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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Whale Lifts Kayak In Argentina

(WILDLIFE/WHALES/AMAZING ANIMAL VIDEO) In the incredible video above, watch as two kayakers–a father and daughter–are lifted out of the water by a massive whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. — Global Animal

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PETA is calling for orca whales to be placed in large-scale ocean sanctuaries. Photo Credit: Chris Gotshall/AP Photo

Bigger Tanks Do Not Mean Better Homes For SeaWorld Whales

(SEAWORLD/WHALES/CAPTIVE ORCAS) In response to the criticism SeaWorld received after the release of the documentary film, Blackfish, SeaWorld San Diego announced its plans to expand the park’s orca whale enclosures. The new orca environment will double in its size— spanning 50 feet deep and 350 feet in length. However, animal activists argue that enlarging the […]

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Stay Classy, Anchorman: Ditch The Dolphins

(PETA/ANIMAL WELFARE) Will Ferrell’s long-awaited sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t giving PETA anything to laugh about. The activist group wants all the scenes featuring dolphins at San Diego’s Sea World stripped from the movie. Pixar Studios recently left scenes from their upcoming animated movie Finding Dory on the cutting-room floor after reportedly viewing Blackfish, a […]

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Orca suffers from a floppy dorsal fin, an abnormality that occurs more often in captivity than it does in the wild. Photo Credit: Cowperthwaite/Magnolia Pictures

“Blackfish” Director Dishes Out Dirt On SeaWorld

(MOVIES) For those who couldn’t make it to theaters to see Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s critically-renowned documentary Blackfish, you’re in luck, because CNN is bringing the film to your TV sets tonight. Released in theaters back in July, Blackfish calls attention to the vast psychological problems killer whales face in captivity and the associated dangers. When Cowperthwaite set out to […]

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Tilikum one of the orcas at SeaWorld sits in captivity.

“Blackfish” Documentary Dives Into SeaWorld’s Dark Depths

(MOVIE REVIEW) Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 film, Blackfish, does exactly what a great documentary should do. The film is as heartwrenching as the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, but at its core, Blackfish is even more horrifying, given that nearly ten million people inadvertently participate in the film’s tragic story every year by visiting SeaWorld […]

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Tilikum performs in captivity at SeaWorld in Blackfish

Free Willy Falls Far From Freedom

(CAPTIVE ORCAS/KILLER WHALES) With the public finally opening its eyes to the plight of captive killer whales, thanks to the recent release of Blackfish, the collective attitude towards whales in captivity is growing reminiscent of the message portrayed in the early ’90s family film, Free Willy. Although it’s been 20 years since Keiko the orca […]

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A rare albino moose, sacred to aboriginal people, was shot and killed by hunters in Nova Scotia. Photo Credit:

10 Spirit Animals From Around The World (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE GALLERY) Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, accompanied by the eerie, spiritual vibes of the season. The spooktacular holiday is often associated with both mythical and real-life “spirit animals.” Werewolves, owls, and cats, for example, are no strangers to any Halloween tale. However, it may be shocking to learn that the idea of […]

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‘Twilight’ Star Urges Macy’s To Sink The SeaWorld Float

(CELEBRITY NEWS/ACTIVISM)  It looks like Twilight star Christian Serratos won’t be heading to Macy’s anytime soon. Even with her new role on the hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, the actress still took the time to express her anger after learning the retail chain was planning to include a SeaWorld float featuring Shamu in this […]

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Whales still get hit despite ship speed regulations and observation systems. Photo Credit: Discovery

Ear Wax Tells Whale’s Tale

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) The endangered blue whale’s ear wax could be the key to saving the beloved species. Scientists from Texas have analyzed a 10-foot-long earplug retrieved from a blue whale who passed away due to a collision with a ship off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 2007. Like a tree’s rings, the ear […]

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<p>Should Japan chose to end whaling, beautiful whales such as these humpbacks will finally be safe. Photo Credit: National Geographic/Dr. Louis M. Herman/NOAA</p>

Whale Spotting? There’s An App For That!

(OCEANS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) While iPhone users are going crazy over the new iOS 7 update, a new app may do wonders for the thousands of whales left in the oceans. The app, Whale Spotter, allows marine scientists, sailors, and whale enthusiasts to plot whale locations on a digital map, in order to track migratory patterns. Scientists […]

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