Check out this video of the actors from â€śThe Officeâ€ť discussing their summer vacation plans.
At the end Angela Kinsey, who plays the uptight Angela Martin on the show, gives Oceana a shout-out. No idea what sheâ€™s talking about? For now, Iâ€™ll just say Angela Kinsey + Rachael Harris + sea turtles = awesome. More on that at a later dateâ€¦
Itâ€™s the last day to vote for your favorite finalist to receive this yearâ€™s Ocean Hero award!
All of this yearâ€™s adult and junior finalists are stellar -- if you checked out any of the profiles I wrote on the blog this month Iâ€™m sure you agree. From young shark and sea turtle activists to a sustainable seafood power couple and an ocean trash blogger, all of our finalists deserve plaudits.
Weâ€™ll announce the winners on the fast-approaching World Oceans Day, June 8.
This yearâ€™s winners (one adult and one junior) will each receive a $200 gift card and Raiatea binoculars from West Marine, a $500 gift card from Nautica, and a trip to the World Oceans Day with Nautica and GQ party in Los Angeles on June 8.
As BP prepares its â€śtop killâ€ť maneuver to stanch the Deepwater Horizonâ€™s leak, oil continues to hit Louisianaâ€™s wetlands and beaches, fouling sensitive habitats and marine life.
Officials reported yesterday that more than 300 sea birds, nearly 200 sea turtles and 19 dolphins have been found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast since the spill started more than a month ago.
As a result, the images coming out of the gulf are increasingly heartbreaking, like these photos of the spill and its victims from Boston.com.
Oceana pollution campaign director Jackie Savitz was on the Diane Rehm show this morning for a second time since the spill discussing the long-term environmental consequences of the oil spill. Jackie was joined by Douglas Rader from the Environmental Defense Fund, Carys Louise Mitchelmore of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and William Hogarth from the University of South Florida. Have a listen here.
If you havenâ€™t already, help us reach our goal of 500,000 petition signatures: tell Obama and Congress to stop offshore drilling today, and spread the word.
A few oil spill updates for you today:
BPâ€™s new video of the gusher
Though BP has been celebrating the first successful attempt to redirect oil to a tanker using a siphon, Senator Bill Nelson posted new BP footage that tells a different story. And disturbingly, reports are emerging that BP has been preventing journalists from documenting the spill.
Most people wouldn't think of turtle excluder devices as joke fodder, but this week and next cartoonist Jim Toomey is devoting his comic strip, â€śShermanâ€™s Lagoon,â€ť to sea turtles and those life-saving devices found in some fishing nets.
For the uninitiated, â€śShermanâ€™s Lagoon,â€ť which appears in more than 250 newspapers in the U.S. and around the world, features a shark named Sherman and his sea turtle sidekick Fillmore. They and a cast of other reef dwellers try to get along while fighting the degradation of the oceans.
Itâ€™s hard to believe it has been almost a month since the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank, and yet this weekend was the first sign of any kind of progress to contain the disaster bleeding into the Gulf.
Using a mile-long â€śinsertion tubeâ€ť to siphon the oil to a tanker ship, BP captured some of the oil gushing from the Gulf of Mexico seabed -- though the company still hasn't made any progress toward actually stopping the flow.
Scientists from NOAA are worried that the still-gushing oil spill will enter the powerful Loop Current, if it hasnâ€™t already, which would take it through the biodiverse barrier reef that makes up the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.
This is the eighth in a series of posts about this yearâ€™s Ocean Hero finalists.
Gillnet fisheries use hundreds of yards of fishing net that remain in the water for days or longer, ensnaring sea turtles and other species incidentally.
Carolyn was inspired to act after visiting Jean Beasleyâ€™s sea turtle hospital in Topsail Island, NC several years ago. She decided to undertake a grass roots advocacy effort to help save sea turtles as her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
This is the sixth in a series of posts about the Ocean Heroes finalists.
Weâ€™re wrapping up our week of Adult Ocean Hero finalists with Dr. Wallace â€śJ.â€ť Nichols.
J.â€™s love of sea turtles started when he was a kid, growing out of a dual obsession with dinosaurs and the ocean.
That curious kid grew up to become an ocean activist and Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 50 scientific papers, book chapters, articles and reports on sea turtle ecology and ocean conservation. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Time and Newsweek, among others.
While oil-covered birds have become an emblematic image of catastrophic oil spills, sea birds arenâ€™t the only ones affected. Oil is extremely toxic to all wildlife, and the toxic effects on marine life begins as soon as the oil hits the water.
Here are 10 examples of how marine life may be affected by the Gulf spill in the coming days, weeks and years
A few days ago, more than 20 dead Kemp's ridley sea turtles washed up on Mississippiâ€™s shores. While there is no evidence the deaths are linked to the oil spill, the incident may be merely foreshadowing whatâ€™s to come for sea turtles in the Gulf.
Sea turtles come to the surface to breathe, and NOAA reports that between 30 and 50 sea turtles (species unknown) were seen swimming yesterday in or near the oil spill. It may be only a matter of time until we see oiled turtles stranded on beaches as well.
Kempâ€™s ridleys, the smallest and most threatened sea turtle in the world, typically spend their entire lives in the Gulf of Mexico, nesting only on beaches in Mexico and southern Texas, giving them the name the â€śGulfâ€™s Sea Turtleâ€ť. And right now is the peak migration season for the turtles as they return to their nesting grounds.