bad but, because they were Government people, everyone else had to wait (!). I was standing on deck and all of a sudden there was a bit of a commotion in the sea which turned out to be a school of dolphins chasing flying fish. The poor old flying fish were in a panic because they'd take off to get away from the dolphins and either crash into the side of the ship or land on the deck below. Poor wee things. They are absolutely beautiful creatures and look silvery in the light but this photo taken by Will Wagstaff shows them to be anything but - see what I mean.