Resources, Tips, Relevant Blog Posts and Inspiration for Protecting our Ocean Planet…

June 14, 2016: New Zealand Storm Petrel
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The incredible story of the NZ Storm Petrel reminds us that nature is strong and resilient, and that given the chance, even species at the brink of extinction can recover. We just need to make sure we are allowing those processes to … Read More

May 15, 2016: Bluntnose Sixgill Shark
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This Sunday I spent my first morning volunteer shift at the Seattle Aquarium, where I will be dedicating a few hours each week as an educator/interpreter for fun on the side. The Seattle Aquarium has a fascinating history of researching Sixgill … Read More

March 30, 2015: March (Jellyfish) Madness, Part 3- Stop the Jellies!
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Ok guys, we’ve spent two weeks (spread out over four) learning about the causes and effects of ocean acidification; it’s time to talk about some real, everyday, concrete actions we can all take to do our part in protecting our … Read More

March 15, 2016: March (Jellyfish) Madness, Part 2: The Jellyfish Takeover (and other Consequences of Ocean Acidification)
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In Part 1 of March (Jellyfish) Madness, we covered the fundamental basics of ocean acidification. This week we’re back on track with Part 2, which discusses the infamous jellyfish take-over of the global seas, whether ocean acidification is actually to blame, … Read More

March 1, 2016: March (Jellyfish) Madness, Part 1: What is Ocean Acidification?
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Happy March everybody! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by already. In my head I was hoping to kick off 2016 with something out of the ordinary, like a three-part series on highly migratory species, but in all the … Read More

Fast Facts about Marine Conservation
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The ocean covers approximately 70% (roughly 2/3) of the entire planet.   … Less than 3% of the global oceans are protected. Read the IUCN’s article about the status of ocean protection in October 2013 here. … The ocean provides over … Read More

Conservation Resources
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Below are some organizations and web-based resources to help you expand your marine conservation horizons. This page will continue to develop and grow over time, so check back often!   Organizations Working to Protect and Restore the Oceans  (Please note that … Read More

10 Things You can do Now for the Oceans
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One. Vote responsibly and get active in ocean policy: While many people assume that the majority of the ocean is beyond political influence because it is classified as international, there are several governing organizations in charge of regulating human activity … Read More

December 1, 2015: Blue Mussel
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Happy December! If you read last week’s Thanksgiving post,  you may remember learning a bit about Blue Mussels. These well-known coastal invertebrates are easily recognizable by their shimmery-on-the-inside, purple/blue-on-the-outside shells, and are prized the world over as a delicious treat. Not only … Read More

June 9, 2015: Menhaden
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This week, in honor of World Oceans Day, we are having a short break from the June amateur photographer showcase in order to talk about a fish you probably don’t think about often: Menhaden. Although there is enough material on the internet … Read More

October 1st, 2014: Mandarinfish, and the Start of a BIG Month at SCFoW
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October is going to be a huge month for the Sea Creature Fact of the Week. First of all, the two-year anniversary of the newsletter is coming up this month, which is unbelievable. We’re also going to have two consecutive … Read More

August 27, 2014: Green Sea Turtles
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We’ve talked about turtles before because of their magnetoreception abilities, and I’ve featured both Leatherback Sea Turtles and Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, but we haven’t had a post yet about good old Green Sea Turtles– so that’s what you’re getting today. This post … Read More

July 30, 2014: Plastic Pollution, Part 3: Pollution Solutions, Continued
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This final piece of the Plastic Pollution puzzle is focused on more pollution solutions- namely, scientific and economic innovations as well as legislative initiatives. There are far too many exciting examples of people doing what they can to prevent plastic … Read More

July 16, 2014: Plastic Pollution, Part 2: Pollution Solutions
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Today’s newsletter is the second installment in our three-part series on plastic pollution in the oceans. As promised, there are some exciting and inspirational tidbits in this one. I also promised in last week’s newsletter that I’d write about ocean … Read More

July 1st, 2014: Plastic Pollution, Part 1: The Plastic Problem
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This week marks the start of a special three-part series called Plastic Pollution. Just like the series on navigation from several months ago, each Plastic Pollution newsletter will occur two weeks apart. “Regular” newsletters featuring snazzy sea creatures will be sent … Read More

June 4, 2014: Antarctic Toothfish
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There’s a lot going on this week here at SCFoW. First of all, the Sea Creature Fact of the Week is now on Twitter! Follow me for bonus pictures, updates on awesome marine conservation projects people are working on around … Read More

January 13, 2014: Tell Amazon.com to STOP SELLING BLUEFIN TUNA
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As you already know, I care deeply about the ocean. And if you’re into things like breathing, medicine, climate stability and food security, you should, too. Because the timing is right, I’m going to ask you for a favor. It’s … Read More

December 11, 2013: Spoon-Billed Sandpiper
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An adorable and critically endangered sea bird, the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper is in need of serious help if it’s going to avoid extinction. If you’d like to learn more about or get involved in conservation efforts, follow the links below! Saving the Spoon-Billed … Read More

August 14, 2013: Orcas
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You may know them as Killer Whales, but there is so much more to Orcas than their misleading reputation (including the fact that they are actually dolphins). This week’s newsletter is inspired by the new documentary, Blackfish. I encourage each of … Read More

July 17, 2013: Bluefin Tuna
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The ocean is not a buffet! Please stop eating Bluefin Tuna. Even better, learn more about Bluefin Tuna and how their populations have been declining on a global scale from the World Wildlife Fund. You can also check out the Tuna … Read More

May 29, 2013: Right Whales
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Right Whales– they’re not wrong. They’re also endangered in the North Atlantic, and if you’d like to learn more about or get involved in North Atlantic Wright Whale conservation efforts, follow these links: North Atlantic Wright Whale Consortium Center for … Read More

May 8, 2013: Vaquita
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Viva Vaquita, little cow of the sea! If you’re interested in conservation efforts for this critically endangered porpoise, check out what the following organizations are doing and how you can help: Cousteau; Vaquita; World Wildlife Fund; Scripps Center for Marine Biodiversity … Read More

January 8, 2013: Sea Otters
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Sea Otters: they might just be the cutest. Though no longer Critically Endangered, Sea Otters still require protection as their populations have not entirely recovered. They are especially sensitive to a parasite that lives in cat litter, so if you … Read More