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Marine Mammals

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

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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...

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.