A few days ago, the Internet was abuzz with news about the Chilean Devil Ray’s ability to reach previously unknown depths. What a perfect excuse to introduce this species to our readers!
Despite its intimidating name, this mostly solitary creature (though it can be found in groups) is harmless to humans and feeds on small fish and plankton. It can grow to reach 4 meters across and weigh up to 350kgs!
Have you heard the most recent climate change news? The World Meteorological Organization just announced that in April, CO2 levels in the northern hemisphere reached an average of more than 400 ppm (parts per million is a ratio of CO2 molecules to all other molecules in the atmosphere). While this is not the first time levels that high have occurred, it is the first time scientists have seen a whole month of levels that high.
Last week, Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, spoke to several audiences in Spain about how we can save the oceans to feed the world. It is a message we must share with anyone who will listen (and many who still refuse to).
There are 7 billion people on the planet, and the UN estimates that number will reach 9 billion by 2050.
It’s been three years since Oceana set up shop in Copenhagen to work exclusively on restoring the Baltic Sea, one of the most polluted and threatened seas in the world.
Here is the catch: On paper, the Baltic region is leagues ahead of most of Europe when it comes to designating marine protected areas. On paper, 12% of the Baltic Sea is protected, which means on paper, the region has met and surpassed the goal laid out by the UN to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.
While looking through images from our Ranger expedition, we came upon this creepy creature that eerily looks like its wearing a skull mask.
Turns out even its name sends a bit of a shiver down the spine. This member of the dragonfish family is called a sloane's viperfish and currently holds the world record for the largest teeth relative to head size (yikes). Those teeth don't mess around either; they are so large that the viperfish has to open its mouth to make its jaws vertical before it can even swallow prey!
We’ve got excellent news to share about our fight to end harmful fishing subsidies that fuel overfishing. Last week, the European Parliament voted on the EMFF, the financial mechanism of Europe’s fisheries policy, which determines where funding is allocated. We were happy to see that for the most part, MEPs understood that they needed to vote in line with the ambitions and objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy reform.
One of the most important aspects of our work has been, and always will be, to raise awareness about marine issues and the impact that human activities have on one of the most important resources on the planet. We’re thrilled to be able to share our work and our passion with so many of you through a variety of platforms, so it was only a matter of time before we hopped onto the Pinterest wagon.
Several days ago, our 2013 Mediterranean Expedition came to a close. We still have hours of footage that need to be analyzed, but we wanted to share a couple of our finds. As we’ve mentioned before, the Emile Baudot escarpment, which we spent several days documenting, is an area that had never been studied before.
Less than two months after our successful coastal expedition in the Baltic ended, we’ve sent out another team on board the Ranger, our research catamaran, to study a (very) little known escarpment (steep slope, rocky wall) in the Spanish Mediterranean just south of Cabrera National Park.
The marine area in front of the cliffs of Jaizkibel, in the Basque region – has finally been nominated as a special area of conservation. Oceana made this recommendation in 2010 and we’ve been working on getting the area – which has suffered from the impacts of coastal development, included into the Natura 2000 network.