1. Jean Beasley, founder of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island, North Carolina is Oceana’s 2013 Ocean Hero. Since 2007, her rescue center has rehabilitated and released more than 300 sea turtles back into the wild. The 2013 junior Ocean Heroes are Rory and Maeve McCracken of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The siblings started kidslovethegulf.org to encourage other kids to get involved in gulf restoration efforts. They also wrote and published their own book, G is for Gulf. Ocean Heroes are chosen by Oceana’s Wavemakers in an online election. See more at oceana.org/en/living-blue/ocean-heroes.
2. In July, the Basque regional government supported the designation of Jaizkibel as special area of conservation in Spain. Oceana has fought for increased protections for this special place since 2010.
3. Oceana extends a warm welcome to two new board members, Loic Gouzer and Diana Thompson. Gouzer is an art specialist at Christie’s Auction House and an avid ocean conservationist. Diana Thomson is the chair of the Nikita Foundation, a Toronto-based charity that supports initiatives in the areas of health, education, and environmental protection.
4. “iCarly” and “Despicable Me” star Miranda Cosgrove swam with dolphins to film a new Oceana public service announcement about how seismic airguns will harm marine mammals. Visit oceana.org/dolphinsong to see Miranda’s video and learn what the noise is all about.
5. Oceana explorers co-discovered a new species of giant protozoon, or single-celled organism, on an expedition to the Seco de Palos seamount, off the coast of Spain, in 2012. Named Spiculosiphon oceana, the five-centimeter protozoan is especially unique because it imitates a carnivorous sponge. The discovery was recently published in the scientific journal Zootaxa.
6. In August, Oceana prevented the construction of a coal-fired power plant that threatened ocean fisheries in Chile. The proposed Punta Alcalde Power Plant would have used vast quantities of seawater as coolant, killing millions of tiny fish larvae in the process. It also would have dumped hot water back into the ocean, further damaging the local ecosystem. Oceana filed an injunction with the national Court of Appeals and won. The company, Endesa, and the government have appealed, and the case is now currently in the Chilean Supreme Court.