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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.

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 and well. — Global Animal

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 retired to a sanctuary to live out her remaining years in peace and comfort. Read on to learn what we can do to help Kina give her story a happy ending. -- Global Animal

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 will be ready to birth up to 2,000 offspring or receive more eggs to hold. Read on to find out more about these sea romantics and their strange mating habits. -- Global Animal

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 fear with the release of Finding Dory, tropical fish sales will rise. Are these fish in your tank worth the price to the environment? Read on to find out. -- Global Animal

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 in Chatham, Massachusetts, designating Cape Cod as the only great white shark hub on the Eastern seaboard. Can sharks and humans coexist and share the ocean peacefully? Read on to find out how this shark town rose to fame and how it's coping with summer tourism. -- Global Animal

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 food chain. Continue reading to find out how plastic alters sea life. -- Global Animal

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 will happen if we don't preserve this “living laboratory”? Read on to find out. -- Global Animal

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 so important to protect them. — 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

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 the river system, which stays a constant 72 degrees year round, providing an ideal climate for the temperature-sensitive marine mammals. -- Global Animal

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 being an endangered species, is it wise to put such a high price tag on the animal's by-product? Should those who stand to illegally make a profit from ambergris be prosecuted? Read on to learn more about this "gold of the sea" and tell us what you think in our poll. — Global Animal

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 not seem like a lot, the area's orca population hit a 40-year-low in December--dropping from a high of 98 whales in the mid-90s to just 77 whales in the summer of 2014. There are currently 81 whales swimming throughout the region, and they are officially listed as endangered or at risk, in both the U.S. and Canada. Although these signs are promising for killer whale numbers, approximately 35 to 45 percent of newborn orcas do not survive past their first year. If these four calves survive, they will be the first successful newborns in the region in nearly three years. Read on to learn more about this potential turning point for the species. -- Global Animal

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 plants. This pharmaceutical waste, which is not properly removed or deactivated from wastewater, often changes the behavior of the exposed fish. They begin to act a little crazy, by eating more and by leaving their schools to scavenge for food on their own. This behavior may seem diminutive, but it can have a domino effect that can lead to ecological disaster. Read more to learn about this environmental issue. — Global Animal

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 educational, Goodall recognizes the trauma that whales and dolphins in captivity must endure. Given her animal expertise, it's only fitting that Goodall has emerged as one of the many activists speaking out against the horrors and tragedies associated with the park's questionable practices. Read on to learn more about Goodall's efforts to shut down SeaWorld and free animals from captivity. — Global Animal

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