Dolphin Connection Blog
Dolphin Connection Blog - December 201212/03/2012
One of the biggest marine conservation events to happen during Semo’s lifetime was the passing of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972, and if you’re good at math you’ve already realized the Act is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this Act was created “in response to increasing concerns among scientists and the public that significant declines in some species of marine mammals were caused by human activities. The Act established a national policy to prevent marine mammal species and population stocks from declining beyond the point where they ceased to be significant functioning elements of the ecosystems of which they are a part.” At the time, nowhere else in the world had a government made the conservation of healthy and stable ecosystems as important.
Throughout Semo’s life, he’s undoubtedly made quite a few people smile. He‘s likely been many people’s first dolphin encounter. He has certainly helped connect animal lovers to the oceans, made them aware of all the ways in which we depend on this incredible habitat, and how vitally important it is for us to work to conserve it.
So as 2012 comes to an end, a year that brought us the 40th anniversary of this historic Marine Mammal Protection Act, we thank Semo and other marine mammals like him who educate and inspire people every day. And we thank you, and people like you, who care enough to see the value in protecting our wildlife, our wild lands, and the beautiful planet we call home. From all of us here at Dolphin Connection, we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season full of love, laughter and dolphins!