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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.

This Faceless Cusk was caught in the Jervis Bay Commonwealth Marine Reserve off New South Wales at depths of 4000 meters during the CSIRO RV Investigator voyage to the abyss. Photo Credit: John Pogonoski/CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection

Defying Depths For Unique Deep Sea Discoveries

(FISH/OCEANS) Do fish need eyes, or even a face? The unexplored waters off of Australia, which are 2.5 miles deep, are brimming with new species. Tom O’Hara and a team of researchers discovered creatures with new adaptations formed while living in these deep, dark waters. Navigating this abyss wasn’t easy, but the research is important […]

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Hawaii's beloved green turtle Honu swimming free. Photo Credit: turtletown.com

12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Turtles This World Turtle Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SEA TURTLES) World Turtle Day takes place on May 23, and it’s about much more than just celebrating the cute creatures. More importantly, the purpose of World Turtle Day is to raise awareness and respect for turtles and tortoises and encourage human action to help them survive. This World Turtle Day, Oyster Worldwide has […]

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Manatee, Conservation, Wildlife, Oceans

15 Amazing Manatee Facts For Manatee Appreciation Day

(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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Kina floating in her tiny tank at Sea Life Park HawaiiKeiko Conservation

Marine Park Hides A Living Legend

(MARINE ANIMALS/ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY) Kina is the only remaining false killer whale alive from the dolphin hunts at Iki Island off the coast of Japan. Since her capture in 1987, Kina has been moved around for years, and is now alone in an unacceptable tiny tank without adequate protection or stimulation. Kina deserves to be […]

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humpback whale rescued by divers

Humpback Whale Gives Thanks To Divers

(OCEANS/WHALE RESCUE) PACIFIC OCEAN — When a humpback whale became entangled in hundreds of yards of nets and fishing line, she was lucky to be spotted by a caring fisherman. Rescuers arrived and spent hours cutting her free. Read below to see how the whale thanked each diver individually! And from all of us here […]

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Photo Credit: George Grall

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 swim in the Ross Sea off 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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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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