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GlobalAnimal.org’s OCEAN section dives into ocean conservation, including activism to save whales, dolphins, turtles, and bluefin tuna. Find news about Sea Shepherd and efforts to stop the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Plus, learn how to help end keeping dolphins, whales, and other mammals captive in theme parks like SeaWorld.

Sperm whales. Photo credit: shearyadi.com

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 jumps in ocean, killer whale swimming in the wild

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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Some fish species have better vision than others. Photo Credit: iStockphoto

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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Manatee, Conservation, Wildlife, Oceans

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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Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com

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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Over 100 million sharks are killed for their fins every year. Photo Credit: Jeff Rotman

TRÄTO Makes A Splash In Ocean Conversation

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Tiffany Vandersloot, founder of the organization TRÄTO (To Rescue Animals of The Ocean), is a visionary in the movement of ocean conservation and marine life protection. Through TRÄTO, Vandersloot has created a distinct brand with a revolutionary mission, setting a precedent in making marine life protection more than just an ideal, but […]

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Holy Mackerel! Don’t Be Fooled By Fish Intelligence

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/FISH/OCEANS) A recent paper published in the Animal Cognition Journal titled, “Fish Intelligence, Sentience and Ethics,” uncovers some new facts about fish intelligence. Fish, a species commonly disregarded as lesser than other mammals, may actually be more intelligent than once thought. Read on to uncover some surprising fish facts that will have you thinking […]

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