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Marine Mammals

Why The Arctic Ocean And Wildlife Warrant Special International Protection

Dr. Kristen McDonald | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Kristen McDonald

Amidst the recent troubling news that Shell Oil has received conditional approval to drill in Arctic waters, a separate, critical victory for the larger Arctic ecosystem was overshadowed.

Dolphins Form Complex Social Networks, According To New Study

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green

Dolphins -- they're just like us. According to a study recently published in the journal Marine Mammal Science, bottlenose dolphins cluster into u...

A Taste of Spring by the Adriatic Sea

Christina Pacella | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Christina Pacella

Porto San Giorgio, Marche, Italy, The Adriatic Sea Last week was like spring in Italy! I was able to enjoy long, relaxing walks by the seashore....

This Movie Is An Important Reminder That Not Every Environmental Story Is Bad News

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green

With so many of the world's biggest environmental stories dominated by degradation, loss and rapid change, it can be quite relieving to get a little b...

Washington State Mulls Ban On Killer Whale Capture

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green

By Laura Zuckerman Feb 5 (Reuters) - Washington state senators held a hearing on Thursday to consider banning the increasingly controv...

Spotted: Mysterious Whale Makes Rare Appearance In Hawaii

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green

Whale season in Hawaii usually means majestic humpbacks bumping into boats or swimming with dolphins, but the Aloha State is also home to a more myste...

March for Orcas: Free a Whale From Solitary Confinement

Brenda Peterson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

For these highly intelligent, socially sophisticated, and family-loving orcas, we can do so much better than continuing to enslave and teach our children that these sentient fellow creatures should be captive in cement bathtubs for life.

Endangered Monk Seals Are Making A Very Cute Comeback

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green

Hawaiian monk seal births are on the rise, according to The Marine Mammal Center. The species is considered critically endangered, with fewer than ...

Build an Ark for Animals: Churches Go Green

Brenda Peterson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Brenda Peterson

Bleary-eyed, I grab my bedside binoculars. Sure enough, a huge and healthy seal is resting on the floating raft we've just anchored in Seattle's Salish Sea.

Navy War Games in Alaska Would Impact Thousands of Marine Mammals

Richard Steiner | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

While it is important for the Navy to maintain readiness, its proposed war-games in the Gulf of Alaska would be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and would cause too many impacts to marine mammals.

How This Boomer Pursues His Passion Without Sacrificing His Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Career reinventions in and past mid-life are successful when they reflect authentic passions, commitments, concerns and issues. At this point in our lives and careers, we need to acknowledge who we are, what we're good at, and what kind of legacy we want to leave. But this does not mean that we have to necessarily turn our backs on our current careers.

This Adorable Baby Sea Lion Needed Help, So It Hopped On A Surf Board

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.07.2014 | Green

Stephanie Schechter was having a pretty ordinary spring day, up until a sea lion pup jumped up onto her surfboard. It was early April, and after cl...

Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

Joel Reynolds | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Among a wide range of potential harms, scientists have found that high-powered Navy sonar disrupts blue whale feeding, halting their deep-foraging dives, displacing them from krill patches, and silencing their calls.

Obama Takes Bold Action to Protect Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As the summer arrives and millions of Americans head to the coast, we can all feel proud that our nation has the wisdom to preserve our ocean riches. The plan President Obama announced today will set a new record for marine protection and set the stage for more action in U.S. waters and around the globe.

6 Things You Need To Know About Whale Watching

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green

There's a right way to go whale watching and there's a wrong way to go whale watching. If your tour boat bumps into a whale in the open ocean and the ...

National Aquarium Considers Scrapping Dolphin Exhibit, Citing Concerns About Animals' Well-Being

The Baltimore Sun | YVONNE WENGER | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green

The National Aquarium announced Wednesday that it is considering no longer having dolphins on exhibit, putting the popular Inner Harbor attraction at ...

Four Years After the BP Oil Spill, Hope for a Full Recovery in the Gulf Remains Strong Despite Slow Progress

Kara Lankford | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Kara Lankford

To restore the Gulf will take a comprehensive, holistic approach. We have to mitigate the environmental effects of the oil spill as well correct for prior problems triggered by stressors.

In the Darkened Sea, a Deaf Whale Is a Dead Whale

Pierce Brosnan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Pierce Brosnan

Must whales and dolphins be subjected to deafening noise that will cause more than 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss?

Unbelievable Dolphin Discovery Made At Wildlife Park

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A pregnant bottlenose dolphin found to be communicating with her unborn calf at a wildlife amusement park has caught the attention of marine researche...

Sorry, But I Won't Be Visiting SeaWorld Anytime Soon

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.11.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Even though I am a teenager in Chicago, I believe I can make a difference. And that's to stop feeding into this multi-billion dollar industry.

Manatees Are The Squishy-Faced Friends You Always Wanted

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

Although you might want to be besties with these manatees, perhaps a long-distance friendship would be better for everyone. Manatees are often call...

Why Basically All The Fish We Eat Violates Federal Law

Alison Spiegel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A new study [pdf] by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals a startling truth about the seafood that Americans eat: more than 91 percent...

Imported Seafood Comes With a Price: Dead Whales and Dolphins

Peter Lehner | Posted 03.09.2014 | Green
Peter Lehner

When fishing gear scoops up, hooks, entangles, or otherwise harms another creature not destined for market, it's called bycatch: an innocuous term for a senseless waste of marine life. Bycatch occurs all over the world's oceans on a massive scale.

Happy Birthday California Marine Network!

Francesca Koe | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Francesca Koe

This year I am very happy to reflect on an awesome milestone for our oceans -- the one year anniversary of a complete network of marine parks and reserves, dotted brilliantly along the California coast, 124 strong.

Crybaby Seal Won't Stop Fussing

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

Come on baby, you can do it! This fussy seal pup was recently weaned by its mother, and is on its own to learn how to swim and survive in the wild...