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The Blue-Ringed Octopus: Small but Deadly

Posted On March 13, 2017 by

At first glance, the blue-ringed octopus looks perfectly innocuous. Its psychedelic coloring and pint-sized packaging make it seem more adorable than alarming. But don’t let its cuddly exterior fool you: this tiny octopus can kill you. And quickly.

Native to the Pacific Ocean, the blue-ringed octopus can be found in the soft, sandy bottom of shallow tide pools and coral reefs. When not seeking food or a mate, blue-ringed octopuses often hide in crevices, shells or marine debris. If you catch them outside of their cozy hiding spots, it’s easy to see how the animal gets its name: when threatened, bright blue rings appear all over its body as a warning signal to potential predators.

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17 Inspiring Quotes from Women in Conservation

Posted On March 10, 2017 by

It’s been quite a week! In honor of International Women’s Day, we have been sharing stories of women in conservation every day. Some of our staffers shared their experiences on our blog, and women throughout Ocean Conservancy shared photos and stories from their day-to-day work on Instagram.

We also asked to hear from you! On Wednesday, we hosted a #WomeninConservation Twitter chat, and women from all over the country joined in to talk about what inspires and challenges them in their careers.

As our week-long celebration of women in conservation draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to share some of the powerful stories from incredible women in the field. Check out some stand-out quotes from our #WomeninConservation Twitter chat.

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3 Easy Ways to Stop Invasive Species

Posted On March 2, 2017 by

Invasive species are a massive problem worldwide. Defined as nonnative species that become established outside of their native range, and whose introduction causes harm or is likely to cause harm, invasives can disrupt natural habitats, hurt local economies and threaten human health. Invasives cause billions of dollars of damage every year, and approximately 42% of species that are listed as Threatened or Endangered in the U.S. are at risk primarily due to invasives. Invasive species are found in practically every ecosystem in the world—including our ocean.

The good news? Everyone can help in the fight against invasive species. For Invasive Species Awareness Week, here are some easy ways you can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and protect the waters you love.

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Talking #WomeninConservation for International Women’s Day

Posted On February 28, 2017 by

Calling all Twitter-savvy ocean lovers: In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating some of the fantastic females in the fields of science and conservation. Join us on Wednesday, March 8 for a Twitter chat where you can hear insights from women around the world (and contribute your own thoughts, too).

Tune in on Wednesday as we share questions throughout the day about what it’s like to be a woman in the field, and share profiles of some of our own inspiring female scientists.

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Seal and a Sea Lion

Posted On February 24, 2017 by

They’re two of the ocean’s most recognizable—and adorable—residents. But can you tell seals and sea lions apart?

Let’s start with the basics. Seals and sea lions are both in the suborder pinnipedia, a group of fin-footed mammals that also includes walruses. All pinnipeds have broad torsos and narrow hips that help them remain streamlined underwater. You can find pinnipeds all over the world, from walruses in the chilly Arctic to Hawaiian monk seals in the balmy Pacific.

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Whales

Posted On February 18, 2017 by

There’s no question that whales are some of the most iconic animals in the sea. From the massive blue whale to the quirky narwhal, these charismatic mammals have captivated people for centuries.

For World Whale Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the ocean’s most recognizable residents with five little-known facts about whales.

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5 Fascinating Seabirds

Posted On January 5, 2017 by

When it comes to iconic ocean animals, seabirds are often overlooked. But seabirds, or birds that make their living primarily from the ocean, are a crucial part of marine ecosystems. From the tiny least storm petrel to the massive wandering albatross, seabirds consume an estimated 7% of ocean productivity and are an important food source for marine and terrestrial predators.

In honor of National Bird Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate five fascinating seabirds.

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