The Blog Aquatic » top tweets News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:49:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Week’s Top Tweets: March 9 – 15 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:09:22 +0000 Guest Blogger Our top tweets of the week range from innovations and milestones in scientific study of the ocean to the tangible impacts of trash and pollution we’ve seen recently–and a little hope for a lot of sharks, manta rays and sawfish. With the BP trial continuing in the midst of all this, losing that hour from daylight savings has definitely been noticeable in ocean news this week! Read on for more details.

1. Manatees in Danger

Our most popular tweet this week brings sad news from the coast of Florida, where record numbers of manatees have been killed from the red tide. The total is up to 184, and with an already endangered population, this is a terribly heartbreaking problem. The manatees ingest the red tide that has settled on sea grass (their main food source), then the toxins essentially paralyze the victim, causing it to drown. For more information, check out this infographic from

2. Death by Garbage

This tweet is about a sperm whale that fatally ate a total of 37 pounds of garbage and beached itself on the coast of Spain. Incidents like these show that some of the ocean’s largest creatures are not immune to our crippling habits of not disposing trash properly, and are perhaps some of the most illustrative reasons that can spur people to change their daily routines to be more ocean-wary. If you’re looking to do the same, try using the tips we’ve suggested in our mobile app, Rippl, to make an easy transition to bettering the environment.

3. Protection from Finning–Finally!

The ocean world got some fantastic news this week! The shark finning industry which has decimated populations of this indicator animal has finally been put on a leash, with several species now under international protection. Any further exports of these animals will require a permit that certifies sustainable and legal fishing.

4. Studying Climate Change on the Largest Scale Yet

Using plastic bags to study the effects of ocean acidification is definitely a perplexing story. Research concludes in June, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye peeled to let you know about the scientists’ findings!

5. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Ocean

An interview in this article says that studying on a ship for longer than a month can yield a high price tag–the $50,000 per day kind of price tag. Scientists can skirt around those prices, though, if they find a commercial cargo ship that’s willing to take them on. Many ships are eager to have scientists do research aboard, as it continues a long tradition of “Ships of Opportunity.” When the only expense is for food along a journey, scientists can worry a lot less about how it will be funded and a lot more about their research.

That rounds out the top tweets from this week! Leave a comment and tell us which story you liked the most, and don’t forget to follow our Twitter handle, @OurOcean, in order to get updates as soon as they come out!

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This Week’s Top Tweets: March 2 – 8 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:14:28 +0000 Guest Blogger This week’s top tweets ranges from endangered species to insightful ideas, with a little bit of humor thrown into the mix. Check them out and let us know which one was your favorite in the comments!

1. Shark Scarcity?

Our most popular tweet of the week deals with an updated report on the amount of sharks that are killed every year by humans, with the tally at a sobering 100 million. That’s 30 to 60 percent higher than sharks can sustain at their current population growth rates, which illustrates how large of a problem dwindling shark populations are becoming. With sharks being such a naturally powerful maintenance mechanism in the ocean, this is definitely a conservation issue worth looking into.

2.The Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays is a Global One

This tweet shows a striking video of just what level of trouble manta and mobula rays are in these days throughout the world. What’s more? The video shows that with all this exploitation throughout the globe of these creatures, none of them are sustainably caught.

3. Going Underwater With Google Maps

Google Maps has a lot of cool features, but this one of street view underwater is by far our favorite–and apparently a lot of yours, too!

4. What’s Your Vision for a Healthy Ocean?

This week, our new president and CEO, Andreas Merkl, published a blog post calling for suggestions and input from the greater Ocean Conservancy community. Ocean Conservancy wants you to help us shape the vision for a healthy ocean by sharing what you think a healthy ocean is, what the ocean signifies as an important resource issue, and how these priorities can be transmitted into ideas. Leave a comment on Andreas’ blog post and help us shape this vision and move forward!

5.Whale, Meet Bird

Our last top tweet this week will send us off into the weekend on a humorous note from this gif. This close-up encounter of a whale and a bird give Roger Federer a run for his money!

As always, we’ll be tweeting regularly from @OurOcean for all of your ocean-based news and entertainment.

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This Week’s Top Tweets: February 16 – 22 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:57:58 +0000 Guest Blogger We all know that the ocean is one of our original visions of beauty, and the top tweets of this week certainly lend some good reminders of that. From the majestic creatures that rule the ocean ecosystem, to the small animals that make up a colorful underwater community and to the small child that utilizes the power of the ocean to overcome difficult obstacles, we can see why the ocean is hugely important in so many different ways. And for good measure, we’ve also got a tweet that shows how badly our consumption of plastic harms one of the most coveted aspects of our planet. With quite the well-rounded week to look back on, let’s dive right in with number one:

1. An Oceanic Escape

Our most popular tweet of the week was one that illustrates how big of an impact the ocean can have on our lives. A young boy with cerebral palsy named Alex surfs regularly to help strengthen his muscles. The Orange County Register article quoted Alex’s father as saying that when he is in the water, “he’s just totally happy, he never wants to get out. It doesn’t matter how cold it is, how windy it is, how sloppy it is. For some reason, there’s this gravitation to the water.” While a specific example, the description of Alex’s affinity for being in the ocean speaks to many of our own personal experiences with and feelings toward the ocean.

2. Trash Talking with a Pro

This tweet was about pro surfer Mary Osborne‘s experience at the South Atlantic garbage patch. Osborne says that “it’s hard to go back and actually explain to people what we saw…The only way I can really describe it is this plastic soup, this confetti-like soup.” While seeing may be the most tangible way of believing the damage plastics have done to our oceans, she suggests that changes can be made in individual consumer behavior, in terms of purchasing power and recycling. We couldn’t agree more! In fact, we created our mobile app, Rippl, in order to help you make small choices and changes in your daily lifestyle to better the ocean’s health.

3. The Live Humpback Hunt

Our third top tweet links to a video of a humpback whale’s hunt for food, courtesy of the National Geographic “critter cam” team. Cool view, eh?

4. Are Your Shark Senses Tingling?

If you weren’t excited about this tweet, you probably just don’t have a pulse. The video and photo progressions of shark conservationist Ocean Ramsey’s peaceful swim with a great white shark had us on the edge of our seats. Well actually, it wasn’t just a swim, but more of an underwater piggyback ride; Ramsey first maintained a calm composure as to not frighten the shark, then eventually grabbed its dorsal fin and went for a short ride. Amazing!

5. Baja Beauty

Our last on the list of top tweets for the week is a video made by Erick Higuera that showcases the beauty which can be found in the ocean. In the video’s description, Higuera says that “the gruesome and cruel destruction of these creatures is unnecessary, tragic and extremely alarming. It is imperative to act quickly to protect marine species populations that still prevail before it’s too late.” Indeed, our last tweet this week is another shining reminder of why we all need to continue the fight for a healthy ocean.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @OurOcean so that you can get all your ocean-related news as it happens, along with funny and interesting ocean-based content. Until next time, have a great weekend!

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This Week’s Top Tweets: February 2 – 8 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 22:02:48 +0000 Guest Blogger 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.

Remember to follow us on Twitter at @OurOcean so that you can get more ocean-related updates as they come out. We’re always open to suggestions, so feel free to drop by and send us a tweet!

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This Week’s Top Tweets: January 19 – 25 Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:42:11 +0000 Guest Blogger It’s time to recap the Ocean Conservancy tweets that made the most waves (get it?) in the past week. Check out our top five and let us know which one piqued your interest the most!

1. Would You Like Some Fish with Your Plastic?

This was our top tweet of the week and it’s no wonder why–finding out that over one third of a given sample of fish have plastic in their bellies is downright creepy. This study by Plymouth University and the UK Marine Biological Association illustrates the tangible effects that trash has on our ocean. If you’re looking for ways to lessen your impact and to keep the ocean healthy, try downloading our mobile app, Rippl. You’ll get weekly ocean-friendly tips and be able to track your progress!

2. Welcome to the Plastic Beach

While this isn’t nearly as enjoyable as the Gorillaz song “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach,” news about the amount of plastic at Kamilo Point in Hawaii certainly gave it a realistic perspective in the Twittersphere this week. Our expert Nick Mallos reported that the so-called “Junk Beach” was the most plastic-laden one he’s ever seen–and that’s after 240,000 lbs. of microplastics have been removed by the Hawaii Wildlife Fund since 2003.

3. Skip the Landfill–Donate Instead!

Our five suggestions for donating those random things hanging around your home that you’ll never use resonated well with our followers, ranking third on our top tweets list this week. Another helpful addition (courtesy of one of our Facebook friends): donate your time!

4. Forget About Last Year’s Tsunami? The Ocean Hasn’t

Our field guide for tsunami debris tells you what the most common forms of debris are–and what you should do if and when you find it.

5. Colorful Corals–But Why?

This tweet got a lot of attention largely because it asks a question we’ve all probably wondered at one point or another, but never really knew the answer. In this case, there’s more to beauty than meets the eye!

As always, we’ll be tweeting on a daily basis from @OurOcean, so make sure to follow us for all the latest ocean news, Ocean Conservancy blog posts, fun trivia and more!

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This Week’s Top Tweets: January 13 – 18 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:12:55 +0000 Guest Blogger From insightful blog posts to huge pollution headlines, this week’s top tweets are full of information on ocean-related events. Here we go!

1. New Developments About the Cleaning Agent Used to Cleanup the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

Hearing that a dispersant is just as harmful as oil to corals is a hard pill to swallow, especially when it’s used to cleanup a whopping 200 million gallons of oil. To make matters worse, some types of coral were not able to survive in laboratory tests with the smallest amount of the dispersant Corexit 9500–.86 parts per million.

2. Pollution Levels Skyrocket in China Over the Weekend

This tweet was one for the books, as it marked a significant tangible danger posed by increasing pollution. While Beijing has already set a timetable in place for curbing its carbon emissions, surrounding cities in China have yet to follow suit.

3. Tips for Maintaining an Ocean-Minded Workout

This tweet harkens to one of the most popular New Years resolutions out there: getting in shape. If you can work at that and simultaneously help clean up the ocean, what could be better?

4.Fresh Insight on the Genetically-Modified Salmon Debate

Our new blog post caught users’ attention with the controversial topic of GMOs. Our expert George Leonard weighed in on news about well-known anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas’ switch in sentiment. George argues that we should continue to be skeptical about genetically modified salmon until more research into the effects of it are better known, and illuminates Ocean Conservancy’s opinion that the concern over GMOs is largely due to the unknown results that would occur if these fish were to accidentally be released into the wild. This hot-button issue lit up our Twitter feed, and will likely continue to do so as the deadline for public comments on the issue are due to the FDA by February 25.

5. A Cause for Celebration on January 19

With vivid descriptions of the myriad natural wonders going on right now at California’s 100 underwater parks and the annual California Underwater Parks day, it’s no wonder why this tweet got a lot of action from our followers! Learning about our aquatic life never gets old, and that is why our California parks blog post rings out the fifth spot on our top tweets of the week list.

We’ll be posting our most popular tweets next week too, but be sure to follow @OurOcean on Twitter in order to get all the ocean updates you need in real time!

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This Week’s Top Tweets: January 4-12 Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:38:01 +0000 Guest Blogger It’s been a busy year so far, and we’re only finishing the first full week of 2013. To start off the new year, here are the top five tweets that attracted the most attention in the Twittersphere over the last week:

1. Trapped killer whales freed by shifting ice

A group of killer whales surrounded by ice off the coast of Canada were deemed to have a grim future, but an unexpected shift in wind current moved the ice in a way that allowed them to escape. This surprise happy ending garnered the most attention of our ocean followers this week. This tweet also took away the most favorites.

2. What will your Rippl effect be in 2013?

This tweet gave us all a reminder that keeping up with your ocean-friendly New Year’s resolution can be as simple as downloading our mobile app, Rippl, which suggests weekly tips to help reduce your environmental impact in 2013.

3. Chile making strides in fishing reforms

Whether our followers just wanted to know what a seamount is, what Chile’s new ocean legislation entails or both, this tweet gained a lot of traction–and for good reasons, too! Chile’s government made a groundbreaking decision that other countries can look to model in the future.

4. What big eyes you have!

I don’t know about you, but here at Ocean Conservancy, we’ve read the headline “Release the Kraken” too many times to count this week! This story about the first film of a giant squid in its natural habitat is truly, as one commenter put it, “‘fishtory’ in the making.”

5.Getting up close and personal with a polar bear

This video details the BBC’ Gordon Buchanan’s close encounter with a hungry polar bear. With grown males weighing anywhere from 775-1,200 pounds, this was definitely an intense moment to watch, much less experience!

Make sure you check out our Twitter handle, @OurOcean, to keep up with more stories like these right when they get posted. Have any feedback on our top tweets of the week? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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