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Celebrating World Oceans Day: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

(OCEANS) Happy World Oceans Day! Originally created by The Ocean Project in 2002, World Oceans Day became nationally recognized as June 8 in 2008. Since then, the project has reached millions worldwide in advocating for healthier oceans and a healthier planet. There's no doubt that factors like climate change and pollution are threatening our Earth's oceans, but it's never too late to save them. Read on for ways to help save the oceans and reduce plastic pollution. -- Global Animal
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Lobster-Diving Dog Helps Clean Polluted Oceans

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) After Alex Schulze taught his dog Lila how to dive for lobsters, she became the perfect candidate to help him clean polluted oceans. -- Global Animal

This World Oceans Day, Dive Into The Deep Waters Of The Atlantic

(OCEANS) Today, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans and the major role they have in everyday life. Not only are they are a major source of oxygen, food, and medicine, but they are a critical part of the biosphere. The main purpose of World Oceans Day is to educate the public on the impact that human actions have on our oceans, while developing a worldwide movement for sustainable management. In celebration of World Oceans Day, we invite you to explore the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean with this 360° virtual reality tour from a diver's point of view. -- Global Animal

The Plastic Problem In Our Oceans: Facts & Figures

(OCEANS/POLLUTION) From production to consumption, plastic is toxic and it's killing tens of thousands of marine animals every year. Plastic waste is drowning our Earth's oceans and waterways, and while it's a serious problem for current and future generations, the issue goes largely ignored. Take a look at the infographic below to learn the facts about plastic pollution's impact on the environment and marine life, and see what you can do to help reduce plastic consumption. Your efforts may seem like just a drop in the ocean, but the choices of individuals can have a big impact. -- Global Animal

Are Jellyfish Taking Over The Oceans?

(OCEANS/JELLYFISH) Despite popular belief that these gelatinous sea creatures are taking over the world's oceans, studies suggest there is in fact a 20-year cycle which directly correlates to the abundance of jellyfish in various parts of the world. According to researchers from the Global Jellyfish Group, this current rise in the cycle may have created the perception of a global swell in jellyfish. In fact, multidecadal cycles are common in nature, whether in growth patterns and populations in organisms or physical circumstances such as the oxygen concentration of the oceans. Read more about the recent study pertaining to the rise-and-fall cycle of these populous sea organisms. — Global Animal

‘Orcas Live In Oceans’: Why SeaWorld Is Bad For Orcas

(SEAWORLD/OCEANS/ANIMAL VIDEO) Munchkin, a children's toy manufacturer, has crafted a top-selling orca bath toy over the past 10 years. However, unlike SeaWorld, the company has decided to put their principles before profits, and recently decided to stop selling the toy because "a bathtub just isn't big enough for an orca." To announce this decision, they've created an ad that perfectly displays the relationship children should have with these intelligent, sentient animals. Take a look! -- Global Animal

Leonardo DiCaprio Gives Whale Of A Grant To Save Oceans

(CELEBRITY NEWS/OCEANS) Leonardo DiCaprio proves once again he's king of the world—especially the oceans. Last month, the Oscar-nominated star hilariously spoofed himself on Saturday Night Live with his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Johah Hill. Now, through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, he granted $3 million dollars to Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working on behalf of oceans. — Global Animal

Watch Video Sent To Politicians To Save Oceans

CANADA (HELP ANIMALS) – (VIDEO) With the recent oil spills polluting our oceans, we know that oil tankers are a risk to marine life, but the noise pollution caused by these vessels is just as dangerous. Whales are confused and frightened by the unnatural noises, and squids are literally being torn apart by sound waves. Watch the video that depicts the last silent sanctuary left to many whales, and the consequences that would befall the area if the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is approved.

Capt. Paul Watson: If We Kill Our Oceans, We Kill Ourselves

(SEA SHEPHERD/ANIMAL ACTIVISM VIDEO) Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society talks about the death of our oceans, the politics of extinction and how the collapse of entire species of fish like the bluefin tuna is bad news for humans. — Global Animal

San Diego Sea Lion Plays In Bioluminescent Waters

(ANIMAL VIDEOS/OCEANS) In the video clip above, witness a sea lion playing in the bioluminescent waves in the San Diego Bay. A pair of kayakers were delightfully surprised by the unexpected visitor and were lucky enough to capture the rare moment on film. -- Global Animal

This Breakthrough Will Help Save Our Coral Reefs

(OCEANS/CORAL REEFS) For the first time in history, the Florida Aquarium has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral--a scientific breakthrough that will help save the third largest coral reef in the world, "America's Great Barrier Reef." The corals are just one of the many species rescued from Florida's waters after the region's coral reefs began undergoing a major disease outbreak that started in 2014. Scientists intend to breed and reproduce these rescued colonies in hopes of eventually restoring the reefs once the disease is gone. Continue reading to learn more about this major step toward repopulating the world's coral reefs. -- Global Animal

13 Ghost Sharks To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

(OCEANS/SHARKS) What's scarier than ghosts and sharks? Try a combination of both--ghost sharks! Also called "ratfish," "rabbitfish," "elephant fish," or "spookfish," believe it or not, ghost sharks aren't sharks at all. These mysterious animals actually belong to three families even though they are often grouped into one. Just in time for Halloween, check out these 13 ghost sharks to get in the spooky spirit! -- Global Animal

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 to get close to one. But while all the staff could only stand a half-hour in the water, I took advantage of my cold resistance and stayed for three hours.” Read on to learn more about these majestic animals and take a look at the incredible photos. — Global Animal
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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 see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — Global Animal

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