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Hawaii’s Sea Turtles

Hawaii’s blue waters are home to many beautiful fish and wildlife — including five species of sea turtles. While exploring the ocean you might spot the Green Sea turtle, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Loggerhead, or Olive Ridley. Olive ridleys, Loggerheads and Leatherbacks prefer deep offshore waters. The Green turtle is more easily spotted near shore and can…

The Importance of our Oceans

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Oceans are the world’s most valuable resource. They cover over three-quarters of our planet and hold 97% of the world’s water! Oceans produce more than half of the oxygen in the world’s atmosphere and absorb the most carbon from it. Besides providing the air we breathe and water we drink — oceans also transport important…

SHARK CONSERVATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

In South Africa, as in many other countries worldwide, the conservation of all our shark species has become a matter of utmost importance. Without the intervention of conservationists, numbers will continue to dwindle, eventually leading to extinction. The plundering of a once abundant wilderness, with little understanding or consideration of the possible consequences, combined with…

4 Shark Myths Debunked!

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1. Sharks Eat Humans: FALSE. While sharks may sometimes attack humans, sharks don’t seek out humans for food. When an attack does occur, it’s most likely that the territorially-minded shark has mistaken the human for its actual prey (a seal, for example). In fact, most of the time, shark bites are actually “exploratory bites” in…

What Makes a Shark a Shark?

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No matter their size, all sharks have similar anatomy. Like other elasmobranchs (a subclass of animals that also includes rays and skates), sharks have skeletons made of cartilage—the hard but flexible material that makes up human noses and ears. This is a defining feature of elasmobranchs, as most fish have skeletons made of bone. Cartilage…

North Shore’s Humpback Whales

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[:en]Every December thru May Hawaii’s warm waters become home to the breathtaking humpback whale. These graceful and majestic animals come to Hawaii to breed and give birth to their new calves. The whales love the warm shallow water surrounding the islands and scientist’s estimate that two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population returns…

New Shark Found Near the Caribbean

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Marine wildlife researchers have found a new species of shark in the waters off the coast of the central American state of Belize. The WWF says the revelation serves as a conservation message. The Fisheries Department of Belize and researchers with the Florida International University (FIU) registered their discovery of a previously unknown species of…

Zebra Shark Makes News by Producing Her Own Babies!

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A zebra shark named Leonie surprised scientists in Australia when she gave birth to offspring without the help of a mate!   Scientists checked and her hatchlings contained DNA from Leonie only. In essence, she made the offspring all on her own, marking the first time a switch from sexual to asexual has been witnessed…

Saving Sharks in the Galapagos

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. It’s a common scene. You’re at…