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Sea Turtle Yawn Is The Cutest

(OCEANS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) Is there anything cuter than this little sea turtle yawning? Just try not to yawn yourself! -- Global Animal

“Beat Plastic Pollution” This World Environment Day!

(ENVIRONMENT/GO GREEN) Today, June 5 is World Environment Day, a day meant to make the Earth a greener, better place. This year's theme, "beat plastic pollution," comes at a prudent time for saving our planet. As eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our world's oceans each year, poisoning waters and killing marine life, plastic pollution is regarded as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the world today. In fact, experts claim if present plastic waste and consumption trends continue, our oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050. Continue reading below to learn more about World Environment Day and this year's call to action. -- Global Animal

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 put together 12 facts you may not know about turtles to help raise awareness of this special animal. -- Global Animal

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Here’s What To Know On Endangered Species Day

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, May 18, marks the 13th annual Endangered Species Day. Established in 2006 by Congress, Endangered Species Day celebrates the importance of endangered wildlife and educates the public on how to save these amazing animals from extinction. The Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, including the gray wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, and whooping crane. Endangered Species Day aims to highlight these success stories while providing an opportunity to learn more about the actions we can take to help protect precious wildlife. Global efforts to end poaching and wildlife trafficking are greater than ever, but there is still a long way to go. In the list below, take a look at the facts about threatened and endangered wildlife by the numbers. -- Global Animal

Hawaii Becomes First To Ban Sunscreen That Kills Coral Reefs

(ANIMAL NEWS/OCEANS) The state of Hawaii is on the cutting edge of environmental conservation after passing a bill banning the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens that contain chemicals known to have a destructive effect on coral reefs and other ocean life (and they're not great for you either). There are over 3,500 sunscreens currently available on the market that contain dangerous chemicals that contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The main chemicals in question are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are common ingredients in some of the world's most popular sunscreen products including Coppertone, Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, and many more. While these ingredients help block out the sun’s radiation, they can also cause severe damage to coral and fish. Researchers estimate a whopping 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion end up in coral reefs every year, so this small lifestyle change is poised to give corals some much needed relief. Read on to learn more about this first-in-the-world law and the growth of natural sunscreen products. -- Global Animal

Bow Your Heads To These Mysterious Musicians Of The Sea

(OCEANS/WHALES) Bow your heads to the newest artists of the sea! The bowhead whale is singing a different song compared to their friends the humpback or orca. These mysterious musicians are raising the bar, showing how diverse these gentle giants can be, and never singing the same tune. Read on to find out more about these unique composers. -- Global Animal
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Guy Sings To Beulga Whales From His Kayak

(OCEANS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) This guy had no idea when he started singing that beluga whales would rush up to his boat to listen. Much like Dory from Finding Nemo, his whale songs appear to enchant the whales, so he decided to dive down to give them a show they would never forget. -- Global Animal
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Put Your Fins Together For National Dolphin Day!

(ANIMAL NEWS/DOLPHINS) Today, April 14 is National Dolphin Day, a day dedicated to the plight of dolphins of all species across the globe. These incredibly intelligent and social mammals congregate in schools of five to hundreds, and range in colors from pink, white, brown, and even black. Found all over the world, these species are threatened by a number of issues including fishing gear, ocean pollution from oil and gas development, ship collisions, and climate change. It's time to take a stand for dolphins and protect the world's oceans. On this day, take a moment to celebrate these charismatic animals with the 10 fun facts below, courtesy of Dolphin Way. -- Global Animal
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Diver Befriends A Spotted Moray Eel

(OCEANS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) When famed Australian diver and ocean conservationist Valerie Taylor first discovered the home of a spotted moral eel near Banda Island, Indonesia, she tried to befriend the animal by offering a fish. Of course, the eel hid--a natural reaction to being approached by a human. But after Taylor tried a few more times over the course of several years, she eventually won the grumpy animal over. Ever since, the 6-foot-long, brown spotted eel--affectionately named "Honey"--has seemed to recognize and approach her. According to Taylor, the eel even seems to love being held and cuddled. "We have become great friends," Taylor said in a video posted by the Central Florida Aquarium Society. -- Global Animal

Octopus Walks Along Ocean Floor Carrying Coconut

(OCEANS/AMAZING ANIMAL VIDEOS) Doesn't this octopus remind you of when you're determined to bring in all of the groceries in one trip? Watch as this crafty creature carrying a coconut walks along the bottom of the ocean floor in Lembeh, Indonesia. -- Global Animal

Molting Mammals Use Rocks To Whale Away At Dead Skin

(OCEANS/WHALES) When you think about the act of molting, you’d typically imagine a hermit crab casting off its exoskeleton, or maybe a snake shedding its skin. But would you believe that a whale does the same thing? Recently in the Canadian Arctic, a couple of Bowhead whales were seen rubbing against boulders to exfoliate their skin. Read on to find out why these large sea mammals are in dire need of a spa day. -- Global Animal

Swimming With Sharks: Thrill-Seeking Lives Of Freedivers

(SHARK PICTURES/OCEANS) Brazilian photographer Raul Boesel Jr. released a fascinating look into the ocean world with his enigmatic photographs of freedivers swimming with sharks. "You feel all kinds of emotions when diving with these beautiful animals. They range from happiness, euphoria, anxiety and fear," Boesel said. Although Boesel is right to have a healthy amount of fear toward the wild animals, he clearly also displays a healthy dose of respect and admiration for the ocean dwellers. The photographs are a beautiful display of the delicate bond between humans and wildlife. Read on to learn more about this fascinating experience and see more pictures below. — Global Animal

Meet A Shark’s Best Friend, Brian Skerry

(OCEANS/SHARKS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) In celebration of Shark Awareness Day and the countdown to SharkFest on Nat Geo WILD and Shark Week on Discovery (beginning Sun, July 23), watch legendary National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry photograph sharks underwater as he discusses his mission to change the public's negative perception of them. While it's peak shark season and we're hearing stories left and right of shark sightings and attacks, it's important to remember that sharks are not our enemies, but they are actually integral to the ecosystem. Despite this fact, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed by humans each year, and 64 shark species are currently listed as endangered. To learn more about Skerry and his shark PR campaign, watch special Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack, premiering on Nat Geo WILD on Monday, July 24 at 10/9c. -- Global Animal

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 to help protect this unfamiliar environment from climate change. Read on to learn about other bizarre creatures that were uncovered during their expedition. -- Global Animal

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