Monday, September 21, 2020

OCEANS'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.

Sea Shepherd’s Operation Divine Wind Set To Blow Whaling Away

(SEA SHEPHERD/WHALE WARS) The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced Friday that they are returning to the Southern Ocean Sanctuary this December with the launch of Operation Divine Wind to protect the great whales from Japan's hunting fleet. Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit and marine wildlife conservation organization, is mobilizing in response to Japanese news sources that have confirmed that the country's whaling fleet will resume hunting for the protected animals at the end of the year. Read on for more information about the organization's upcoming campaign. — Global Animal

Mekong River Dam Plans Ignore Giant Catfish

(SOUTHEAST ASIA) — Giant catfish can grow up to ten feet long and can weigh about 770 pounds, but proposed dams for the Mekong River in Southeast Asia would permanently threaten, if not end, the reign of these gigantic creatures. — Global Animal

Mimic Octopus Is Master Impersonator

Many creatures seem to have magical abilities, and the mimic octopus is no exception. In the blink of an eye this creature can go from looking like an average octopus to looking like a flat fish, or a sea snake. Watch the video to see the fascinating transformations!

This World Oceans Day, Dive Into The Deep Waters Of The Atlantic

(OCEANS) Today, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans and the major role they have in everyday life. Not only are they are a major source of oxygen, food, and medicine, but they are a critical part of the biosphere. The main purpose of World Oceans Day is to educate the public on the impact that human actions have on our oceans, while developing a worldwide movement for sustainable management. In celebration of World Oceans Day, we invite you to explore the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean with this 360° virtual reality tour from a diver's point of view. -- Global Animal

How Do Dolphins Dive So Deep?

(DOLPHIN SCIENCE) Ever wonder why we suffer from the bends when diving into deep waters but other mammals such as dolphins don't? Though dolphins often avoid the bends, they can be susceptible to it around beach areas.  Read on to learn how dolphins are able to naturally reach great depths and why they sometimes beach themselves.   — Global Animal

Careful What You Flush! Human Medicines Causing Resistant Bacteria in Sharks

(SEA/SHARKS) — Flush your antibiotics? Stop! Leftover medicines have been finding their way to the ocean and the sharks living there and are causing drug-resistant bacteria to evolve and multiply. — Global Animal

This Breakthrough Will Help Save Our Coral Reefs

(OCEANS/CORAL REEFS) For the first time in history, the Florida Aquarium has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral--a scientific breakthrough that will help save the third largest coral reef in the world, "America's Great Barrier Reef." The corals are just one of the many species rescued from Florida's waters after the region's coral reefs began undergoing a major disease outbreak that started in 2014. Scientists intend to breed and reproduce these rescued colonies in hopes of eventually restoring the reefs once the disease is gone. Continue reading to learn more about this major step toward repopulating the world's coral reefs. -- Global Animal