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TEDed Explains Why Sea Turtles Are Legitimate Miracles

Posted On July 26, 2012 by

I know, I know. We’ve been talking about sea turtles a lot on the blog these days. And it’s not just because they’re awesome and cute and amazing (although they are all of those things).

As this video from TEDed so elegantly explains, sea turtles are under siege from many of the threats Ocean Conservancy works so hard to address every day. Their nesting grounds are threatened by marine debris and habitat loss or degradation, their lives at sea are further threatened by unsustainable fishing practices, floating waste and toxins, including oil spills. According to the video, sea turtles are under such pressure that their survival rate now stands at 1 percent or less between each nesting cycle.

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You Can’t “Kelp” But Have a Good Friday with This Video

Posted On July 13, 2012 by

BBC Earth and the unmatched narration of David Attenborough present the strange life of a Kelp forest, including hand fish that walk on their fins and adorable baby squid.

Quick kelp fact: Under ideal conditions, giant kelp can grow an astonishing two feet each day.

Found on the BBC Earth YouTube Channel

Dark Side of the Lens: An Ode to Surfing The Celtic Coast

Posted On May 24, 2012 by

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.

You’d be forgiven for not knowing there are people crazy enough to surf the roiling and rugged coast of Ireland. As the director and narrator of this beautiful, and arresting film says, “Not many people know who we are, what we do, or much less want to pay us for it.” Yet, here it they are reveling in the power of the dark sea.


Bowhead Cam!

Posted On May 23, 2012 by

National Geographic’s “Wild Chronicles” crew attach a camera to a bowhead whale to get a glimpse into the world of one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures. The bowhead whale is not only considered the longest living mammal on Earth, but holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest mouth in the world. It can measure 16 ft long, 12 ft high and 8 ft wide. Its tongue weighs approximately one ton.