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Ocean Roundup: Sand Tiger Shark Embryos Found to Eat Each Other, Wind Turbines Could Weaken Hurricane Intensity, and More

Sand tiger shark embryos engage in cannibalism

A sand tiger shark. Sand tiger shark embryos engage in cannibalism. (Photo: Mark Turner / Flickr Creative Commons)

- New research shows that young sea stars (Asterias rubens) in the Baltic Sea are more vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification than adults. The scientists found that young sea stars grew slower and ate less under more acidic conditions. Science World Report


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Meet a Tiny Crab Species That’s Not into Long-Term Relationships

Tiny crabs found to not be faithful to their mates

Planes minutus crab living on a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). New research shows that another small crab species (Planes major) that also hitches rides on loggerheads may engage in “risky behavior.” (Photo: BMC Ecology / Flickr Creative Commons)

A tiny crab species, commonly known as flotsam crabs, have quite the luxurious lifestyle. They spend most of their lives hitching free rides on loggerhead sea turtles, catching views of the open ocean as they travel safely nestled between their carapaces and tails. Here, they’re offered safety from predators, and typically ride along with a mate to reproduce and have a friend.


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Oceana Magazine: Q&A with Justin Winters, Executive Director of Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Justin Winters is the executive director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Justin Winters, executive director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Earlier this year, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gave a $3 million grant to Oceana, playing a crucial role in helping Oceana advance conservation efforts in both the Pacific and Arctic oceans. This Q&A with Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation executive director Justin Winters explores why the Foundation chose to partner with Oceana. This piece was originally published in the summer 2014 issue of Oceana magazine. Take a look below to learn more.


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Video: Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks up for the Planet at UN Climate Summit

Leonardo DiCaprio Spoke at the UN Climate Summit

Leonardo DiCaprio speaking at the UN Climate Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York City. (Photo: The Daily Conversation / YouTube)

Earlier this week, actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders at the opening of the UN Climate Summit about climate change. His moving speech noted that clear evidence of climate change is in effect, ranging from shifting weather patterns to acidifying oceans, and urged these leaders to step up and take action before it’s too late.


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Ocean Roundup: Gulf Businesses Won’t Return BP Payouts, Whales May Have More than One Spleen, and More

Some whales may have more than one spleen

A humpback whale. Some humpback whale specimens had more than one spleen. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons)

- California’s Dungeness crab fishery is one of the state’s most valuable fisheries, but many of the crab traps get lost at sea. Some commercial fishermen in that industry recently paired with the University of California Davis to collect old derelict traps, and have caught 556 since July. Phys.org


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Will EU Member States Live Up To Their Common Fisheries Policy Commitments?

European Union nations have commitments to Common Fisheries Policy

Fishing vessels off the port of Gilleleje, Denmark. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

Earlier this month, Oceana joined European Union nations and other groups at the Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum to discuss restoring Baltic fisheries. This blog, which will appeal to fishery and policy lovers, discusses the difficulties EU Member States face as they near 2015, the year Member States have committed to rebuild fish stocks in the EU. This blog originally appeared on Oceana in Europe’s blog. Take a look below to learn more.


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President Obama Designates World’s Largest Marine Protected Area in Pacific Ocean

President Obama Designates World’s Largest Marine Protected Area

Coral at Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge, one of the areas protected under President Obama’s designation. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Flickr Creative Commons)

In a big move for the oceans, President Obama announced today that he’s creating the world’s largest marine protected area. The move expands the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument by more than six times its original size from nearly 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000. The area will protect Johnston Atoll, Wake Atoll, and Jarvis Island, and keep them off-limits to activities such as commercial fishing and energy exploration.


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