Finished Second Artwork of Malcolm X Shabazz High School Students’ Peace Comments

Ing’s Peace Project

Finished Second Artwork of

Malcolm X Shabazz High School Students’ Peace Comments (Poster 1 and 3)

Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Malcolm X Shabazz High School Students’ Peace Comments poster 1

Malcolm X Shabazz High School Students’ Peace Comments poster 3 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receiving Noble Peace prize Medal

If I were a Mermaid

If I were a Mermaid

I would swim all over the sea

The Pacific Ocean I would like to see

It is the largest ocean

Of the five oceans of the world

 

But if I see the sharks

I would hide under the seaweed near me

 

I would stop at the ports of

Bangkok, Thailand

ShangHai Hong Kong, China

Kao-hsiung, Taiwan

Manila, Philippines

Pusan, South Korean

Singapore,

Sydney, Australia

Vladivostok, Russia

Welington, New Zealand

Yokohama, Japan

These are ports

On the Eastern side of the Pacific Ocean perimeter

I would visit the US ports of

 Los Angeles, San Francisco

And swim up to Seattle

I would swim to Queensland Australia

To see the world’s largest coral reefs

I must visit the Great Barrier Reef

That is full of living creatures that I can enjoy

Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoise

The dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin,

And the humpback whale

The large populations of dugongs

The clown-fish, red bass, red-throat emperor

Snapper and coral trout and other 1,500 kind of fish

Swimming happily in the Pacific Ocean

Seventeen species of sea snake

And turtles

YES, six species of sea Turtle

The green sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle,

hawksbill turtle, loggerhead sea turtle,

flatback turtle, and the olive ridley

The dugongs and turtles love sea grass

Fifteen species of sea grass in beds

That also provides fish with an excellence habitat

Stingray,skates or chimaera

And 125 species of shark

Live merrily in the Great Barrier Reef

Giant clam and various nudibranchs

And cone snails

Close to 5,000 species of molluse

Forty-nine species of pipefish

And nine species of seahorse have been recorded

At least seven species of frog inhabit the islands

Two hundred fifteen species of birds

Twenty two species of seabirds

Thirty two species of shorebirds

Visit the reef including the white-bellied sea eagle

And roseate tern most nesting sites are on islands

1.4 to 1.7 million birds using the sites to breed

 

The Great Barrier Reef supports 2,195 known plant species;

Three of these are endemic.

The northern islands have 300–350 plant species which tend to be woody,

Whereas the southern islands have 200 most of them are herbaceous;

The Whitsunday region is the most diverse, supporting 1,141 species.

The plants are propagated by birds that live near by

I would swim to visit the Eastern Pacific Gray Whales

That travel between feeding and breeding grounds each year

Along the west coast of North America

I would observe the Gray Whales

Along the California coastline

Beginning in the Bering and Chukchi seas

And ending in the warm-water lagoons of Mexico’s Baja peninsula,

Their round trip journey completes over 12,000 miles.

As ice forms in the arctic

Gray Whales begin their journey south.

By mid-December to early January

The majority of the Gray Whales are usually found

Between Monterey and San Diego

Where they are often seen from shore

By late December to early January

The first of the Gray Whales

Begin to arrive to the calving lagoons of Baja.

The pregnant mothers are the first whales to arrive

Looking for the protection of the lagoons

And giving birth to their calves

I see young calves, born early

Swimming with their mothers off southern California

By mid-February to mid-March

Most of Gray Whales have arrived in the lagoons

Including those calves born along the way

The lagoons are filled with nursing

Calving, and mating Gray Whales

Throughout February and March

The males Gray Whales are the first to leave the lagoons

And females without calves

Once they have mated

They will begin the expedition back north

To their cold water summer feeding grounds

Where food is bountiful

Gray whales are the only baleen whales

Feeding along the bottom of the seafloor

Scooping up large mouthfuls of sediment

And straining small invertebrates through their baleen

Pregnant females and nursing mothers

With their newborn calves are the last to leave the lagoons.

They leave only when their calves are ready for the journey

Usually from late March to mid-April

The only predators of adult Gray Whales are humans and Orcas.

After the California Gray Whales’ breeding grounds were discovered

In 1857, they were hunted to near extinction in these lagoons.

With the marked decline in Gray Whale numbers

Whaling was discontinued on this species
Gray Whales, along with other whale species

Have been granted protection from commercial hunting

By the International Whaling Commission (IWC) since 1946

Gladly the Gray Whale is a conservation success story
Through protection in Mexico’s lagoons

The Gray Whale population has recovered

They have been removed from the Endangered Species List.

Their population along the East Pacific is estimated

To be near 25,000 animals

 

I love to see a new born calf

Weighing about one ton, 15 feet long

Swimming by its mother weighs 36 tons

And a length about 46 feet long

Some times the young one is very playful

Swimming around the mother

Mother touches the calf gently with her fin

Mother’s rich milk helps the young one

Grow faster

It is fun for the calf to swim with mother

To the surface to breath

Every three minutes to catch the air

The image of mother and calf relationship

Is a treasure that everyone should see

I want my grandchild and every one’s grandchild

Have a chance to see this precious scene

Let us take care of and preserve the ocean

Let us be a generation

That cures the ills from the past

Let us not dump toxic waste in the sea

Clean our beaches of litter everywhere

Let us be proud of nature

 

This is one of Malcolm X Shabazz

Student’s Peace comments

 

“Peace is where there’s no Violence

And everyone get along

And communicate with each other

Without violence”

 

I agree

But we need to apply the same message

To animals on land and sea alike

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

World Ocean

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