World Oceans Day

The unmatched, unrivalled, irreplaceable beauty of Ilulissat Icefjord © Barb Sligl
On World Oceans Day, I'm thinking of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord

World Oceans Day is just one day but it’s every day that the oceans sustain life, bring beauty, provide pathos. While aboard an Adventure Canada trip in the Arctic I was privileged to engage with the ocean on an almost primal level, atop and amidst its salty waters.

This bobbing about—for never have I felt more that I’m a mere minuscule of a molecule on this planet—culminated in Ilulissat Icefjord. Here, in Disko Bay on Greenland’s west coast, this corner of the Atlantic is quite simply magnificent.

I wrote about the experience of standing at the edge of this amazingness, but to be on the water circumnavigating icebergs rising high above while chunks of ice careen and wildly kerplunk into the placid bay around you and then…then…a pod of whales passes by. Slowly, almost demurely. Well, to witness this is a privilege and to protect it is a duty.

Today, on World Oceans Day, organizations like the WWF or World Wildlife Foundation and World Animal Protection are urging support (World Animal Protection will match donations on June 8, doubling any gift) but, really, every day is for appreciating our oceans—from taken-for-granted urban city coastlines to far-off glacier-choked fjords. Φ

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