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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.

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

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

Ancient Species Of Coral and Sponges Discovered Off Newfoundland Coast

CANADA-Scientists have found ancient species of coral and sponges previously unknown to science of the Newfoundland Coast.

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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

Shark Week? Try Shark Summer

(SHARKS) It's shark week, and while some watch from their couch others experience sharks up close. Curious great white sharks have been leaping onto boats, circling fishing vessels, and creeping closer to popular tourist spots. Discover if these shark encounters are shark attacks or something more benign, providing us with cool shark pictures. — Global Animal

Six Dolphins Saved Off Cape Cod Coast

(DOLPHINS) MASSACHUSETTS — Rescuers were able to save six dolphins who were trapped in mud flats off Cape Cod coast. — Global Animal

Maldives Announces World’s Largest Marine Reserve

(OCEAN NEWS) By the year 2017, the 1,192 islands of the Maldives will be a marine reserve. The plan was announced recently at the Rio+20 UN Conference of Sustainable Development, and will make the country the largest protected area of ocean life in the world. With increasing threats to marine life and environments, this positive step will hopefully highlight the importance of the ocean's survival. Read on for more on the proposed plan. — Global Animal

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson Responds To Bethune Verdict (VIDEO)

(VIDEO) Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson upon hearing Pete Bethune was given a suspended prison sentence. — 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
Cute Baby Seal

Canadian Seal Hunt A Dead Tradition?

CANADA (WILDLIFE) – The annual seal hunt in Canada opened Monday, but poor ice conditions and a lack of economic incentive have made hunters think twice before going out to kill this year.

Russia Pretends To End Harp Seal Hunt

(SEA) RUSSIA — Russia pretended to end their history of harp seal slaughter by announcing a 'complete' ban on hunting 'all' harp seals--but the ban only protects seals less than one year of age. Complete wasn't exactly the right word.

Riveting Whale Rescue Ends With Tail Flip

(WHALE RESCUE/VIDEO) MEXICO– Here's a heart-pounding whale rescue mission, captured on film, to free a 45-foot whale tangled in miles of fishing rope and nets. Ride along on this astounding undertaking...

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

Whale Wars Wise?: Catch Sea Shepherd Trivia Here

(WHALE WARS) For diehard fans of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Captain Paul Watson or the high-stakes Animal Planet TV series, today is a great day because season four of Whale Wars premieres in just hours. Here are some interesting and lesser-known Sea Shepherd facts to show off with at your viewing party tonight... -- Global Animal

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