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Marine Mammals

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...

Toddler Learns A Lesson About Making Friends With Whales

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.01.2013 | Parents

This toddler just learned firsthand that beluga whales can be mischievous playmates. It seems the pair are developing a special bond; the little bo...

A Little Too Close For Comfort

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

It's one thing to get a high-five from a dog, but a whole other thing to get one from a ginormous humpback whale. Though it does not seem like the...

Seal Caught In Buoy Line Gets A Helping Hand

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.23.2013 | Good News

We can't all be rescuing adorable sea creatures from fishing traps on the daily, but it warms our hearts to know that there are people out there who c...

This Playful Platypus Is One Happy Girl

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green

What do you get when you cross a duck with an otter with food and a belly rub? One very blissed out little platypus! Via Cute Creatures Great ...

WATCH: Rescued Sea Lions Go Home

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green

When a group of hurt and abandoned sea lions washed up on the shore, the ORCA conservation group in Peru swooped in to nurse them back to health. The ...

Whales, Dolphins Need a Break From Deadly Navy Blasts

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions got a good break this week when a judge told a federal wildlife agency it's not doing enough to protect them from Navy war exercises along the West Coast.

There's Nothing Sweet About a Spill in Honolulu's Waters

Courtney Perry | Posted 11.13.2013 | Hawaii
Courtney Perry

How could this happen? What precautionary measures were not taken to prevent an accident like this? And perhaps the most important question of all, what now?

Dolphin Captivity in India: To Ban or Not to Ban

Ric O’Barry | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Ric O’Barry

The fact that India is considering a prohibition on captivity is very significant to the global dolphin welfare movement, and falls in line with India's long-held culture of compassion towards animals.

Whales Should Not Have to Suffer and Die for Military Practice

Pierce Brosnan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Green
Pierce Brosnan

The U.S. Navy has new plans for testing and training exercises with sonar and explosives -- and those plans spell disaster for whales. Now is the time for concerned citizens to come to their defense.

He Flew Away

Glen Martin | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Glen Martin

Rich Stallcup, one of the great ornithologists of his generation, died in December from leukemia at the age of 67. He had a certain aversion for publicity, and his life somehow mimicked the existence of the birds he so loved: intensely pursued, with a graceful passing.

The New Wave for Women and Girls: IN Mermaids, OUT Vampires

Brenda Peterson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Books
Brenda Peterson

It's not that I didn't like vampires; it's just that I didn't get why a woman would want her life's blood drained away to spend her eternal life with a dead man. Too much like some of my own relationships. Not my idea of romance.

Whale Calls Meet Citizen Science

Laela Sayigh | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science
Laela Sayigh

Based on our visual assessments of similarity, we had found evidence for repeated call types, which had not been previously reported for pilot whales. However, to make the case, we really needed to see how generalizable our classifications were.

Of Little Fish, Cute Mammals, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Glen Martin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Green
Glen Martin

A recent statement sounded alarms over declining Pacific herring stocks. Why such a big fuss over such tiny fish? As well as constituting the basis for idiosyncratic pizzas, these fish are critical forage for a great number of other marine species.

WATCH: Magical Moment Dolphin Gives Birth To Calf Captured On Video

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green

Have you ever wondered how dolphins are born? Well, this mind-blowing, underwater video gives curious viewers a chance to see a mama dolphin giving bi...

SeaWorld Appeal Fails in Orca Trainer Death

David Kirby | Posted 09.17.2012 | Green
David Kirby

SeaWorld has lost its attempt to appeal a scathing May 31 verdict from a federal law judge before the three-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).

Do My Eyes Deceive Me? A Captain's View of Dolphin Health in the Gulf

Lori DeAngelis | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Lori DeAngelis

Dolphins are the ocean's most intelligent creatures, and they are not so different from us. As we have struggled to survive the economic impacts of the BP disaster, dolphins too are under increasing stress to provide food for their families.

Labor Department Fires Warning Shot At Animal Entertainment Industry

David Kirby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

OSHA's obligation is to protect all employees against any unnecessary risks. And if that means putting a physical barrier between human workers and potentially lethal animals, the Feds are saying so be it.

Dolphins Engage In 'Extensive Bisexuality' And 'Periods Of Exclusive Homosexuality,' Study Finds

Posted 03.29.2012 | Gay Voices

Dolphins were once humorously alluded to as "gay sharks" on an episode of "Glee," but a new study suggests that bisexuality and even homosexuality amo...

Wildlife Rehab Success Story: A Seal Pup Comes Home

Brenda Peterson | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Brenda Peterson

It was late last summer when a very thin and sick seal pup struggled onshore in West Seattle, Washington.

Does This Animal Deserve Rights?

Posted 02.23.2012 | Green

By Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer: VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Orcas mourn their dead, right whales have accents and dolphins like to ...

Who's Shooting Sea Lions? How We Scapegoat Animals

Brenda Peterson | Posted 04.07.2012 | Green
Brenda Peterson

"We'll all stay... until... he doesn't need us anymore," my neighbor said. "Good," Bob nodded in satisfaction. "Call me back when it's over and I'll take him in for necropsy. We want to report this violence and maybe find out who did it."