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Dolphins and Whales Squeal like Children When They’re Happy, Study Says

Dolphins and whales squeal when they're happy

An Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis). A new study found that dolphins and whales “squeal with delight.” (Photo: Oceana)

As a child, you may remember squealing and screaming when you were excited about something. It turns out that humans aren’t the only species that gets noisy when they’re happy: New research shows that whales and dolphins “squeal with delight” to express glee, too.


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A Summer Reading List for Ocean Lovers: Ten Books to Read before Summer Ends

Summer reading list for ocean lovers

(Photo: Steve McFarland / Flickr Creative Commons)

Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few warm weeks left to enjoy some summer reading. As you make your last trips to the beach, there’s no better way to enjoy the coast than sitting down with an ocean-themed book.

We’ve rounded-up ten must-reads for ocean lovers, with topics ranging from sustainable fisheries to narwhal biology. Take a look below, and let us know about any other ocean-themed books you enjoyed this summer!


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Ocean Roundup: New Coral Reef Species Discovered, Seals Found to Spread Tuberculosis 6,000 Years Ago, and More

Fur seals may have spread tuberculosis 6,000 years ago

A Juan Fernández Fur Seal (Arctocephalus philippii). A new study says that seals may have spread tuberculosis 6,000 years ago. (Photo: Oceana)

- Seals may just be the culprit in having spread tuberculosis from Africa to the New World 6,000 years ago. A new study found that seals contracted the disease when they crawled ashore on African beaches to raise their young, and then brought it to South America, where hunters became exposed. The New York Times


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CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than One Month until Manta Rays are Protected

CITES will protect manta rays on September 14

A manta ray off the Philippines. (Photo: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr Creative Commons)

On September 14, 2014, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will add six sharks and rays to Appendix II, meaning that global trade of these species will be restricted. At Oceana, we work to protect marine species from overexploitation every day, so we’re thrilled about the new listings. To celebrate, we’ll be spotlighting all six species that are receiving protections on September 14 in a series of countdown blog posts on The Beacon.


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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

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. Poaching has historically been an issue in Nicaragua, but has improved in recent years. The Dodo


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

Austin Nichols goes shark tagging with 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. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami, Oceana, and Nautica earlier this summer to tag sharks off the coast of Florida. Nichols helped tag seven sharks while he was on the water, including a nurse shark, a blacktip shark, four blacknose sharks, and a lemon shark.


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

Oceana launched an expedition to the Balearic seamounts

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 Europe / Flickr)

Earlier this month, Oceana in Europe completed a 10-day expedition to the Balearic seamounts, where a team of scientists mapped, documented, and collected data on the area to determine the need for protective measures.


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

Barbuda is a leader in ocean conservation in the Caribbean

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


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

Minke whale hunt under Antarctic ice for krill

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 this technology in the Florida Keys, and not only will this provide a glimpse into the underwater world, it will also help scientists inform research and management plans. Monroe News


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

Great white sharks receive negative media attention

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. Not surprisingly, great white sharks turned out to be the fan favorite!


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