Everyone believes on something/one greater than them, Whom/which they believe have powers, Powers to protect them, bless them, show them the way, among others. It's a good start. Everyone is dealing with something in their lives, Maybe similar or different to what you are dealing with, But experience will always be different, Though they can always relate to. "Placing yourself in their shoes" We use the phrase a lot while trying to empathize with others, It doesn't necessarily mean that we can be able to understand and comprehend what they are going through, But we are just offering a helping hand/shoulder to lean on/listening ear, Something to help reduce the pain and show we care. No matter how life turns out to you, We do have only one shot, Once you are dead, Nothing can be done. Pain is vital, Makes us strong and understanding, Failures and all bad things maybe be unfair, But they always serve some purpose. After all, no one is coming out alive from this planet.
Oysters are salt-water bivalve mollusks found in oceans/sea/brackish habitats. They belong to the ostreoidea family.
They can be consumed raw or cooked by humans. And some of them have pearl that is harvested to make decorative objects.
Types of Oysters
1. True Oysters
Comprises of the edible oysters.
Examples include belon oyster, Olympia oyster, pacific oysters, among others.
2. Pearl Oysters
As the names indicates, their translucent shells produce pearl.
Example include marine pinctada maxima. It is the largest pearl-bearing oyster.
3. Thorny Oysters
4. Saddle Oysters / Jingle shells
6. Dimydarian Oysters
7. Windowpane Oysters
How do Oysters feed?
Oysters are filter feeders by beating cilia over their gills. They are able to filter up to five liter of water within an hour.
The filtered food is moved to the mouth where digestion happens.
They mostly feed on the algae which if left untouched would lead to eutrophication. Hence the oyster feeding is importance to the checking of algae population.
They do also provide habitat to the other marine animals.
This makes oyster qualify as a keystone species. This is due to their great importance in the structure of the ecosystems where they are found.
Reproduction system for Oysters
Some of the oysters are able to produce both eggs and sperms. Hence can be able to fertilize its own eggs.
The ones with no sperms, the fertilization happens internally. Then the fertilized eggs are released into the water.
What do we call a group of oysters?
A group of oysters is commonly known as oyster reef or a bed.
They normally get attached at a surface and remain in that position.
Importance of Oysters in the ecosystem services
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“Am a result of unplanned teenage pregnancy with a mother who keeps reminding me how I ruined her life. She tried her best to abort me , unfortunately, she failed all the tree times. (I wish she succeed, I will not be here right now). She still has anger and bitter about the whole situation. She makes sure I know that. The father is not any better. He thinks am a curse to his wife too. Blames me for their problems and wish me death any minute we come across.
I was lucky to go to school by the help of grandparents. And I thought things will finally get better. But the “cool kids” won’t allow me that. I was their punching bag and a reason to laugh. Making all sort of jokes about me and making my life unbearable. I was too timid to fight for myself so I allow everything to happen hopelessly.
Campus was a little bit better. Maybe because I buried myself in books. Always reading and being alone. It was the only sure way I trusted of having peace. I never socialized so I never made any friends there. It was the only point in my life that I now realize had some peace. Unfortunately , it was three short years.
Adult life was not easy as I thought. Jobs were extremely difficult to get. Wrote hundreds of emails and letter requesting for an opportunity. But they kept declining and some even ignored them. I had to do something and get myself away from home. Since even food was a problem to be offered to me.
A new city with nothing and jobless. Slept on the streets for several days before landing a job as a cleaner in a small local hotel. You know how kitchens can be for a new comer in a big city. I was too broken and was at my very edge.
Tried committing suicides several times but only left me with bad injuries to take care of. Why didn’t they work. Maybe I did not have enough balls to end my life once and for all.
Years went by and got several promotion in the hotel. But still earned peanut salary. Life was hard and I no longer believed in myself. I was just surviving rather than living. I didn’t care much about anything. Waiting for one day to sleep and never wake up.
Then there was this guy. He seem not to get it. He bothered me and insisted that I give him a chance. Until to-date, I still wonder what he saw in me or he saw a damaged good to easily manage. I had nothing to lose or hope for. And the body too needed something. So I gave in.
It was one of the “best decision” decision that I have ever made. He was a man of many women and it didn’t take long before he infected me with HIV/AIDS. Now death had no excuse to deny me. It is now my sure way to my death. So I didn’t bother to take any medical plans and healthy lifestyle. I need to die and here was my chance finally.
I no longer needed him so I packed my stuff and disappeared. Quit my job and went a place to wait for my death. As much it’s really taking long, I know I will dead soon. I have nothing to live for or lose. And I have no impact on anyone. So when I hear all the encouraging conversations of hope, I giggle and wonder. Do you really understand me?
Please don’t say you understand unless you REALLY do.”
I cried throughout as I read her email. I totally agree that I don’t understand her situation nor have a good reason to help change her mind. But she must be a very strong woman yet to realize her strength.
All I could do was reply with a request for her to allow me visit her in person.
Sea urchins are marine creatures. They are echinoderms and belong to the class of Echinoidea. And can be found in the floor of oceans. They prefer areas with coral reef for safety measures.
Sea urchin have more than 100 known species. Which are different in sizes, color and shapes. But mainly in round to oval body shapes. Most of them are red, green, brown, purple or black.
Sample species of sea urchin include:
- Slate pencil urchin
- Caribbean sea urchin
- Sea potato
- Purple sea urchin
- Red sea urchin (longest living)
Their bodies are covered by both spikes and hard shell. The ones with longer spikes are the dangerous one. They have no bones.
For you to be able to tell between a female and male. You need a closer microscopic viewing. Or by observing reproduction.
The spikes are used for:
Some species of sea urchin have spikes containing venom. Hence giving deadly sting to anyone going near them.
Sea urchin have 5 paired tube feet that have suckers at the bottom. The suckers help in movements, hunting and sticking on surfaces.
Their mouth is located at the center of its body’s underside. And comprises of five tooth-like plates. While the anus is located at the top of its body.
Sea urchin primarily feed on the algae. They do feed on sessile (immobile) or slow-moving animals occasionally as well as dead fish. Hence they are omnivores just like humans.
Sea urchin observe external fertilization. Whereby the female lay eggs and the male spread sperms on them.
Sea urchin are considered a delicacy in some countries. They are also hunted by crabs, birds, sea otter, among others.
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Passion is everything. It can help you understand something very well more than someone who had to under education program.
The sun was very hot, very normal for people living in Mombasa. As we made our way to the beach, it was already full despite being a week day.
People are quickly appreciating importance of having holidays and relax from their very busy day jobs. Many of the people here came as families.
It was really impressive to see parents and their children enjoying themselves at the beach. One of the families really caught my attention. Their dad was so funny and lively. He lied down and his wife together with their kids applied the sand all over his body. They covered almost every inch of his body, including his face. He was a big guy with a big tummy. But that seemed not to stop him from having fun.
They were happy to do it to their dad and didn’t stop laughing. It was hilarious. This motivated the other dad’s to request same from their family. The beach looked funny.
We decided to have a ride into the marine park before joining the fun. Several guys approached to offer boat ride services. One of them stood up. He was very persuasive and we decided to take his offer.
He knew the ocean like the back of his hand. From the different parts of the ocean to the different animals. He was a great swimmer and diver. With no equipment but just a pair of shorts.
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