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  • Deepwater Horizon´s one-year anniversary: Not much to celebrate

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 27, 2011

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico turned one year old last week – but this was a birthday that no one celebrated. In addition to human lives, the spill has devastated ocean life: thousands of dead seabirds, stranded turtles, dead oyster beds, mysteriously disappearing dolphins, and plummeting crab catches have been observed.

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  • Cualerpa salad and Lionfish ceviche, anyone?

    Author: Veronica Lo (Volunteer)
    Date: April 20, 2011

    Normally, a thick meadow of lush algae is what you´d expect to see in healthy, thriving ocean ecosystems, right? Actually, it depends on the species. It´s certainly not a good sign if that green carpet turns out to be Cualerpa taxifolia, one of the deadliest invaders of the Mediterranean.

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  • What lies beneath: Mysterious species in our fascinating oceans

    Author: Veronica Lo (Volunteer)
    Date: April 15, 2011

    Humpedback Angler Fish (courtesy of Clark)We all know that our oceans are home to a dazzling and diverse array of animals like dolphins, whales, fish and corals. But have you heard of ghost shrimp, giant spiny lobster, yeti crab or xenophyophores? These are just a few of many recently discovered species in our oceans, unveiled by the Census of Marine Life. In a span of ten years, more than 6000 potentially new species have been discovered in this global effort to determine the extent of biodiversity in our oceans.

    It seems there is no limit to the extreme environments these strange, brave creatures call home. Many nooks and crannies of our oceans are occupied – including rocky seamount slopes, deep ocean trenches devoid of light,

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  • Exploring the Baltic Sea: Aaaaand we’re off!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 11, 2011

    You may remember when we introduced you to our new office in Copenhagen. Well the good news keeps on coming!

     A few days ago, we launched a 2 month long Baltic Sea expedition – and we want you to be able to share in the experience. That is why we’ve created a special section of our website that will include the latest pictures and updates, including on-board diaries, from our experts!

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  • We need your help

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: April 7, 2011

    OCEANASo here’s the deal: Oceana is participating in a contest hosted by National Geographic Germany – and we need your help for a chance to win €30,000 for our work to protect the Balearic Seamounts.

    Since some of you may not speak German, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of what you need to do to vote for our project:

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  • How Might Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Affect the Oceans?


    Date: April 4, 2011

    Many of you have inquired via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail about how the Japanese nuclear crisis is affecting the oceans and marine life. There are still a lot of question marks, but here’s what our scientists have to say.

    How it could affect marine life in general:

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  • Protecting the Marine Area of the Canary Islands

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 31, 2011

    Today was a big day for us – we presented our proposal to protect 15% of the marine area around the Canary Islands. If our proposal is accepted, it would multiply the current protected area by 100.

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  • Under the Sea in the Canary Islands

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 18, 2011

    Even though we’ve been conducting at-sea expeditions for years, the incredible beauty of what lies beneath the waves still takes our breath away.

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  • Japan: How to Help

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 14, 2011

    Like many of you we’ve been glued to the television watching the news about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week leaving destruction and death in its wake.

    The fate of several damaged nuclear power plants are now a cause of great concern and explosions and radiation leaks are being closely monitored.

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  • Protecting the Seamounts in the Channel of Mallorca

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: March 11, 2011

    OCEANAOur photographer captured this amazing shot of a golden anemone last year in Cap Blanc, Mallorca (Balearic Islands).

    Last week the Spanish and Balearic governments announced their commitment to protect the seamounts of the Channel of Mallorca – one of the areas in the Spanish Mediterranean with the highest biodiversity levels.

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