The Blog Aquatic » Twitter http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 This Week’s Top Tweets: March 9 – 15 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/17/this-weeks-top-tweets-march-9-15/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/17/this-weeks-top-tweets-march-9-15/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:09:22 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=5183 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 naplesnews.com.

2. Death by Garbage

https://twitter.com/OurOcean/status/311197334727958528

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!

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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

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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

https://twitter.com/OurOcean/status/312292084658864128

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: February 16 – 22 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/22/this-weeks-top-tweets-february-16-22/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/22/this-weeks-top-tweets-february-16-22/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:57:58 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4768 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 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/08/this-weeks-top-tweets-february-2-8/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/08/this-weeks-top-tweets-february-2-8/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 22:02:48 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4551 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 4-12 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/01/12/this-weeks-top-tweets-jan-4-jan-12/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/01/12/this-weeks-top-tweets-jan-4-jan-12/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:38:01 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4174 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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Adventures in Social Media: Ocean Conservation in the Age of Twitter http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/09/12/adventures-in-social-media-ocean-conservation-in-the-age-of-twitter/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/09/12/adventures-in-social-media-ocean-conservation-in-the-age-of-twitter/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:23:54 +0000 George Leonard http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=2896

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I’m what tech companies refer to as a “late adopter”. I waited years to get an iPod and only recently replaced my 17-year old Sony Trinitron TV with a flat screen.  As an ocean conservation scientist, I prefer the look and feel of the print edition of Science to the digital version. Heck – I’m not even on Facebook – to my teenage daughter’s chagrin. But as social media has proliferated, I began to wonder what I was missing and whether there was a role for this new communication tool in my work here at Ocean Conservancy. When Sara Thomas from our Marketing and Communications Department offered to help me join the digital age, I leapt at the opportunity.

Its been two short weeks since I set up my Twitter account and I am now convinced that social media can help us advance ocean conservation. I have just returned from the 10th International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong, where I led a panel on ocean acidification and live tweeted throughout the conference.  Like Twitter itself, my social media journey has been fast-paced. In mid-August, I posted my first few bland tweets about ocean issues. “Great job” encouraged Sara, my Twitter mentor, “but don’t be afraid to put a little more personality into your posts.” As a scientist, that’s not something I’m used to doing. I was trained to provide all the details and stick to the facts, and so too often dwell on the wonky policy implications of our work. But I am learning that cutting to the heart of the matter and emphazing the human dimension makes for a more engaging discussion.

At the Seafood Summit last week, I decided I’d put these lessons to the test; with Sara’s encouragement, I live tweeted from the many sessions on sustainable fishing and fish farming at the Seafood Summit. Because I know many of the presenters and have a decade of experience on the topic, I could translate the details into a few key insights (in 140 characters or less!) and instantly distribute them out to the Twitter-verse in real time. Over the three days, my iPhone beeped incessantly as new followers came and went, issues were favorited, re-tweeted or commented upon, and a group of passionate communicators formed around the conference. You can still take part in this dialogue using the hashtag #ss12kh on Twitter.

Before I left for Hong Kong, Sara warned me that I might soon find myself addicted to Twitter and the rapid dissemination of information and conversation that ensues. As I signed off from the floor of the closing ceremony, I realized that, indeed, I had caught the Twitter bug. Not only would my daughter be proud, but I was gratified to have helped shape the conversation about the important work being done by Ocean Conservancy and our many colleagues.

You can follow me at @GeorgeHLeonard. I’ll be live tweeting again during the week of September 27 from Monterey, California when Ocean Conservancy will join leaders from around the globe to develop a plan to confront the threat of ocean acidification to a healthy and productive ocean future.

Come join me for another adventure in social media!

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