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The Online Magazine for Sustainable Seas
November 1998 Vol. 1 No. 11

                    What is a Sea Squirt?

Simple things you can do to help save the environment








  • Conservation is not the sole responsibility of government. Every one of us must do his or her share in ensuring that the environment is adequately protected.

  • Be aware of environmental laws and follow them.

  • Reuse materials to reduce waste.

  • Use recycled paper so fewer trees need to be cut to manufacture paper.

  • Throw garbage in trash cans and avoid littering the beaches. This practice not only eliminates "eyesores" but also prevents water pollution and damage to the marine environment. Plastics which find their way into the sea could suffocate marine animals.

  • Avoid stepping on corals. It takes several years for most coral species to grow an inch.

  • Do not catch endangered species (turtles, birds, etc.) or harm them in any way.

  • Do not patronize or buy products made out of turtle shell, seashells and similar products from endangered species.

  • Do not gather live coral and shells.

  • Report violations of environmental and fishery laws.

  • Participate in activities and projects that help protect the environment.

  • Join the I Love the Ocean Movement! Contact the following organizations for more information:

    Metro Manila: Bantay Kalikasan, 9255555, 9253333, 4119139

    Cebu: CRMP/Blue Seas, 2321821, 2321822

    Davao: Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (fax) 2264433

    Palawan: Bandillo ng Palawan, 4342882

    Negros Oriental: Commission on Youth,

    Dumaguete City


What is a Sea Squirt?

Sea squirts are marine organisms belonging to the family Ascidiaceae. Though seldom noticed or distinguished by casual divers and snorkelers, they are highly interesting and important. They are diverse and colorful, and inhabit all types of marine habitats. They filter bacteria from seawater and can store heavy metals in their tunic (a flexible external covering or 'exoskeleton'). A number of important products have been identified in sea squirts, making these organisms a good candidate for discovery of potential medicinal compounds from the sea.

Children Speak!

This page is for you. If you have any poetry, artwork, photos, comments, experiences about the sea, news, suggestions, questions -- anything at all that you would like to say about our ocean -- send it to and we'll post them on this page. Don't forget to tell us a bit about yourself (your name, age, the name of your town or city and the name of your country).

Adults who write for children are most welcome too!


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