Hello Quizzers,

We are back with a new edition of the Wild Wisdom Prep Series:
Coasts of Our Planet

Participate in this quiz and get your name featured in our next Newsletter!
Winners of our last Quiz:

1. Divyam Jain, Class 4, Athenia High School, Saharanpur
2. Apoorva Jha, Class 7, Sagar Public School, Rohit Nagar, Bhopal
3. Aayush Arpit, Class 6, St. Michaels High School, Patna
4. Sahana D, Class 7, Kola Perumal Chetty Vaishnav Senior Secondary School, Chennai

Coasts of Our Planet
Our planet's coastal seas are a rich community of plants and animals working together, all of which are vital to the health of our planet and humanity.The region of the ocean that you can see from shore is the coastal or marine biome.

Because this biome is found at the edges of the land, the coastal biome exists on every continent and in every climate. There is a wide range of habitats along the coast like coral reefs, kelp forests, river estuaries, sea grass meadows, and salt marshes. Did you know that coastal seas count for 7% of our ocean, yet they are responsible for 95% of the world's marine production - these are our planet's fishing grounds! Despite their importance to humanity, only a few are protected.

Get ready to explore more interesting facts about this biome as we dive into the latest edition of Wisdom Nuggets, Coasts of Our Planet!

WWF WWQ 2020

Did you know that healthy coastal areas provide protection to humans and habitats on land! Yes, it acts as a barrier, standing in the way of large waves and storms blowing in from the open ocean. Without these barrier islands, cities by the ocean would be flooded when large storms pass through.
Watch this video and find out from Sir David Attenborough how we can keep our oceans safe and flourish the fish populations in a few years from now. Gear up to answer questions in our fun quiz segment InQUIZitive!

Did you know that this biome produces 90% of the wild fish we eat!

Dive into this biome use the explorable Our Planet globe and find out about the challenges this biome is facing, how resilient these seas can be and what is being done to protect them. Spend some time and spin the globe to locate Chapter 1 'Where We Fish'.
Then, read through Chapter Chapter 11 carefully. Remember to click the play buttons on the globe or the 'See More' buttons to reveal extra content to help you collect more detailed information and examples.

Now, think about why "Overfishing" is happening in our seas and why it is a problem. Include the statistics in your answer.
Can you take a guess!?

Look at the image on your left and identify the species of this turtle found at the coasts.

This turtle is the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles. Males and females grow to the same size; however, females have a slightly more rounded carapace.
Hint: It has a heart-shaped, olive green coloured carapace which gives it the name!

(Answer to edition 3 of Wisdom Nuggets: The Chinar, the Oriental (Eastern) Plane tree, Platanus orientalis. It is also called as Buen or Booyn in Kashmiri language.It is seen as a symbol for the region, and a part of its soul. Read this article to know more about this majestic tree.)

Are you all set to take the quiz and gear up for the Wild Wisdom Quiz 2020!? Take this preparatory pop quiz and test your knowledge about the coastal seas.
There are small changes we can make right now in our everyday lives. When we all come together to make these changes, they can make a big difference. What can you do to help save our coasts? Here are a few actions you can take:

  1. Change what you eat - Eating a healthy diet with less meat and more plant-based foods, reducing food waste, and only buying fish from sustainable sources can all help to protect our planet.
  2. Be energy-efficient - Yes, your simple acts like turning off the lights and TV when not in use and driving your car less can also help save our marine life, specially Arctic marine mammals. In simple words, by becoming energy-efficient, you will use less energy and lessen the global warming resulting in less melting of ice in the Arctic.
  3. Monitor your carbon footprint - Ocean acidification increases with increasing global warming. Monitor and lessen your carbon footprint and help save marine biome miles from your home.
  4. Change how you use - Understand the link between your consumption and waste in nature. Weigh up how much time you spend using a product against the time it spends in nature once discarded. For example, calculate for how many days do you use a plastic bag and compare it with how much time does it take to decompose (approximately 1000 years!).

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