New Dolphin Sanctuary Announced

Good news in the wildlife arena! In a rare, good move for an industry that’s been under heavy scrutiny since the film Blackfish raised questions about marine mammal treatment,  Baltimore’s National Aquarium announced Tuesday it will retire all of its dolphins to a seaside sanctuary by the end of 2020.

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As American public opinion changes to incorporate what we know about the remarkable intelligence of marine mammals like dolphins and whales, the National Aquarium’s move to protect dolphins in a safe, more natural habitat sets a precedent for animal care that must and will be followed. According to a recent article, full-time staff will care for the relocated dolphins in the sanctuary, and the dolphins are promised “excellent water quality” and a calm place to retire from their previous lives of captivity and performance.

Read the full story here: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0614/National-Aquarium-to-retire-dolphins-to-seaside-sanctuary

No comments, Elise Anderson, June 14, 2016

Creatures of the Deep

We’re all familiar with many of the shallow-water-loving creatures that swim in the world’s vast oceans, close to shore or near the surface of the water. But what about the many fascinating, other-worldly, and often alarmingly unique creatures that exists in the depths of the seas? We’re taking some time in the next few blog posts to spotlight a few of our favorite wild, wonderful deep-sea creatures.

A strange shape in the oceans depths, the frilled shark cuts a menacing silhouette. Considered a “living fossil,” the frilled shark shares many characteristics with creatures that roamed the seas in the time of the dinosaurs. (Image via npr.org.)

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Next up is the Giant Spider Crab. Like something out of a horror movie (Arachnophobia, perhaps?), the giant spider crab can sometimes be found in aquariums, but is rarely spotted in the wild as it likes to crawl the depths instead of swim along the shores like other crabs. Considered the largest arthropods on earth, the giant spider crab, native to Japan, can measure up to twelve feet from claw to claw. (Images via Wikipedia.)

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Stay tuned and check back on our blog next week for more fun deep-sea creature facts and discussion!

 

No comments, Elise Anderson, June 9, 2016

World Oceans Day!

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Today, June 8th, is official World Oceans Day, a time set aside to study, celebrate, and further our relationship with the world’s oceans. Healthy oceans are critical to human survival, as we rely on ocean water to regulate climate, provide habitats for much of our food, generate a large amount of the oxygen we breathe, provide habitats for medicinal plants and algae, and more.  From organized, community-wide beach clean-ups to maritime celebrations, World Oceans Day is a time to both celebrate and reflect on how we can protect and conserve some of our most precious natural resources.

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Want to get involved? Check out World Ocean Day listings for local events here: http://www.worldoceansday.org/events/community/add, or organize your own World Ocean Day event. Every little bit counts, so don’t miss an opportunity to get involved with your community for the benefit of the world’s oceans. More info here: http://www.worldoceansday.org/about

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No comments, Elise Anderson, June 8, 2016

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