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Ocean Fact O' the Day

Posted Thu, Jan 31, 2008 by nikki

Most shark "attacks" on humans are a mistake, which is why there are so many more bites than fatalities. There are around 350 species of sharks but white, tiger and bull sharks (not nurse sharks like the one in this pic) are the species responsible for the majority of all attacks.

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Ocean Fact O' the Day

Posted Wed, Jan 30, 2008 by nikki

The octopus is considered among the most intelligent inver

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Ocean Fact O' the Day

Posted Tue, Jan 29, 2008 by nikki

Some scientists believe killer whales have calls with unique dialects that vary by pod.

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Next Time Use the Pony Express?

Posted Fri, Jan 25, 2008 by nikki

Who needs a homing pigeon when a sticky flatfish can deliver a message just the same?

It does take a little longer, though, to hand over fanmail from some flounder, as one Japanese girl can attest. But some things are worth the wait.

A fisherman discovered a still-legible letter she sent off inside a red balloon as part her school's anniversary celebration - 15 years ago!

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Endless Ocean, the Video Game!

Posted Tue, Jan 22, 2008 by nikki

For all you gamers-slash-ocean-aficionados out there comes a cool new game for the Wii consul that allows players to explore sea life and search for lost treasure.

Endless Ocean, released today in North America, features a simulated ocean filled with sharks, whales and and all kinds of other ocean life.

Hailed by critics as "the world's most relaxing and beautiful game," Endless Ocean is fun for the whole family (rated E for everyone).

And what's more it brings the beauty of the oceans home. Hopefully more folks will become inspired to help preserve the oceans.

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Extinction of the Leatherback Sea Turtle?

Posted Fri, Jan 18, 2008 by nikki

Scientists in Malaysia are calling the
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Bush: Navy Exempt from Sonar Restrictions

Posted Thu, Jan 17, 2008 by nikki

I've been loosely following developments in the debate about whether or not the Navy should be allowed to use sonar during anti-submarine warfare training exercises and was a bit surprised to learn that President Bush moved to exempt the Navy from the ban.

The news comes only a couple days after an Los Angeles District judge ruled in favor of environmental groups and cetaceans to keep the Navy from using mid-frequency sonar in waters off the coast of Southern California unless operating more than 12 miles from the shore.

For a fairly thorough recount of the dispute, check out Dot Earth by New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin. His posts on the matter have a lot of good background and insight.

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Lucky Pups

Posted Wed, Jan 16, 2008 by nikki

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is surely celebrating after three rehabilitated seal pups were released back into the ocean after being rescued last spring.

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A Sight to Sea

Posted Tue, Jan 15, 2008 by nikki to whales, whaling

The fight over whether whaling should be banned or not heated recently when two anti-whaling activists were detained on a Japanese fishing vessel after boarding the ship without permission to reportedly dispense information.

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