Sometimes it feels like the world is advancing at an unprecedented rate, but that isn’t always a bad thing and in this case it is actually very positive. In April, the Nature Conservancy and scientists in the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation area tagged ten endangered Hawksbills with GPS trackers and have been collecting data on them ever since.
Entries in marine conservation (42)
A group of marine biologists stand in full protective gear surveying the scene in front of them, which is something of a mess. The 15-meter long sperm whale carcass, which is draped across the Tainan coastline, would be a cause for attention on most days, but this whale is about to achieve a level of notoriety that most others have not. It is full of plastic.
With great power comes great responsibility, and these are five famous faces that take that notion very seriously, using their influence and reach to bring global issues to the forefront.
It is seen as one of the most fearsome marine predators on the planet, and recent incidents at SeaWorld, as well as the 2013 documentary Blackfish, have thrust it into the limelight, but just how much do we know about the killer whale?
Coral reefs are the reason many people try diving. They are a source of income for tourism but also for local fisheries. They are home to a quarter of the ocean’s fish. And they are under serious threat due to the third wave of coral bleaching.
The plight of tuna fish is becoming worse and worse. Despite its place as a household-favourite the saltwater-swimmer is becoming increasingly endangered due to illegal and unsustainable fishing.This week Greenpeace released their Tinned Tuna League Table which highlights some big name brands who are only adding to tuna’s troubles.
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They may be found in every ocean on Earth, but jellyfish are still some of the most mystifying creatures in the world. Often underestimated, these animals harbour some of nature’s most innovative adaptive techniques – here are a few facts you may not know about jellyfish.
Volunteering at the local food shelter or RSPCA, which is very noble and helps your community. But once you are ready to leave home and travel, you can still volunteer and help out across the world. Whether in a community or with wildlife, or even putting your teaching or medical skills to work, there is always someone who will embrace it and be grateful for your help.
Captive rehabilitation is often promoted as a good deed with the animals’ wellbeing in mind and a way of saving stranded dolphins so that they can be released back into the wild. Unfortunately that is not the whole story. Many dolphins never leave captivity once they have been “rescued” due to the low success rate of captive rehabilitation. Marine mammals such as dolphins simply aren’t made for life behind bars.
Despite the horrific exploitation of Blue Whales since the 1930s; hunted for their meat and blubber by Russian fleets, recent research has shown that numbers are on the rise again, reaching around a mere 97% fight back from their previous numbers (500). This said, there is still cause of concern towards the probability of ship strikes that would directly impact upon cherished numbers and therefore populations may remain unstable still.