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Residents of Augusta, Ga. speak out against the mercury-emitting Olin company. Follow this link!

The FDA has issued a consumer warning for pregnant mothers and small children: Mercury is proven to cause neurological damage in still-developing brains.

Eating fish is extremely healthy and perfectly fine so long as it's sustainable and the species' fisheries are well-managed. And like anything else it's good to be sure that it's safe from a health perspective ... so heed FDA warnings!

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Go on Shake Your Tail Feathers

Here's one for the birds: Scientists discovered they can gauge levels of water contamination from toxic, sometimes cancer-causing chemicals, by analyzing a substance secreted from a gland near the base of birds' tail feathers.


Birds secrete a substance known as preen oil, which helps protect them from water and parasites. Though the surest way to gauge contaminant levels is by taking blood and tissue samples, such tests are invasive and expensive. A recent report shows with proper calculations, measuring preen oil is just as effective.


Oceana combats pollution in many forms, be it mercury contamination or oil spills not just for animal health, but for people health too.


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Sad News: Fishermen Caught Killing Dolphins

Brazilian fishermen were caught on video suffocating not just one or two, but 83 dolphins, then piling them on the boat deck.

And what's more, they were laughing about it and joking about getting jail time. Who does that?

That's even worse than Japanese fishermen hording dolphins into enclosed waters and slaughtering them by the thousands for their meat. At the very least, they eat the catch in Japan.


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Some Good News For a Good Cause

The fantastic folks at Good Magazine have partnered with Oceana to raise $60,000 for the oceans. That's definitely good news.


How it works is simple: Readers go online to purchase a charter subscription of the magazine at 33 percent off the newsstand price, and Good Magazine donates $20 to Oceana.


Over 1,000 subscriptions have been purchased so far, raising nearly $27,000 to date. Good Magazine seeks to generate entertaining media that attracts broad audiences to content that matters.


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Get a load of this!

Scientists are calling the rare giant squid found by a beach walker on a remote Australian shore "a whopper," and with a body


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What's in your stomach?

Chinese exporters are up in arms over a U.S.


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The gear that keeps on killing

I've heard of a ghost fish, but "ghost fishing"? Turns out it doesn't even involve actual fish. ...


After a fishing boat pulls up anchor, the hooks and lines and nets lost or dumped into the ocean stay behind, for years even. Not only is that trash in our oceans, it's a threat to the surrounding marine life.


For instance, the unlucky seabirds that were living around a remote island off the coast of Scotland: They drowned in discarded fishing nets, scientists have pulled hooks and fishing line from their bellies. And it's still happening.


Everyone knows ocean pollution is rotten, but fishing can be pretty dirty too.


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A Whale for Wales

It's safe to say these whale watchers definitely got their money's worth, when one ostentatious 40-ton humpback whale opted to put on a little show. Lucky for us, a wildlife photographer happened to be aboard the boat off the coast of New South Wales.


No one knows for sure why whales perform these stunning aerial maneuvers, breeching the surface a rate of 25 feet per second. Some say it's a means of communicating with the rest of the pod, others say it helps with breathing, while others, still, say the big splash helps remove parasites from the skin.


For all their mystery and beauty, it's hard to believe some people still insist on hunting these often endangered or threatened creatures. Oceana continues to act as a watch dog in the open ocean, while on land we've successfully lobbied on behalf of many marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and sharks.


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Signed, SEALED, delivered - make this DVD yours July 7

By the time an elephant seal finishes its roundtrip journey from the coasts of Northern California to the depths of the North Pacific, it will have logged more travel hours in a year than any other mammal on Earth.


And A Seal's Life - The Story of the Northern Elephant Seal captures them all. Well, of course the doc's been edited into a more bite-sized portion - 47 minutes to be exact - and it just so happens to feature Library of Congress "living legend" Dr. Sylvia Earle, former chief scientist at NOAA and current explorer-in-residence with the National Geographic Society.


This flick is in for a splash landing July 7.



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