The Block Island Times

Growth Industry

By Sarah Nahabedian | Jul 25, 2013
Photo by: Ryan Rezendes Be sure to stop by and you will either see Sarah, Ryan, Rachael, and/or my smiling faces. Programs like ours instruct children of all ages about human and ocean activity, and the uniqueness and fragility of a marine environment.

My name is Aaron Beguelin; I am an intern at BIMI this summer. I have wanted to give back to BIMI what BIMI showed me. BIMI gave me a love and understanding of the ocean. My passion came about after attending several of BIMI’s programs when I was young. One such program was/is called Creature Feature. From 12-2 PM we open the touch tanks up to the public and explain what is in the tanks, how organisms, such as the sea urchin, purple lady crabs fluke scallops and quahogs are unique and how they interact with the ecosystem around it. This is one of many programs I would love to see more people come out for, especially children, in hopes that I can inspire them the same way I was inspired by the fragility and beauty of marine life.

Our beautiful island is in danger. With the rising sea levels, Block Island could be in serious trouble. There are many organizations working to save the precious balance we have here. BIMI is one such organization; we use programs to teach and let people experience the wonders of Block Island’s marine ecosystem. Ever wonder what makes a squid tick? Squid dissecting can answer your questions. Our Tuesday night lecture series has experts in many maritime fields come speak, such as the president of Mystic seaport. Tired of not catching clams Ryan runs a program explaining the repopulating of shellfish in Great salt pond with, explaining aqua culture! Aqua art gives kids the opportunity to see the beauty of nature and make a little of there own. These are just a few and there are many others that let you learn, whether you know it or not, about the ocean. I find it’s much harder not to care about something when you have interacted with it..

As a future marine biologist I like to joke that I am going into a growth industry, literally. This is because sea levels rise every year. The oceans will claim land that has been inhabited by humans for centuries. I don’t mean to put you, my reader, in a sour mood, as I so often find myself when thinking about the future of the world, but rather to offer an opportunity, the opportunity to learn how to help. You may argue what can you, one person, do? One person can lead a nation, one person can change social networking, why can’t one person inspire people to save our planet. A single person can start the ball rolling and help slow climate change and stall the poisoning of our planet. There is a quote from a poem called Ulysses by Alfred lord Tennyson that I think applies here, “We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”


The fight for earth is not over yet. We cannot yield if we want to save our planet.



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