The Amazing Flight of Little Ray
June 2018 by V. R. Duin


Little Ray thought his world quite bland,
The same old water, the same old sand.
He watched birds take off and fly
And thought to himself, why can't I?
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)

Unless controls on water pollution by the Clean Water Act and penalties for overfishing catch on throughout the world, there may be no fish and no fishing by companies or individuals.

Mama Ray and Little Ray are restless. Their minds are distracted by the water pollution threatening their lives and the waters around them. It produces conditions that may result in no fishing by them.

If you catch them on your hook, please release them. They are family. Be sure to remove the fishing hook. Do not just cut the line and leave it hanging to get caught on things. Fishing tackle is deadly.

Overfishing and loss of habitat are killing entire populations. Without controls and penalties, there may be no fish. Caring companies and individuals should support universal efforts, like those of the EPA.

Rays are on many menus. Recipes from around the world make use of the wings, the area near the eyes and the liver. Fish or fish-based products and supplements contain plastic micro-beads for toxic spice.

Countries are considering bans. Wastewater treatment plants cannot remove micro-plastic pollutants. These plants also go against goals of the Clean Water Act with the hazardous rushes of water they release.

Fish and other ocean life dine on plastics. When they get served for dinner, they contain undigested plastic waste. Much of the seafood in the United States arrives untested. Many countries test for no type of pollution.

People on land are arguing about the goodness of rich water. Few of them are talking about dirty water. Most of the water on earth is dirty. Little Ray joins Elasmodiver in wanting friends to learn about threats to rays and sharks.

Water pollution can cause bacterial diseases. The CDC has The Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases to protect against waterborne diseases. Cholera is commonly known among these diseases.

Nobody is immune from the bad effects of food from toxic water. It can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, numbness and vomiting. Harmful effects are good reasons not to eat fish.

Higher animals on the food chain make less energy with their food: According to, Laws of Thermodynamics as Related to Biology, they need more food to survive. Filth makes less food available.

Ocean life holds secrets. Without controls on water pollution and penalties for overfishing, these secrets could be lost. Studies are under way to learn if sharks' immune systems offer resistance to cancers.

Dirty water causes infections of wounds. These can be impossible to heal. NSU researchers found sharks and rays have advanced wound-healing abilities. Eating ray or shark meat is unlikely to fight infections.

V. R. Duin was an NSU law school graduate under her legal name. Problems are surfacing with antibiotics to treat bacterial illnesses and infections. Could sharks lead to better cures for infections?

Could sharks lead to the prevention or cure of cancer? Sharks show Novel Changes in Their Immune Cancer-Related Genes. Two of the genes have counterparts connected to cancers.

Could sharks end side effects and allergic reactions to existing drugs? Celebrants of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel should join Ray and shark in the battle to save these fish for people.

Water pollution threatens all life forms. Mama Ray, Little Ray and Shark want everyone for generations to enjoy the beauty, the health, the variety and the fun of ocean life.

Deaths of large populations of plants and animals could bring end to popular forms of recreation, sport and survival. Water pollution breaks up animal pairs. Any animal can be killed by dirty water.

Dirty water kills animals that fish for survival. Grouper, swordfish, sawfish and tuna are among the most endangered ocean fish.

Expansion and enforcement of the Clean Water Act could bring an end to dirty water. Jellyfish, lobsters and turtles may not die of old age. If pollution kills them off, humans may lose the key to cheating death.

Plastic pollutants never go away. When they get eaten, they destroy life from the inside out. They combine to cause deadly traps. Water pollution that dissolves does not totally disappear.

The survival of larger animals by eating smaller ones is in danger. Where there are no fish, there can be no fishing by bigger fish, birds, reptiles or other mammals. Animals that eat plant life also are at risk.

Radioactive waste may have a lovely glow, but it is not good for the ocean or ocean life. The hardy water bear is able to withstand radiation. These micro-animals can survive extreme conditions. Intentional exposure is not healthy for them.

Toxic waste and sewage are dumped into the ocean from vessels, oil rigs and offshore construction sites. They affect oxygen, water flow and quality. They make dangerous waves and deadly jets of water.

Radioactive waste travels along water currents. Enforcement of the Clean Water Act could reduce exposure to high levels of radioactive waste. Radiation can lead to cancer, birth defects, cell and systemic damage of humans and animals.

Doing laundry sends harmful fibers into the water. These combine with chemical runoff from agriculture, industry, home septic tanks, lawns and storm drains. The result is toxic to humans, aquatic life and pets.

Sand dredged from rivers and oceans to dump on beaches may be killing tiny animals under it. Dredging is done to open navigation passages, extract minerals and prepare construction sites. It stirs contaminants in water.

Cleanup is costly. Sand has become so valuable, it is being stolen from public beaches for use on construction sites. The health risks that travel with these materials must be weighed against the huge costs.

There are costs of testing, cleaning and other alternatives. Efforts to save the waters of the world include restoration of damaged areas. The goal is to reverse problem conditions and restore quality to ocean life.

Controls on Water Pollution

  • Water Polution Little Ray says:

    Water pollution has many forms, including liquid, solid, gas, noise and radiation, but plastic pollutants are the worst.

  • Enforcement of the Clean Water Act Little Ray says:

    Expansion and enforcement of the Clean Water Act of the the United States must be championed throughout the world for global effectiveness.

    • No FishingLittle Ray says:

      No fishing due to pollution will put a whole industry out of work, resulting in more jobs lost.