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World Whale Day: 6 Things to Know About Whales

Posted On February 13, 2016 by

This blog was written by Roger Di Silvestro, a field correspondent for Ocean Conservancy.

As Valentine’s Day nears, let’s interrupt our thoughts about love, roses, and chocolates and turn to a closely related subject: whales.

Yes, whales.

Before there is a Valentine’s Day, there is World Whale Day—a celebration of some of the planet’s most-fascinating, well-loved, and yet elusive creatures, looming large in the popular imagination but still in many ways a scientific mystery. Established on Maui in 1980 to remind people about whales, their lives, and their plight, World Whale Day has been celebrated ever since with parades and various whale-focused events.

In recognition of World Whale Day, here are 6 facts about some of the largest animals that ever lived.

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5 Animal Couples to Fall in Love with this Valentine’s Day

Posted On February 11, 2016 by

Photo: Credits (clockwise from left): Christopher Michel/Wikimedia Commons, Barry Peters/Wikimedia Commons, Hjalmar Gislason/Wikimedia Commons, user: prilfish/Flickr Creative Commons, JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons

It’s that time of year again: Stores are overflowing with pink and red decorations, jewelry advertisements are everywhere, and people are snatching up heart-shaped boxes of chocolate for their significant others (or themselves… no judgment).

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the season of love than by highlighting the most amorous ocean animals. So we pulled together some examples of romance in the animal kingdom to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Whether you’re coupled up or flying solo this Valentine’s Day, here are five species who are redefining #relationshipgoals.

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You’re Our “Otter” Half

Posted On February 12, 2014 by

With Valentine’s Day only two days away, we’re thinking about all the people who are special in our lives. And that’s why we’re thinking of YOU. We couldn’t do our work to protect the ocean without your support. You’re our “otter” half.

Now it’s your turn. We’ve put together some Valentine’s Day ecards to help you share your love of the ocean with friends and family.

Click here to send your friends and family a Valentine’s Day ecard now.

Take a minute to remind someone that they’re important to you— it’ll brighten their day.

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Be My Valentine? A Look at the Ocean’s Lovers, from Long Term to Transient

Posted On February 14, 2013 by

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up a crew of ocean companions for you to check out–which ones are fickle lovers and which ones are lifers–the players and the player-haters, as it were. So whether you’re celebrating the notorious day of love with a pint of ice cream or with your favorite spouse, we’ve got a resident of the aquatic world that has a love life similar to yours! Read on to find out who you most align with.

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