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Bowhead Whale

The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) is a baleen whale of the right whale family Balaenidae in suborder Mysticeti. A stocky dark-colored whale without a dorsal fin, it can grow to 20 m (66 ft) in length. This thick-bodied species can weigh 75 tonnes (74 long tons; 83 short tons) to 100 tonnes (98 long tons; 110 short tons),[3] second only to the blue whale, although the bowhead's maximum length is less than several other whales.

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It's #ManateeAppreciationDay  

The Florida manatee lives in freshwater, brackish, and marine habitats, including coastal tidal rivers and streams, mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and freshwater springs. Submerged, emergent, and floating vegetation are their preferred foods. During the winter, cold temperatures keep the population concentrated in peninsular Florida and many manatees rely on the warm water from natural springs and power plant outfalls. During the summer they expand their range and on rare occasions are seen as far north as Rhode Island on the Atlantic coast and possibly as far west as Texas on the Gulf coast.

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+Sea Shepherd continues the chase of pirate fishing vessel 'Thunder'

The chase started before Christmas in Antarctic waters and is now nearing the equator in the Atlantic Ocean. Believed to be the longest illegal fishing vessel chase in history at more than 100 days, we look forward to justice being served and these illegal fishermen answering for their crimes.

Keep up the great work, Sea Shepherd!

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Shell Moves Rigs, Expects Government Approval for Arctic Drilling

Shell is shuffling their drilling assets in anticipation of a favorable ruling from the US Government to drill in Chukchi Sea north of Alaska this summer.

"Shell’s first major obstacle could be cleared later this month, as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is tasked with deciding whether to affirm, modify or void the 2008 lease sale at which the company spent $2.1 billion buying its existing drilling leases."

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Sperm Whales

Physeter catodon, the sperm whale, is the largest toothed predator on Earth. Males can be over 18m long, weighing up to 50,000kg.Mature female sperm whales tend to live in social groups of up to 15 mature females and their offspring, whereas mature males live alone or in smaller groups.The sperm whale is listed as vunerable to extinction by the IUCN. Commercial whaling was the biggest threat to this species.

Sperm whales live in either nursery or bachelor groups. Nursery groups consist of a number of adult females and immature males and females. Males leave these groups when they become mature and join bachelor groups, which consist of males of 7 to 27 years of age. Older males live in small groups or singly, and visit nursery groups to mate with females during the breeding season. Most groups of sperm whales tend to number between 10 and 15 individuals. Sperm whales use echolocation to find their prey in the dark ocean depths. When foraging, powerful sound waves are emitted from the large head; these can stun and even kill the squid, octopuses and fish on which they feed. These whales make deep dives to depths of up to 3,000 meters (almost 2 miles) that can last as long as two hours. This is the deepest dive made by any species of mammal. Males reach maturity at 10 years of age, but they do not begin to mate until they are around 19 years old and a length of 13 metres. Females become mature at between 7 and 11 years, when they are around nine metres in length. A single calf is born between July and November after a gestation period of around 16 months. The calf is suckled for up to two years. Groups of females protect their young by adopting a defensive 'marguerite formation' in which the calves are placed in the centre of the group surrounded by a circle of females, facing tail outwards.

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Green Sea Turtles

Green sea turtles are one of the largest and most widespread of all the marine turtles. The oval carapace varies from olive to brown, grey and black with swirls and irregular patters, but the common name is derived from the green colour of the fat and connective tissues of this species. Two subspecies are currently recognised; the Pacific green turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizii) tends to be smaller than its Atlantic cousin (C. m. mydas) with a narrower carapace that may sometimes be completely black, providing the other common name of 'black turtle' to certain populations. The plastron, or undershell, remains a pale yellow or orange throughout life. Males are generally smaller than females , and green turtles differ in appearance from other marine turtles by the possession of a single pair of scales in front of the eyes and a serrated bottom jaw. The tiny black hatchlings are only around 50 millimetres long.

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Greg Stone, +Conservation International's Chief Scientist, spoke with +OceanAmp about their latest campaign  #NatureIsSpeaking  

Every time that hashtag is used, a donation is made for conservation efforts worldwide. Spread the news and join the cause!
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Shortsnouted Whitebelly Dolphin

This tropical dolphin was scientifically described in 1956 from an individual washed up on a beach in Borneo, but was not actually recorded alive until the 1970s. Fraser's dolphin can be identified by its stocky body and short beak, and by its small flippers, tail fin and triangular or slightly curved dorsal fin. The body bears a striking colour pattern, but one that varies with both age and sex. The back is brownish-grey, the lower sides of the body cream-coloured, and the belly is white or pink. A prominent black stripe runs along the side of the body from the eye to the anus; in adult males this is thick, while in adult females it is variable and in young dolphins the stripe is faint or completely absent. The same pattern occurs with a black stripe on the face; this is absent in calves and variable in females, while on adult males it is extensive and merges with the body stripe to form a 'bandit mask'.

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Bowhead Whale

The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) is a baleen whale of the right whale family Balaenidae in suborder Mysticeti. A stocky dark-colored whale without a dorsal fin, it can grow to 20 m (66 ft) in length. This thick-bodied species can weigh 75 tonnes (74 long tons; 83 short tons) to 100 tonnes (98 long tons; 110 short tons), second only to the blue whale, although the bowhead’s maximum length is less than several other whales.

Check out the story in The Daily Catch

Photo: Day Donaldson/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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The former residents of the Bikini Atoll were first displaced by radiation when the United States decided to test nuclear weapons in the middle of their island paradise. Now, Bikinians are being forced to move again due to the rising seas and more frequent and powerful storms resulting from climate change.

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Joash was 20-years-old when she left Bikini. She has been forced to relocate by radiation or unsuitable living conditions five times – including a brief...
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Pacific Bluefin Tuna

The bluefin tunas are among the largest and fastest open ocean fishes and are important economically and culturally in many parts of the world. There are three species of bluefin tuna- the prized and endangered Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus), the widespread but similarly overfished Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis), and the smaller but also tasty Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus mccoyi). Bluefin tunas are spectacular swimming machines with torpedo-shaped, streamlined bodies built for speed and high-powered muscle and tendon systems that have evolved for high endurance. Bluefin tunas are warm-blooded, a rare trait among fish, and are thus able to adjust their body temperature, keeping their body temperatures higher than the surrounding water, which is why they are so well adapted to cooler ocean waters. Bluefin tunas are considered exceptionally good to eat, particularly by those who enjoy various forms of raw fish such as sushi and sashimi, and all species of bluefin tuna are pursued constantly by the fishing industry and by sport fishermen. As a result, overfishing throughout their range has driven their numbers to critically low levels. Some populations of bluefin tuna are thought be extinct and others are critically endangered.

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