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Seahorse Sex Ed & Why We Should Take Notes

(OCEANS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) What if, first thing every morning, you danced with your significant other? According to marine biologists at the University of British Columbia, seahorses keep their pair bond strong by dancing together everyday. During this coupling dance, seahorses are able to examine their reproductive status. For instance, they can determine if the male seahorse […]

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As the film "Finding Dory" is released, scientists are wary that the blue tang fish, like Dory, will be fished out to extinction. Photo Credit: kjschroeder/Pixabay

Cyanide Fishing: The Truth About Tropical Fish

(FISH/OCEANS) Yes, clownfish and blue tang fish are adorable, but how they are caught is a deadly and dangerous business. Cyanide fishing involves emitting sodium cyanide poison into a fish’s habitat in order to stun the intended fish for capture. It’s not only harmful to the fish, but the reef as well. Environmentalists and scientists […]

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Cape Cod Shark Surplus: Look Out For Circling Sharks

(SHARKS/OCEANS) What if it was Shark Week every week in your town? Cape Cod, Massachusetts has caught tourists’ attention due to a recent increase of great white sharks in the region. Marine Biologist Greg Skomal began tagging these sharks in 2009 when the shark population was still relatively small. In 2015, he identified 141 sharks […]

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Is Plastic Part Of The Food Chain? Fish Would Agree

(OCEANS/PLASTIC POLLUTION) “I’ll have a side of zooplankton with my plastic, please.” Uppsala University in Sweden is conducting a study that shows fish prefer microplastics over their natural diet consisting of zooplankton. Along with nutrition concerns, this new diet choice has behavioral, reproductive, and mortality complications. Not to mention, this also affects humans on the […]

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Emperor penguins swimming in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. Photo Credit: Getty Images/National Geographic Creative

The Last Marine Ecosystem? No Fishing Means NO FISHING!

(OCEANS/ARCTIC) The Ross Sea in Antarctica is considered by many to be “the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth.” Scientists claim global warming is altering the Sea’s ecosystem daily. Russia and China, two powerful countries propelled by fishing, are jeopardizing marine life by vetoing a proposal to turn the Ross Sea into a sanctuary. What […]

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<p>Education coordinator Jake Bonus talking with a couple exploring the tide pools at one of the sites Bonus oversees. Photo Credit: Jonathon Chandler/Chandler Photography</p>

How Tide Pools Became Teaching Tools

(OCEAN CONSERVATION) An often overlooked part of the ocean’s ecology are shorelines and coasts, like the Southern coast of California. Laguna Beach, CA has an enormous variety of coastal habitats, including tons of tide pools. One organization, Laguna Ocean Foundation, has taken on the job of educating the public about tide pools, and why it’s […]

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Rare Photos: The Unicorn Of The Sea

(OCEANS/NARWHALS) Commonly referred to as “unicorns of the sea,” narwhals are rare and elusive, coldwater porpoises.  Photojournalist Daniel Botelho spotted the unique animal on his North Pole expedition, and quickly started snapping away with his camera. “I always knew it would be very tough to get close to a narwhal whale,” he said. “It is notoriously hard […]

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Three Sisters Springs in Florida where large numbers of manatees are gathered. Photo Credit: Cynthia Moore via The Guardian

Massive Manatee Meet-Up Floods Florida Wildlife Refuge

(MANATEES/ENDANGERED SPECIES) Hundreds of manatees from the Gulf of Mexico gathered in Three Sister Springs last week, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue the temporary closure of the popular Florida wildlife refuge to swimmers and kayakers. The massive congregation is caused by low temperatures that drive the animals from the Gulf into […]

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Whale Poop In Perfume?

(OCEANS/WHALES) What’s the most expensive ingredient in perfume? Poop, of course! Sperm whale poop to be exact. Sperm whales create ambergris, a solid, waxy substance in their intestines to aid digestion. The fragrant ambergris can be worth $20 a gram, making these beauties quite the commodity. However, a question of morality remains. With sperm whales […]

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Orca Baby Boom: Hope For Endangered Whales?

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/ORCAS) The Pacific Northwest is experiencing an orca baby boom after four newborn orcas were born between last December and April of this year. The baby orcas were spotted off the coast of Washington and British Columbia, an area famous for its orca pods, and not a moment too soon. While four whales may […]

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How Your Poop Makes Fish Crazy

(OCEANS/FISH) After you flush have you ever wondered, “Where does it go?” The answer: down the toilet, through a sewage filtration system, into the ocean, and through the gills of unsuspecting fish. That’s right. Fish are breathing in your excretions, which include the drugs you take. Drug residue is often detected downstream from sewage treatment […]

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15 Amazing Manatee Facts

(INTERESTING ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Manatees–sometimes referred to as the cows of the sea–are now considered to be a vulnerable species given there are less than 10,000 mature manatees left in the wild. They are a loving, adorable species who need our help. Check out these fun facts and donate to help keep this species alive […]

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Shark Attacks Vs. Shark Finning: Facts Behind The Fear

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SHARKS) Sunday, July 5 kicked off Discovery Channel’s most anticipated summer staple, Shark Week. Referred to as “the Super Bowl of the sea,” Shark Week is the longest-running cable TV programming event in history and a feeding frenzy in terms of ratings, with more than 40 million people tuning in last year. But while Shark Week is good for the Discovery […]

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Jane Goodall: Shut Down SeaWorld!

(SEAWORLD/ORCAS/CELEBRITIES) Jane Goodall, famous for her extensive work with primates, is speaking out against SeaWorld, saying it needs to be shut down. After the release of the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld has faced much criticism for its inhumane treatment and captivity of orca whales and other marine life. Although SeaWorld claims their facility is inspiring and […]

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