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Trump Administration Cancels Proposed By-catch Limits on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

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Trump Administration Cancels Proposed By-catch Limits on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

Source: Los Angeles Times/Dan Weikel - June 15, 2017

The Trump administration announced Monday that it has canceled proposed limits on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed more…

Whales, Dolphins, and Seals all Descend From Common Land-Dwelling Ancestors

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Whales, Dolphins, and Seals all Descend From Common Land-Dwelling Ancestors

Source: PLOS Blogs/Jon Tennant - May 23, 2017

From the poles to the equator, marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and whales, play an important role in global ecosystems as apex predators, ecosystem more…

Dolphins

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Dolphins

Source: One Species at a Time/Ari Daniel - May 15, 2017

You have probably seen cans of tuna in your local supermarket marked “dolphin safe.” That label means the tuna was fished in a way that more…

Is There a Link Between Space Weather and Animal Beachings? Researchers Launch Study to Find Out

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Is There a Link Between Space Weather and Animal Beachings? Researchers Launch Study to Find Out

Source: Accuweather/Kevin Byrne - March 10, 2017

Powerful geomagnetic storms that erupt in outer space have been known to cause disruptions to power grids, radio communication and satellites that orbit Earth.

But more…

Ribbon Seal Found Far From Home

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Ribbon Seal Found Far From Home

Source: GrindTV/Pete Thomas - August 22, 2016

A rarely seen pinniped that inhabits sub-Arctic and Arctic waters – from the Bering Sea north to the Chukchi Sea – has been spotted 2,000 more…

The Ocean is Too Loud for Dolphins and Whales

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The Ocean is Too Loud for Dolphins and Whales

Source: Newsy/Ethan Weston and Carter Woodiel - July 18, 2016

Our oceans are noisy. The movement of ships, pinging of sonar and whir of propellers are a near constant wherever man is.

And that has more…

Starvation Linked to UK Harbour Porpoise Strandings

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Starvation Linked to UK Harbour Porpoise Strandings

Source: New Scientist/Robin Wylie - May 23, 2016

The number of porpoises starving to death in British waters has risen alarmingly in the 21st century, marine biologists have warned.

Data released this week more…

Vaquita Dolphins Pushed to Brink of Extinction by Fish Poachers in Mexico

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Vaquita Dolphins Pushed to Brink of Extinction by Fish Poachers in Mexico

Source: The Guardian/Ben Goldfarb - March 4, 2016

In 2013, Song Shen Zhen, a 75-year-old resident of Calexico, California, was attempting to re-enter the United States from Mexico when border patrol noticed a strange lump more…

Fishing Line Entanglements Are Lethal for the Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

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Fishing Line Entanglements Are Lethal for the Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

Source: CBC News - January 18, 2016

The latest technology in fishing line is proving dangerous to the North Atlantic right whale, and could lead to its demise in the Gulf of more…

El Niño Wreaks Havoc on California Seals and Sea Lions

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El Niño Wreaks Havoc on California Seals and Sea Lions

Source: The Guardian/Oliver Milman - January 5, 2016

The warming of the Pacific Ocean caused by the El Niño climate event is “causing havoc” among marine animals off California’s coast, with unprecedented numbers more…