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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.

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
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 see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — Global Animal

Shell No! Why Tourists & Turtles Don’t Mix

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SEA TURTLES) Remember going to the pond and feeding the ducks as a kid? Or what about going to the beach and giving the seagulls crackers? It may seem like harmless fun, but a research group at the University of Barcelona recently discovered that feeding wild animals like green sea turtles is actually hurting their population. It changes their diet, the chemicals in their body, as well as their behavior toward humans. Read on to find out how we can save these turtles one step at a time. -- 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

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

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
Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com

Shark Attacks Vs. Shark Finning: Facts Behind The Fear

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SHARKS) Sunday, July 23 kicks off Discovery Channel's most anticipated summer staple, Shark Week. Referred to as "the Super Bowl of the sea," Shark Week is the longest-running cable TV programming event in history and a feeding frenzy in terms of ratings. But while Shark Week is good for the Discovery Channel, many are asking: Is it good for sharks? -- 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

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

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