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

Dusky asks for help completing 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. Take a look below to see how Dusky the Shark has developed his plan to save his species this past week.


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Video: Meet Some of the Most Famous Satellite Tagged Sharks

satellite tags help scientists learn more about 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 whales to sea turtles and caribou, both terrestrial and marine animals are satellite-tagged around the world. Satellite tags—radio transmitters that submit signals to orbiting satellites—are an effective way to study animal behavior, including foraging and migration patterns.


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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.

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.


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Photos: Meet the Biggest Shark Species Swimming in the Oceans

Great white sharks are the third largest shark species

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 the largest out of the hundreds of existing shark species.

These cartilaginous fish have been navigating the world’s oceans for roughly 450 million years—even before the dinosaurs—so they’re naturally worthy of celebrating. 


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

Dusky shark populations have declined by 99 percent

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 of Mexico have plummeted by 99 percent over the past 40 years as a result of overfishing and bycatch — the capture of non-target fish and ocean wildlife.


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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 dusky sharks

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.


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