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Happy #Thursday from this adorable fur seal! Did you know that fur seals evolved from the same land ancestors that gave rise to dogs and bears?
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📸: Ryan Fletcher #ocean #oceans #cute #seal #cuteanimals #


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TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Right now, Secretary Zinke is working to destroy vital protections for the #Arctic Ocean and the beluga whales that depend on it. Dangerous new oil and gas exploration activities in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea would effectively sabotage belugas’ ability to communicate and survive. It’s on us to protect these highly sociable marine mammals from President Trump’s catastrophic offshore drilling plans. Click the link in our bio to make your voice heard before the May 30th comment deadline. #ProtectOurCoast
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Photo Credit: Vicki Beaver (NSB) #ocean #whale #whales #trump #takeaction


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This puffin must have been a little #hangry... Like most seabirds, Atlantic puffins get all of their food from marine sources but nest on land. Their preferred prey includes forage fishes, including herrings, capelins, sprat, and others.
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📸: Rudmer Zwerver #ocean #oceans #puffin #seabird #seabirds #puffins #dinner #dinnertime #hungry


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The southern blue-ringed octopus might be beautiful, but it can be deadly. These rings are particularly vivid when an individual is threatened or agitated. In addition to the bright blue rings, these octopuses are famous for having extremely potent venom that can be strong enough to kill a person.
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📸: Sascha Janson #ocean #octopus #octopuses #oceans


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It's #WorldTurtleDay, and sea turtles need YOUR help! Right now, the federal government allows about half of shrimp trawls to operate without Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). These boats kill thousands of sea turtles in the United States each year. Follow the link in our bio to tell Secretary Ross to save thousands of threatened and endangered sea turtles each year by finalizing the proposed TEDs rule immediately.
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📷: © OCEANA / Carlos Suárez #ocean #turtle #turtles #oceans #takeaction


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It's #WorldTurtleDay! Sea turtles have played vital roles in maintaining the health of the world's oceans for more than 100 million years? Sea turtles help maintain healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs that provide key habitats for other marine life and help balance marine food webs. Visit OCEANA.ORG/MARINE-LIFE to learn more about sea turtles and what you can do to help them.
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📷: Shutterstock / beltsazar #ocean #turtle #seaturtle #marinelife


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Despite living in cold climates, gentoo penguins typically live in ice-free areas like flat, rocky beaches and low-lying cliffs where large colonies of individuals can gather. Many gentoo penguins, once reaching sexual maturity at around 2 years old, will return to previous nesting sites year after year.
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📸: Alexey Seafarer #ocean #oceans #birds #birdsofinstagram #penguin #penguins #babyanimals #cute


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Looking for the weekend like...
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📸: Ondrej Prosicky #ocean #oceans #cute #weekend #tuesday #mood


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Green sea turtles would be extinct if not for the Endangered Species Act. Tell Congress to save the ESA from extinction, before it's too late. Follow the link in our bio to add your name now #StopExtinction
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📸: OCEANA / Eduardo Sorensen #ocean #turtles #takeaction #tuesday #turtletuesday #turtle


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Take a look at the hawksbill sea turtle on this #TurtleTuesday. The hawksbill turtle gets it common name from the shape of its curved, pointed beak, which resembles that of a bird of prey. They use this beak to feed on sponges and other invertebrates growing on coral reefs. Hawksbill turtles are less migratory and more reef-associated than other species of sea turtles.
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🎥: Shutterstock #ocean #turtle #turtles #tuesday


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The brown pelican is a common seabird found throughout the Americas and is an iconic symbol of the Gulf of Mexico, the basin with the largest population of this species. The brown pelican’s body is of course brown, but the head coloration is somewhat variable – often including red, yellow, orange, or white.
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📸: TPCImagery - Mike Jackson #ocean #oceans #birds #birdsofinstagram #pelican #pelicans


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Mile-long drift gillnets snare, injure and kill large migratory ocean animals, including bottlenose dolphins, endangered fin whales and leatherback sea turtles. Buoy gear is proven to reduce bycatch while still effectively targeting swordfish off the West Coast. We must act fast to take advantage of this opportunity to phase out #California swordfish drift gillnets once and for all. Follow the link in our bio to tell your senator to support S. 2773 to end the use of drift gillnets in waters off California and protect at-risk species from being killed.
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📸: David Litman #ocean #whale #takeaction


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