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This Week’s Top Tweets: February 2 – 8

Posted On February 8, 2013 by

This week’s top tweets include a mix of cute videos and important scientific finds–a great combination, if you ask me.

1. We Keep Getting Older, They Stay the Same Size–Or Do They?!

Our most popular tweet of the week was definitely worth talking about. The news that suggests fish do not grow as large or mature as quickly as they used to is troubling at the very least. Some scientists claim that the size restrictions for catching fish is actually inducing this problem by encouraging fish to adapt via earlier maturation. This is a long-term issue that scientists will continue to monitor over time.

2. A Second Chance Story

Our tweet about a leatherback sea turtle who got a second chance thanks to the New England Aquarium was definitely one of those pull-on-your-heartstrings kind of stories. With all the challenges sea turtles face today, the fact that this turtle was successfully rehabilitated is a true miracle–such a rescue and rehabilitate effort has only been pulled off three times!

3. Catch a Great White? Pay a Hefty Price.

South Africa made headlines this week by sentencing a man guilty of catching and landing a great white shark to either a $13,500 fine or twelve months in prison. This was the first time South Africa has convicted someone for violating its legislation that protects great white sharks.

4. The Hungry Hawksbill

This video of a Pacific hawksbill sea turtle chasing one diver’s camera to see if it could be a tasty snack is hard not to love!

5. Another Ocean Icon to be Added to the Endangered Species List?

Another story about great white sharks this week finishes up our top tweets. These notorious ocean dwellers are under consideration for joining the endangered species list in California, which stirred up a bit of controversy between fishermen and the Fish and Game Commission over the possible repercussions from it.

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