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Marine Life Top of CITES Meeting Agenda

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Gulf Oil a Looming Threat to Marine Life

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So far, we're not seeing the large-scale impact of this oil spill on marine life. Scientists fear the oil will make it difficult for marine animals to obtain the oxygen they need to survive. Tags: oil drilling marine life marine animals 2010 oil spill But there are concerns out there. It may not be immediate, like oil-coated birds, but slower and more subtle, like the effect on oxygen levels in the sea. This is a complex ecosystem we're dealing with.

Reduce Plastics in Order to Save Marine Life

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Marine life. The protection of marine animals may fall under "environmentalism," but these are artificial divisions. Here's a short opinion piece on plastics and marine life. Tags: oceans marine life environment plastic I am one of those people that will pick up disgusting plastic bags just lying on the streets and throw them away. First of all, it's gross (find your own planet to dump your trash on), but it's also dangerous for animals.

Possible New Sonar Rules to Protect Marine Life

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The use of sonar is controversial because of its harmful effects on marine life such as whales. The goal is to decrease the harm that sonar does to marine mammals. The National Marine Fisheries Service and Navy expect to make a joint decision on such measures by the end of the year, NMFS spokesman Peter Fischel said. Tags: seattle navy marine life whales pacific northwest

Canada's Marineland Under Scrutiny for Poor Animal Care

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canada animal abuse marine life marine animals entertainment OrcasAllegations are that sea animals are not being well-cared for at this Niagara Falls resort.

Dolphins Threatened by Australian Oil Spill

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The World Wildlife Fund has reported that dolphins and other marine life have been swimming around in an oil spill off the coast of Australia. Tags: australia dolphin oil spill marine life There have not been many deaths yet, but the toxicity could lead to long-term health effects for the animals.

Dead Whale in Washington State Had Golf Ball in Stomach

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oceans whale State of Washington marine life marine animals pollutionIt's just another sign of the garbage we throw into the oceans. There was also some plastic and pieces of rope, but there's no determination of what may have actually killed it. It was not emaciated so it's still a mystery as to whether what it consumed played a factor in its death. Full story here in Washington Post.

SeaWorld Upset by Dophin Slaughter Film "The Cove"

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Pollution Leads to Cancer in Marine Animals

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Humans are already responsible for marine animal habitat loss and overhunting. Marine animals are getting cancer as an indirect result of our pollution of the oceans. Tags: oceans marine life pollution We are now responsible for another problem.disease.

WA State Troopers Accused of Clubbing Seagulls

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Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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It's the same problem with marine life. Tags: marine life marine animals endangered species We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly.

Dead Sea Turtles Near Oil Spill Site

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Another Depressing Oil Spill Story!

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Scientists studying the massive BP oil spill fear a decades-long, “cascading” effect on marine life that could lead to a shift in the overall biological network in the Gulf of Mexico. Tags: marine life 2010 oil spill pollution Gulf of Mexico It's the "gift" that keeps on giving. From the Khaleej Times Online/AFP.

Seattle People Helping Protect Seal Pups

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Britain and France to Support Ban on Bluefish Tuna Sales

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Marine Litter is Devastating Oceans

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Abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10 percent of all marine litter. Tags: oceans marine life environment pollution And the problem is getting worse as we continue overfishing the oceans. It's easy to overlook ocean issues when there are so many other things to think about. But the oceans are also an ecosystem with living beings.).

Whales Share Some Human Traits, Study Shows

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As the future of whales once more comes under global debate, some scientists say the marine mammals are not only smarter than thought but also share several attributes once claimed as exclusively human. Self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities are a hallmark of cetaceans, an order grouping more than 80 whales, dolphins and porpoises, say marine biologists. Tags: marine life marine animals whales From the AFP.

Dead Marine Animals Showing Up Along Gulf Coast

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Dead Sea Lions in Puget Sound - Again

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The one found in West Seattle was a California sea lion, protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. seattle State of Washington marine life marine animals sea lions puget soundThis has happened before. I don't know whether these are disgruntled fishermen or regular jerks. Here's the whole story from the Washington Post National. Washington wildlife officials say eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks — all apparently shot.

Garbage Found in Dead Whale

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Dutch Whale Denied Freedom; Must Go to Spanish Amusement Park

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captivity spain academic research marine life marine animals entertainment Orcas NetherlandsUnfortunate, but the court decided she would not survive being returned to the wild. Here's an excerpt from the online Boston Globe.

PETA's Orca Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge

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Sea World killer whales lawsuit marine life marine animals Orcas PETA animal lawWell, it's still historic and precedent-setting. Here's hoping we see more of these legal challenges. Full story posted on Global Animal and from the Huffington Post. Do whales deserve constitutional protection against slavery?

Oil Spill in China

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Huang Yong, deputy bureau chief for Dalian, China Maritime Safety Administration, told Dragon TV on Wednesday, "The oil spill will pose a severe threat to marine animals, and water quality, and the sea birds." Tags: oil spill marine life china pollution China is currently experiencing its biggest oil spill ever too. From Today Online. China's largest oil spill has spread to 430 square kilometers (166 square miles) hundreds of clean up workers struggle to cope.

Birds Suffering from Oil Spill

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At Least Five Dead Whales Around Bay Area

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We're definitely seeing an increase in ship strikes - it's awful," said Mary Jane Schramm, spokeswoman for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Tags: california san francisco marine life marine animals whales krill Really sad. It looks like they are getting killed by ships as they try to eat krill.

Sharecropping the Oceans

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All the life in the ocean is simply raw materials for products. All that life for nothing. Lost sea life and a bleak future for the oceans. Tags: oceans corporate lies marine life fishing As someone who used to work for a seafood company, I can tell you these monstrosities are just pillaging our oceans with no care about anything. I don't know how many cases of shrimp, squid, salmon, etc. I had to order dumped because of expiration issues.

Good News About Blue Whales

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Charity Navigator Gives People for Puget Sound "Three Stars"

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We live in Seattle and I think it's very important to remember our oceans and the life that reside there. Tags: oceans marine life donations charities nonprofits I recently signed up with Charity Navigator, an online service that provides financial information about and ratings for specific charities. I'm starting a new mini-feature in which I'm posting about the results of my research into some of the groups I support.

Bush Earns Some Praise for Ocean Protection

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Namely, he established three national marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean. Tags: bush oceans marine life us This blog pounds on George W. Bush a lot. So, to be fair (and balanced!), here's one person who thinks he's done some good stuff for the oceans. This opinion comes from Andrew Sharpless, the CEO for Oceana.it

"The Cove" Continues to Disturb

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If he has his way, the gruesome images of bloody dolphins will keep you from buying a ticket to a marine park, or stepping into a pool of one of those “dolphin encounters” at a tropical resort. Tags: captivity dolphin animal cruelty marine life Japan We posted about this film a while ago, but it is still inspiring news coverage. Clearly, it is disturbing enough to provoke some real discussions about the ethics of dolphins in amusement parks.

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Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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It's in response to the pathetic CITES conference which basically screwed marine animal protection. Nations where livelihoods depend on fishing the tuna and on harvesting other marine species held sway over countries, including the US, that pointed to scientific evidence of drastically dwindling populations. Over the years, environmentalists have learned that arguing solely on behalf of other life forms is not enough. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday.

Ocean Advocacy and Animal Rights

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I understand that they are trying to encourage people to eat fish and other marine life that are not part of a collapsing fishery. I think that ocean life, with the exception of mammals, are often overlooked because they are not the sentient, communicating species that we identify with, like primates, dogs, cats, etc. Tags: oceans marine animals We support two ocean protection organizations: People for Puget Sound (local) and the Ocean Conservancy.

Think Bush Is a Pro-Animal Environmentalist? Think Again!

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According to this AP Newswire issued yesterday: "President Bush exempted the Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training off the California coast — a practice critics say is harmful to whales and other marine mammals. Critics contend sonar has harmful effects on whales, possibly by damaging their hearing, and other marine mammals worldwide.