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About Michelle Frey

Michelle Frey is the Associate Director for Digital Outreach where she utilizes online technologies to help educate and advocate for ocean conservation. She enjoys spending time with her two sons and often takes them to the beach to comb for seashells, shark teeth and fossils. Michelle's favorite moment on the ocean was when she saw a blue whale while whale watching off the coast of California.

Shop AmazonSmile and Save the Ocean

Posted On November 10, 2014 by

Photo: Barry Gutradt

Smile! Now you can help save the ocean every time you shop online with Amazon.com. It’s easy! All you have to do is designate Ocean Conservancy as your favorite charitable organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Ocean Conservancy. To get started all you have to do is use this link!

Amazon’s charitable program is called AmazonSmile. It costs you nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good (for the ocean).

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Posted On September 30, 2014 by

Every year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers all around the world remove trash from their local beaches and shorelines for the International Coastal Cleanup. View some of the photos we collected from the 2014 Cleanup.

Watch Our Google Hangout All About Sharks

Posted On August 14, 2014 by

Did you miss Ocean Conservancy’s Google Hangout all about sharks? If so, don’t worry! We have a recording here to share with you. Enjoy.

Did you know that there are roughly 400 species of sharks? While many people fear sharks, the reality is that sharks have more to fear from humans than humans do from sharks. Watch our Google Hangout as we talk about the coolest (and often unknown) facts about sharks, the greatest threats facing sharks today, and our biggest hopes for shark conservation.

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Did You Miss Our Ocean Google Hangout?

Posted On May 22, 2014 by

As part of the launch campaign for the 2014 Trash Free Seas Data Report, Ocean Conservancy hosted its first-ever Google Hangout! In case you missed it, the broadcast has been archived to our YouTube page here:

And don’t forget to check out the full report on our website.

More about the Ocean Google Hangout:

Trash has infiltrated all reaches of our ocean, causing negative impacts on ocean life and coastal communities. The problem can seem overwhelming, but it is preventable. Ocean Conservancy held a conversation about trash and the ocean. We talked about the ‘just-released’ findings from Ocean Conservancy’s 2013 International Coastal Cleanup. And we heard from a leading scientist and waste management expert about where the solutions to this problem lie. Watch the video and you’ll learn what we’ve discovered, what does it all means and what we can do next?

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An Ocean of Thanks to Mothers

Posted On May 9, 2014 by

Sunday is a very special day that we dedicate to celebrating mothers. Don’t worry Fathers, we haven’t forgotten about you; we have a special blog planned for you on Father’s Day. We know that your mom is amazing, but today we’d like to pay special tribute to a few magnificent ‘moms of the sea’ who astound us with how well they take care of their young.

If you thought taking care of one baby was tough (it is!), a female polar bear typically gives birth to two cubs! A mother polar bear takes care of her cubs for a little over two years before they have all the necessary skills to survive on their own in one of Earth’s harshest environments, the Arctic. Some of a mother polar bear’s biggest challenges are to keep her cubs warm and safe. She digs a den in the deep snow drifts to create a safe haven from the elements. Using her body heat and warm milk, she keeps her cubs warm. During the first two years of life, she teaches her cubs how to hunt, avoid danger, maneuver on sea ice and use their keen sense of smell.

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