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South Atlantic humpback whales have rebounded from near extinction

After being hunted nearly to extinction in the early 20th century, a population of humpback whales in the southern Atlantic Ocean has almost entirely recovered, according to a new study.

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Scientists rush to rescue sea turtles threatened by mysterious Brazil oil spill

Crude oil has been washing up along a 1,200-mile stretch of coastline of the Brazilian northeast for over a month, leaving more than 150 of Brazil’s postcard-perfect beaches covered in thick, sludgy black patches. It is also along this coastline that olive ridley and loggerhead sea turtles come to make their nests and lay their eggs.

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A whale found dead, 3 others euthanized on South Carolina beach

Biologists will perform necropsies on one whale that died and three that were euthanized after becoming stranded on a South Carolina beach.

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We know they aren’t feeding’: fears for polar bears over shrinking Arctic ice

This year’s annual minimum of the Arctic sea ice tied with the second-lowest extent on record, a mere 1.6m sq miles, and badly affected polar bear populations that live and hunt on the north slope of Alaska, plus those that live on the ice floes in the Bering Sea.

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Mass die-off of puffins recorded in the Bering Sea

A mass die-off of seabirds in the Bering Sea may be partially attributable to climate change, according to a new study.

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Dozens of gray whales are dying on the West Coast. What’s killing them?

At least 53 dead or dying gray whales have washed up on West Coast beaches this spring, a death rate that’s only been seen once before. The great mammals are starving to death and scientists have theories as to why but so far no full explanation. The number of deaths is likely much higher because it’s estimated that only 10% of dead whales actually end up on shore.

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Predicting Wave Wash Overs for Sea Turtle Nests

To better protect coastal species, researchers developed a model that predicts harmful wash overs with 83% accuracy.

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What’s the future for Sri Lanka’s ‘lost’ population of whales?

Flocking tourists are making it less of a safe place for these stunning animals.

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Russia will release 10 orcas, 87 belugas from overcrowded ‘whale jail’

Russian authorities and marine life advocates have signed an agreement to release nearly 100 marine mammals being held in the so-called “whale jail” on Russia’s Far East coast. The whales were illegally captured last summer and fall by four Russian companies that reportedly planned to sell them to marine parks in China.

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