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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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Killer Whales Join Swimmer

(OCEANS/AMAZING ANIMAL VIDEOS) Orcas are some of the most fearsome predators of the sea--there's a reason they're called "killer whales," after all. But when a New Zealand woman drew the attention of a pod of orca whales, something incredible happened. Watch as they surround her, twisting and turning whimsically below as she gracefully swims around. -- Global Animal
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Hungry Stingray Jumps Onto Ramp For Food

(OCEANS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) Watch what happens when a hungry stingray jumps from the water for some food, providing these tourists with an incredible experience during a trip to the Maldives. -- Global Animal
The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

A Whale Of A Day: 6 Fun Facts For World Whale Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Every year on February 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike come together to celebrate World Whale Day. Founded in 1980, this international day of observance serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need to protect our world's whale populations. Whales are so incredibly important to our Earth's ecosystems as they play an integral role in balancing the food chain and ensuring certain species do not overpopulate the world's oceans. However, these animals are threatened by a number of human-related activities like pollution, ship collisions, and even hunting. Despite a ban on commercial whaling in 1986, whales still face slaughter--most notably off the coasts of Japan. Celebrate World Whale Day and learn more about the oceans' most iconic mammals with these important facts below, and see how you can take action to help marine life. -- Global Animal

Surf Buddies: Dolphins Ride Waves With Surfer

(OCEANS/AMAZING ANIMAL VIDEOS) In this radical video clip, witness the incredible moment a surfer is accompanied by a pod of playful dolphins off the Southern California coast. -- Global Animal

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 at Global Animal, we hope you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who help you get untangled from anything that binds you. And may you always know the joy of receiving and giving love to animals around the globe. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! — Global Animal
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Woman Is A Shark Whisperer

(OCEANS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) This brave woman sticks her hands in sharks’ mouths to help remove fish hooks. For more of Cristina Zenato's efforts, follow her on Instagram. -- Global Animal

Pod Of Orca Whales In San Diego’s La Jolla Cove

(OCEANS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) In a rare sighting on Wednesday afternoon, a pod of about five killer whales swam into San Diego's La Jolla Cove--a tourist attraction typically known for its abundance of sunbathing sea lions. The orcas came within 30 to 40 feet of shore, delighting scores of tourists and locals lined up on the beach and bluffs. -- Global Animal

‘Tour Of Grief Is Over’ For Killer Whale Mother Carrying Calf’s Dead Body

(OCEANS/ORCAS) A 20-year-old killer whale named Tahlequah recently made headlines after being spotted carrying the corpse of her dead calf for an unprecedented 17 days. Last week, the grieving mother--known as J35 to scientists monitoring the critically endangered orca population in the Pacific Northwest--was seen swimming without the infant balanced on her head for the first time since July. It's not known whether the bereaved orca finally let the corpse go, or if the body simply began to decompose, but her extended mourning illustrates the dire threat currently facing her pod. Her calf was the first in three years to be born into the dwindling Southern Resident orca population, which currently consists of just 75 whales. Read on to learn more about the fate of the Southern Resident population and calls for greater protection. -- Global Animal

How 0.01% Of Life On Earth Is Causing The Sixth Mass Extinction

(ANIMAL EXTINCTION/WILDLIFE) Did you know the world's population of 7.6 billion people is equal to just 0.01 percent of all living things? While humankind is largely insignificant in the grand scheme of life on Earth, humanity is responsible for the loss of 83 percent of all wild mammals--half of which have been lost in the last 50 years alone--and around half of all plants. Meanwhile livestock kept by humans abounds, consisting of 96 percent of all mammals on Earth. The destruction of wild habitat for agriculture, logging, and development has resulted in the beginning of what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction. Read on to learn more about the rise of civilization and it's disproportionate impact on all life on Earth. -- Global Animal

Did You Know? Over One-Third Of Fish Caught Never Make It To The Plate

(OVERFISHING/OCEANS) A new study reveals that waste from global fish production is at an all-time high as more than one in three fish caught for food never makes it to the plate. With over half the fish consumed in the world now coming from aquaculture, particularly in China, approximately 35 percent of global catches are either thrown back overboard because they are too small or an unwanted species, or rotting before consumption due to lack of knowledge or proper equipment like refrigeration or ice-makers. Read on to learn more about the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) analysis of this increasingly wasteful industry. -- Global Animal

Ocean Alliances: Male Dolphins & Their Name Calling

(OCEANS) The ocean is a mysterious place and there is still a lot to learn about it. New research shows that male bottlenose dolphins create alliances with other male dolphins. But how can these sea creatures tell eachother apart? Believe it or not, these dolphins have names for one another! Read on to find out how these aquatic mammals actually call out to their buddies and share connections similar to us land-lovers. -- Global Animal

RIP Koko: The Gorilla Who Changed The World

(WILDLIFE) Koko, the famed gorilla who learned signed language and touched the lives of millions with her incredible sense of empathy, has passed away at age 46. The western lowland gorilla died peacefully in her sleep at the Gorilla Foundation’s preserve in California’s Santa Cruz mountains. Koko has had a profound impact teaching us about the emotional and intellectual capacity of great apes that will continue to shape the world. She will be greatly missed. -- Global Animal

Unsuspected Victims Of The Opioid Epidemic

(OCEANS) In the rugged waters of the Puget Sound, lay mussels who filter water in search of nutrients. However, no one expected to find traces of Oxycodone in the Seattle shellfish. If Opioids are reaching these filter feeders, how many other aquatic animals are being affected? Read on to find out how these dangerous drugs are permeating through Puget Sound and the impact this could have on all of us. -- Global Animal

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