Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ocean Blue

For me, the single most compelling draw to my homeland of Australia is the ocean.  The sparkling, blue, rolling ocean is my personal source of energy.  There is something in the salty sea air and the constant moving tides that bring my senses alive. It's a spiritual life-source for me, and a biological one for so many creatures.

Did you know that given Australia's age and predominantly dry climate, the coastal waters surrounding it are very low in nutrients? This means that even though Australia has the third-largest fishing area in the world, the fishing industry ranks 51st in the number of fish they catch.  Yet, because of this nutrient structure and vastness of ocean area, Australia yields some of the highest quality seafood in the world.

Australia's oceans are also affected by severe and extreme ocean weather phenomenon. Tropical cyclones or hurricanes in the north, to some of the roughest weather in the world south of the Island of Tasmania. It's probably why there are more than 6000 shipwrecks beneath the seas around Australia--a scuba-divers dream.

It's no secret that Australians are a nation of beach and sea lovers--it's a part of our everyday  lives.  Swimming is a national sport, as is lifesaving, surfing and sailing. Percentage-wise, we have one of the highest boat-owning and recreational fishing populations in the world.

It is also home to one of the worlds most remarkable and breathtaking gifts; the Great Barrier Reef. The largest coral reef in the world, with an abundance of marine life, the Barrier Reef is made up of over 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of tropical islands. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

It's also a fact that Australia has the most beautiful, sun-soaked, golden beaches in the world. If there is ever a place where my spirit comes to rest, where the depth of my very being is truly at home, it is beside the sea.

Now I'm off to the beach...thanks for checking in.  xx