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Humpback habitats off Madagascar revealed as energy exploration ramps up

How humpback whales use marine habitats off the eastern coast of Africa is only partially understood, and that has become a conservation concern as offshore energy exploration expands in the region.

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Up to 20,000 dead fish, other animals washed up on Nova Scotia coast

The carcasses of thousands of sea creatures have mysteriously washed up on the western coast of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian authorities said they have no idea why.

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Busy Times at the World’s Largest Polar Bear Prison

Sea ice has done some extremely odd things in 2016, as climate change is reshaping the Arctic faster than the rest of the planet. According to a new study, there’s a 71 percent chance that the global polar bear population will fall by over 30 percent in the next three decades. The only hope for the polar bear is to reduce carbon emissions, in the hope that the runaway pace of Arctic warming will eventually stabilize and reverse.

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Saving Mexico’s endangered sea turtles will be good for tourism too

Seven of the world’s eight sea turtles species nest on the beaches of Mexico. But in a country with one of the world’s most extensive shorelines, nesting beaches for turtles are disappearing. Climate change, human development, and the complex interaction between the two are to blame.

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World Must Tackle the Biggest Killer of Whales – and it’s not Whaling

It is scarcely believable but accidental entanglement in fishing gear – or bycatch – kills over 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises, every year. And that’s a conservative estimate based on data from 2008. No one knows the real figure but it far outstrips the less than 2,000 whales that are deliberately hunted and killed for commercial purposes each year.

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A Turtle Saver, NC

Sea turtles that nest in North Carolina are listed as endangered species in part because many beaches have become dangerous or undesirable places for nesting. One of the biggest issues is light pollution.

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19,000 Sea Turtle Eggs Seized in Anti-Smuggling Operation

Police seized 19,000 sea turtle eggs off the coast of Malaysia in a special operation to hobble a major smuggling syndicate.

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More than 160 years of Walrus Haulout Observations Reported by Russians and Americans Published as Database

Walruses are marine predators that must rest out of water on sea ice or the coast between feedings along the shallow arctic sea floor. However in recent years, loss of summer sea ice has forced walruses to travel to the Arctic coasts of the U.S. and Russia where they haul-out on shore to rest. When hauling out on the coast, they often gather in large numbers and use specific locations, where they may be vulnerable to disturbance and pollution events.

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Meet the Very Venomous Portuguese Man-of-War

They look like a discarded balloon. They’re actually a bubble full of agony. You’ll want the skinny on these dangerous beauties if you encounter one on your summer beach day…

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