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Ocean Fact O' the Day

The polar bear is the largest land carnivore on Earth.


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Ocean Fact O' the Day

Bluefin tuna have retractable fins and can swim 43 mph.

Recent reports support consuming too much tuna is potentially hazardous for women of child-bearing age and children because tuna is high in toxic element mercury.

Find out what Oceana is doing to combat the problem HERE.


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A Life for Every Tentacle

Osborne the octopus is anything but common. He narrowly avoided a potentially sticky situation after he was accidentally netted by a fisherman in frigid waters off the coast of Hampshire, England.

Ordinarily common octopuses can be found in much warmer Mediterranean waters. In fact, scientists at the Blue Reef Aquarium, where the octopus is recovering, are a bit perplexed as to how Osborne (aquarium staffers gave him the name) drifted so far from his natural habitat.

One thing's for certain, though: Osborne is one lucky cephalopod. Then again, if cats can have nine lives ... can octopuses have eight?


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Ocean Fact O' the Day

Shipping fleets emit more carbon dioxide worldwide than most individual countries emit from all sources - only five countries crank out more CO2 than the global shipping fleet. Yet these ship emissions are entirely unregulated.

[Ed Note] ... Sounds like someone missed the boat on that one. ... Won't be that way for long, though, if Oceana campaigners have anything to say about it.


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Ocean Fact O' the Day

The blue whale is the world's largest animal ever - even bigger than the largest known dinosaur.


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Ocean Fact O' the Day

While a few sharks will eat anything, including garbage, most species are much pickier about their diet. Fish, crabs, squid, sting rays, other sharks and plankton make up the majority of a shark's diet, which also depends on the type of teeth they have.

Sharks play a vital role in maintaining the health of marine ecosystems and their stocks are in serious trouble. Yet, more than one hundred million sharks are killed by commercial fisheries every year. They are intentionally harvested for their fins, meat, or liver oil and they are incidentally caught as bycatch in fisheries targeting other species.

Learn more about what Oceana is doing to save them HERE.


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Seals on the Loose!

Apparently one elephant seal has started a trend around PCH in San Simeon, Calif.

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Ocean Fact O' the Day

Sea horses aren't the only species in which the male carries the offspring. The sea dragon and the pipefish also have males carry the developing eggs. They're all members of the family Syngnathidae.


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The Global Consensus Rests

Is your head still reeling over whether it's safe to consume tuna sushi and other fish without interfering with your child's neurological development?

Don't let some lobbyist or even some environmentalist make the decision for you -- weigh the results of the most recent mercury investigation for yourself!

And while you're doing your homework, consider this: Sen. John Kerry says he's given up sushi all together after learning his mercury levels tested sky-high a few months back. So maybe it's about time fanatic proponents of fish give up their tuna as propaganda rhetoric. After all public health is at stake (and Kerry is merely a case in point).

And furthermore, the consolidated opinion of 20-plus doctors and scientists is not listed as a definition for propaganda. I checked.


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