Oceans ‘dying very quickly’

July 22, 2011 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article.  See http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1420451

Oceans ‘dying very quickly’

July 2, 2011

Derek Hatfield has noticed drastic changes in world’s water bodies during long-distance races

by Chris Morris, Times & Transcript Staff

Derek Hatfield has always known about the loneliness of the long-distance sailor, but he’s never felt as alone as he does these days when racing over the vast, empty expanses of our dying oceans.

Hatfield recently completed his second successful race around the world, sprinting to a third place finish in the grueling VELUX 5 Oceans competition, a solo round-the-world ocean race that is held every four years.

But the last eight months have been an eye-opener for the New Brunswick-born sailor when it comes to the state of the world’s oceans.

Streaking across the open waters in a sleek, 60-foot yacht that affords him a unique, close-up view of marine life, he has been troubled by what he is not seeing.

“You don’t see the fish, you don’t see the turtles, you don’t see the birds,” Hatfield said in an interview from Nova Scotia, where he now lives.

“Along the coast you will see the odd humpback whale but it is getting more and more rare. Last year I did a transatlantic race and I didn’t see one whale in the whole 15 days of racing across the North Atlantic. Not one whale! . . . The oceans are dying and they’re dying very quickly.”

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