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URL :http://na.oceana.org/en/blog
Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
Posts on Regator:2092
Posts / Week:6.2
Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Ocean News: Nicaragua Dispatches Military to Protect Baby Turtles, New Zealand Bans Shark Finning, and More

An olive ridley sea turtle hatching, a species to be protected by the Nicaraguan military. (Photo: S M / Flickr Creative Commons) - As sea turtle hatching season gets underway in Nicaragua, the nation’s military has been sent to the coast to protect baby sea turtles from poachers. Show More Summary

Video: Austin Nichols Tags Sharks off Florida, Advocates for the Oceans with Nautica and Oceana

Austin Nichols on a shark-tagging research trip with Oceana, Nautica, and the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program in Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo: Oceana / Melissa Forsyth) Actor, diver, and ocean advocate Austin Nichols (“One Tree Hill,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Wimbledon,” and “John from Cincinnati”) joined the R.J. Show More Summary

Photos: Oceana’s Balearic Expedition Confirms Need for Expanded Marine Protected Areas

Coralligenous community with gorgonians (Paramuricea clavata) and a group of swallotwail seaperch (Anthias anthias), pictured during Oceana’s expedition to the Balearic seamounts onboard the SOCIB R/V in August 2014. (Photo: Oceana in...Show More Summary

Ocean News: Barbuda Becomes Ocean Conservation Leader in the Caribbean, July Ocean Temperatures Hit Record Highs, and More

A rocky ledge off Barbuda. (Photo: Ron Kroetz / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists say that seagrass habitat is being lost at the same rate as Amazon rain forests, or about two soccer fields per hour. The scientists warn that this is key habitat for many young fish, so the loss of seagrass could have a huge impact on fisheries. BBC read more

Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, Other Celebs Fight for Our Oceans at Oceana’s SeaChange Party

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at SeaChange. (Photo: ©Oceana / Tom Vickers) This past weekend, Oceana hosted the seventh-annual SeaChange Summer Party, a sold-out fundraiser event that raised $1.4 million for the oceans. Celebrities, ocean...Show More Summary

New Report Touts Economic Benefits of Seafood Traceability

A fish market in Maryland. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) A new report on the economic benefits of seafood traceability provides compelling evidence for adoption of the practice throughout the seafood industry. Written by Future of Fish,...Show More Summary

Ocean News: New Minke Whale Foraging Patterns Discovered, Google Street View Takes on the Florida Keys, and More

Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) off the Chilean coast. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) - Google’s Street View will soon be coming to underwater ecosystems off the U.S. Government scientists have been learning to use thisShow More Summary

CEO Note: Progress for Sharks

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons) If you’re like most ocean lovers, you’ve probably spent a few nights this week tuning in to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. But as we celebrate our collective love of sharks, we should also take a moment to reflect on the many threats that sharks face. read more

Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: "White shark" by Pterantula (Terry Goss) at en.wikipedia - Derivative of w:Image:Whiteshark-TGoss5b.jpg. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons) In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Show More Summary

Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 5: Dusky Asks for Help to Complete His Bucket List

Dusky asks for help completing his Bucket List. (Photo: Oceana) This is the last post in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. This week, Dusky appeared in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. Show More Summary

Bycatch Spotlight: One of the Biggest Issues Facing Sharks Today

A dusky shark hooked on a long line. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries) In honor of Shark Week, Oceana is taking a look at one of the biggest issues facing sharks today: bycatch, or the unintentional catch of non-target fish and other marine life. Show More Summary

Video: Meet Some of the Most Famous Satellite Tagged Sharks

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, Dominique Lazzare, and Curt Slonim from the University of Miami measuring a Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) before tagging it onboard the Lat-Long shark tagging operation. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell) From...Show More Summary

Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 4: Dusky Creates “Dusky’s Bucket List” to Save His Species

Dusky creates “Dusky’s Bucket List” to save his species. (Photo: Oceana) This is the fourth post in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. This week, Dusky is appearing in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. read more

Photos: Meet the Biggest Shark Species Swimming in the Oceans

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: Oceana) Do you think you can name the largest shark species swimming in our oceans? Great white sharks probably come to mind first, but it turns out that those behemoths aren’t actually...Show More Summary

Infographic: Here’s Why Dusky Sharks Need to Get off the Hook

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons) Dusky sharks, a bronze-blue colored species found in warm coastal and open ocean waters, are in trouble. Populations in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf...Show More Summary

Online “Tree of Life” is Your Ultimate Guide to Sharks, Rays, and Skates

A Galapagos shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) When you think of Shark Week, the chances are that you're picturing a great white or a hammerhead shark. Or, if you’re thinking about the ancient oceans, you’re likely picturing the Megalodon thanks to Shark Week. Show More Summary

Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 3: Dusky Learns What Can be Done to Save His Friends

Dusky the Shark learns what can be done to save his friends. (Photo: Oceana) This is the third post in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. This week, Dusky will appear in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. read more

Photos: Introducing Deep-Sea Sharks, Some of the Wildest Looking Fish in the Oceans

Frilled Shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus). (Photo: © Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons) Did you know that over 350 shark species exist? Despite that massive number, most of the cartilaginous fish that get our attention are often the ones that frequent coastlines or are the most charismatic, like great white sharks and whale sharks. read more

Arctic Oil and Gas Lease Sale Moves Forward Despite Waning Interest from Industry Groups

Polar bears and other majestic marine mammals could be greatly affected by an oil spill in the Arctic Ocean. Click here to join Oceana in asking the Obama Administration to take the Arctic Ocean off the table for the 2017-2022 OCS Lease Sale program. Show More Summary

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Shark Species?

Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezi). (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez) In honor of Discovery’s Shark Week, The Beacon will be celebrating the wonders of sharks through Friday. With over 350 shark species, the class Chondrichthyes is full of biodiversity, from sawfish to manta rays and famous great white sharks. read more

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