An Orca Pod, Shark Fin Soup and Sea Turtles

Written by on April 29, 2013 in Marine Life

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China changes its tune

Check out this great summary about shark finning and shark fin soup in China. Many nations around the globe have already banned the practice of shark finning and others are beginning to ban even the trade of shark fins, including some in Asia. At the rate things are going, shark fin soup could soon be permanently removed from banquet menus in China.

Healed sea turtles blessed and released in Pass Christian (link no longer active)

Six rehabilitated sea turtles — five Kemp’s ridley and one green — were released over the weekend by employees and volunteers from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS). These turtles were rescued in 2012 and were treated at IMMS for serious injuries. One was fitted with a satellite tag so researchers can continue to track it.

Kemp's ridley.

Kemp’s ridley. Photo credit: qnr via photopin cc.

Incredible video shows orca pod at play

Check out this amazing video of an orca pod playing in the wake of a little boat.

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Stingray species sighted in Bermuda for the first time

A pair of scuba divers exploring Hangover Hole off Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda saw a nine-foot Roughtail stingray (Dasyatis centroura) that has never before been seen in those waters. The Roughtail can be found from Cape Cod to Argentina and has been seen in the eastern Atlantic as well, but this was a first for Bermuda.

Roughtail singray, Dasyatis centroura.

Roughtail singray, Dasyatis centroura. Photo credit: Philippe Guillaume.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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