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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are wonderful tools that can help replenish fisheries and maintain biodiversity within their boundaries; however, MPAs are quite expensive. Funding of each MPA can determine whether it will function properly as operational costs, such as enforcement, matter to the sustainability of the MPA.

I have the pleasure of interviewing John Bohorquez, a PhD student at Stony Brook University, who is studying finances of MPAs. I talk to him about how MPAs are financed and how the areas areas are funded. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

What did you think about the financing of MPAs? Let me know in the Facebook Group.

Do you want to learn more about John's Career and his thoughts on crowdfunding MPAs in the future? Check out his Deep Dive episode in the Patreon Community.

Direct download: SUFB_S552_PayingForMarineProtectedAreas.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

My wife and I went to New York City with two other couples to celebrate our 40th birthdays together. I've reflected a lot over the past year on my 40th year on this planet, especially how I can make it better. With that in mind, I now notice many things about the environment when it comes to how we utilize containers, straws and other single-use plastics. I noticed a few things in New York City that I discuss in this episode. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S551_NewYorkCityWaste.mp3
Category:plastic pollution -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

No matter how you feel about who is causing climate change, the housing market is aware that sea level rise is playing a part in the price of homes that are along vulnerable costs. Homes that are prone to flooding due to storm activity, increased sea level and low elevation are losing value to their homes every year. 

A new study by the First Street Foundation showed homes within 8 states along the East Coast of the US lost more than $14 Billion between the years 2005 and 2017. 

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Let me know in the Facebook Group if you would buy a home along the coast with this information.

Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke Tully and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean.

Direct download: SUFB_S550_SeaLevelRiseCostingHousingMarketBillions.mp3
Category:Sea Level Rise -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Humpbacks are a great conservation story because their populations have rebounded since they were almost hunted to extinction in the early 1900s. Their population rebound around the world provides optimism inside and outside the marine conservation field; however, the humpback whale still faces dangers such as fish gear entanglement, ship strikes and oil spill pollution. 

The humpback population along the Pacific Coast of North America is doing well, but it is still on the Endangered Species List. The Endangered Species List designation comes with certain protections, especially for critical habitat; however, the humpback's critical habitat was not being protected by the federal government. Three organizations got together to sue the federal government to ensure they protected the humpback's critical habitat. Guess what, they won!!!

Find out what the result was by listening to the episode.

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Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke Tully and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean.

Direct download: SUFB_S549_HumpbackHabitatProtectedAfterGovernmentLawsuit.mp3
Category:Humpback Whales -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Nutrients are playing a huge role in disrupting our coastal ecological stability. We have blue-green algal blooms that are so think it smells like dead people. We also have red tides that kill everything in its path for short (lately longer) periods of time. These algal blooms are popping up all over the world causing heaps of trouble. Unfortunately for Florida, the two types of algal blooms mentioned here are present at the same time and they are reeking havoc along the Southwest coast.

Nutrients that fuel the algal blooms come from the coastline. The nutrients are derived from industries and sewage treatment plants. You and I contribute nutrients to our sewage treatment plants; therefore, it would be good if we could reduce our nutrient input through more eco-friendly products.

I talk about some of those products in hops that you will go out and try some. 

Here is a link to some available Laundry Detergent products from this Amazon search.

Let me know your favourite eco-friendly products in the Facebook Group.

Want to hear more form Brooke? Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean.

Direct download: SUFB_S548_HowYouCanHelpStopNutrientOverload.mp3
Category:Eco-Friendly Products -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Brooke Tully joins me again on the podcast to discuss the second part of the interview that we started yesterday. Today, we are discussing how to create a conservation movement. 

I thought it would be good for you, the audience, to understand how a movement is put together, starting with the purpose. It's important to realize that a movement usually ends with a specific action or behaviour change. The campaign for the movement is based on creative marketing purposes hopes to results in a behaviour change of a certain group around an Ocean Issue.

Brooke works with conservation organizations to create campaigns that will help groups conserve the Ocean with a specific behaviour change. 

Enjoy Part 2 of 2 episodes on Conservation Marketing with Brooke Tully.

Check out her work here: www.brookes2cents.com

Brooke's You Tube Channel

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Want to talk about it? Join our FREE Facebook Group to discuss the Oceans with Ocean-minded people.

Want to hear more form Brooke? Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean. 

Direct download: SUFB_S547_HowToCreateAMovementWithBrookeTullyPart2.mp3
Category:Social Marketing -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

I used to think that Ocean Awareness was the only component needed to get the public to not only understand the issues facing the Ocean, but it would also give them enough information and inspiration to conserve the Ocean. Unfortunately, the behaviour change needed to conserve the Ocean for a particular issue does not happen just through Ocean Awareness. 

Behaviour change leads to action for conservation, which happens through marketing campaigns. Brooke Tully joins me on the show today to discuss how to bridge the gap between Ocean Awareness and Ocean Action. She is a conservation marketer with a background in Creative Marketing. 

She drops a lot of knowledge around this subject. So much knowledge that I had to divide her show into 2 parts to make sure it fit our new shorter episode model. 

Enjoy Part 1 of 2 episodes on Conservation Marketing with Brooke Tully.

Check out her work here: www.brookes2cents.com

Brooke's You Tube Channel

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Want to talk about it? Join our FREE Facebook Group to discuss the Oceans with Ocean-minded people.

Want to hear more form Brooke? Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean. 

Direct download: SUFB_S546_TheOceanAwarenessActionGapWithBrookeTully.mp3
Category:Social Marketing -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Whale Sharks are a huge and iconic species that are found to have migrated long distances; however, there is still much to be discovered about the species. For instance, do juvenile Whale Sharks travel the same long distances as the adults? The answer is yes...and no.

A recent study found that juvenile Whale Sharks swam a large distance for the 126 day study period (2,580 km); however, the sharks stayed within the same islands in the Philippines where there was plenty of food. So they same quite a bit, but didn't move to across an ocean like some of the adults. They stayed within specific regions. 

Mongabay covered the story and did a great job and hitting some interesting facts, which I discuss in this episode.

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Want to listen to new shows that we are testing? Check out The Deep Dive, where I talk to our guests about their careers and Ocean issues/topics about which they are passionate.


"Everyone loves Marineland" is what I grew up listening to the Marineland commercial. Ask anyone that grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada and they will know the saying; however, not everyone loves Marineland anymore. There have been some major problems with the marine theme park over the past few decades as they have been cited under the Ontario SPCA Act for the way they mistreat their animals. 

A former trainer at Marineland has been speaking out against the park since 2012 after being sick and tired of the mistreatment of the animals. Phil Demers quit in 2012 and has since been a strong advocate in fighting Marineland over their lack of care of their animals.

Tune in to the episode to find out why Phil is worried about belugas and walruses lately at Marineland.

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Want to listen to new shows that we are testing? Check out The Deep Dive, where I talk to our guests about their careers and Ocean issues/topics about which they are passionate.

Direct download: SUFB_S544_BelugasAndWalrusesDieAtMarineland.mp3
Category:Marineland -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

I remember learning about marine ecology with a popular example of the relationship among the sea otter, sea urchin and kelp forest. Sea otters eat sea urchins and sea urchins eat kelp. A decrease in one population could give rise to another. A lack of sea otters caused sea urchin populations to increase, which fed on the kelp, severely decreasing its coverage. The reintroduction of the sea otter along the Pacific Coast decreased the sea urchin population allowing the kelp forests to flourish.

What I didn't realize is that there is a new factor in the otter-urchin-kelp relationship that has an affect on the system. That organism is the sea star. New research from monitoring before, during and after the sea star wasting disease event that nearly wiped out sea stars revealed a dependence of kelp of the sea stars for keeping the sea urchins in check. 

Check out the episode to find out how.

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Direct download: SUFB_S543_ImportanceOfFieldMonitoringOfKelpForesthealth.mp3
Category:Sea Stars -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

The Coelacanth is one of those fish species that could easily be my favourite fish. It's prehistoric history and evolutionary importance fascinates me. The manner in which the pelvic fins move is captivating. As you can see, I am very passionate about coelacanths. 

Unfortunately, the coelacanth is critically endangered with only 30 left in the population off the coast of Africa. The species is also facing some trouble that could wipe them out if there is a major problem in the future. 

An Oil company, called Eni, is vying to start exploring and drilling in the region. Eni conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that had little mention of the potential problem an oil spill might have on the critically endangered species. We've heard that promise before.

Check out the rest of the article by clicking below:

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Direct download: SUFB_S542_CoelocanthColonyCouldBeWipedOutDueToPotentialOilDrilling.mp3
Category:Coelacanth -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

I covered something different than I am used to over the past week. I talked about businesses that benefit the Ocean. The businesses are usually Social Enterprises, companies that have a triple bottom line for profit, environmental and social change.

There are many profiles in the news about specific Ocean Start Ups that have had success and received extra training, but I wanted to ensure that you know something about entrepreneurship. It is something that I learned over the past 7.5 years. Entrepreneurship is hard!!!

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint at heart. It's for people who like to hustle and take risks. The people that realize the risk could lead to failure in a business or they need to pivot their business. 

I talk about my experience with Entrepreneurship and the challenges that I faced over the past 7 years as an example of how hard it is to own a business that helps protect the Ocean.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Want to talk about it? Join our FREE Facebook Group to discuss the Oceans with Ocean-minded people.

Want to listen to new shows that we are testing? Check out The Deep Dive, where I talk to our guests about their careers and Ocean issues/topics about which they are passionate.

 

Direct download: SUFB_S541_OceanStartUpsAreNotEasy.mp3
Category:social enterprise -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

The water along the beaches in San Diego are known for it's surfing and majestic sea life. The waters are also cooler as the Californian Current is influenced by the Alaskan Current and Northern Pacific Current; however, the global heat wave has raised the temperatures of the water to a point where researchers are worried about the affect this change could have on sea life in the area, particularly local coral reefs and kelp forests. 

Coral Reefs and Kelp Forests are stationary habitats (they can't move if they don't like the conditions) that have a narrow range of ocean variables that helps them grow and be stable. An increase in sea surface temperatures could degrade the habitats that are home to a diverse community of species. 

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Check out why the stability of coral reefs and kelp forests are important by listening to this episode. 

Want to talk about it? Join our FREE Facebook Group to discuss the Oceans with Ocean-minded people.

Want to listen to new shows that we are testing? Check out The Deep Dive, where I talk to our guests about their careers and Ocean issues/topics about which they are passionate.

 


Yesterday, I introduced you to some start ups that were going to be part of an accelerator program for an Impact Investing Program. 

Today, I speak to the CEO and Founder of Katapult Ocean, which is a new Impact Investing firm that is focused on searching and investing in start ups that help make the Oceans more sustainable. 

Maren Hjorth Bauer is our guest. She defines Impact Investing and tells us about the Accelerator Program they are launching in January 2019 to help Start Ups scale their business.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of this program in our Facebook Group. Maren is also in the Facebook Group, so feel free to ask her any questions you might have about Impact Investing.

Check out our Deep Dive show in the Speak Up For Blue Patreon Community.

Direct download: SUFB_S539_KatapultYourOceanStartUpWithMarenHjorthBauer.mp3
Category:Impact Investing -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Talking about Ocean issues everyday can get a little tiring, so I've been doing some research to see what is being done about solutions. 

There are some organizations such as Conservation X Labs that help engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs to create prototypes that will provide conservation solutions and scale their business. 

There are also impact investing firms that are trying to incentivize start ups who are helping the Ocean and create programs to help them scale their business to have a wider reach.

I talk about some of the start ups that were announced for the Sustainable Oceans Solutions' "Ocean Solutions Accelerator Program."

Check out some of these companies and the positive impact they could have on the Oceans.

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Let me know what you think of these companies in our Facebook Group.

Check out our Deep Dive show in the Speak Up For Blue Patreon Community.


I keep talking about the Ocean Clean Up Project because I get angry at the fact that there has been little criticism about the project in the mainstream media. So when I found this story, I had to talk about it on the podcast. This article really dives into the problems with the apparatus. I wanted to go through it because it's good to have criticism. 

I should get one thing straight. I do support start ups that help the Oceans; however, not if it will affect wildlife. 

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The Southern Resident Orca Population are considered a Schedule 1 Endangered Species by the Canadian Species At Risk Act. The main reason for the decline of the Orca population which only has 75 individuals left is because of the lack of Chinook Salmon, this according to Dr. Naomi Rose. 

Dr. Naomi Rose is our guest on the podcast today in the second of a two-part interview where we discussed the endangered Orca population.

Naomi describes some of the biggest barriers (physical and policy) that are creating such a low level population of the Orcas' only food source. There are some quick fixes that will help Salmon and Orca populations increase...and no, it's not a sea lion cull.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Check out our new Deep Dive show where Naomi discusses why an increase in SeaWorld business is proof that the Blackfish Effect is working!!!

 


We have our most popular guest on the podcast today, Dr. Naomi Rose. She is a Marine Conservation Advocate who works for the Animal Welfare Institute where she specializes in Whales in Captivity. 

Naomi came on the podcast to discuss the plight of wild Orcas of the Southern Resident Population; however, we first got on the topic of Marine Conservation Advocacy and discussed it for a while. It was such great advice and content that I thought I would divide the interview into 2 parts: Today's interview focusing on marine advocacy when it comes to Orcas; and, tomorrow's interview focusing on what is causing the depletion of the Southern Resident Orca population.

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a good marine advocate, or an environmental advocate in genera, then this is the episode for you.

Check out the episode and let me know what you think about advocacy in our Facebook Group.

Want more of Naomi? Check out her thoughts on why she hopes that SeaWorld does well under a new business model in our new episode of the Deep Dive.

Direct download: SUFB_S535_HowMarineAdvocacyWorksUsingOrcasAsAnExampleWithDrNaomiRose.mp3
Category:Advocacy -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

There is a big United Nations meeting that is going to happen in New York City soon that some researchers say will dictate the long term survival of the Ocean. The meeting has been in the works for years with countries expected to sign on to a pact that will manage the high seas over a number of issues from water quality to fisheries. 

Scientists have published on the way the high seas (ocean areas that are not governed by any country) have been treated in the past and have been outspoken on the need to better protect them. 

Some researchers say the oceans will be in trouble if countries do not sign on to protect the high seas at this meeting. 

Do you think that is true? Do you think Accords such as the Paris Climate Change Accord will help reduce climate change impact?

Let me know in the Facebook Group.

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Check out our new shows that we are testing: Deep Dive and Dugongs and Seadragons (Coming soon)

Direct download: SUFB_S534_DoesTheFutureOfOurOceanComeDownToOneMeeting.mp3
Category:High Seas -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Marine Conservation can be a tricky business at times. This episode covers one of those tricky times and it has to do with the porbeagle shark. 

The porbeagle shark is a "mini-great white" that only feeds on fish. It's population on the east coast has dwindled to 10% of its initial population. The Canadian government has put them on the Species At Risk list to help protect them; however, the shark crosses the Canadian-US border where it is not protected and it is fished and allowed to be taken. 

Researchers in Canada are worried after they have seen an increased amount of social media posts with dead porbeagle sharks that were legally caught. 

What would you do in this predicament? 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Check out our new show were are trying out called The Deep Dive, where you get to hear more from our guests about their passions, careers and opinions on various Ocean topics.

Direct download: SUFB_S533_ProbeagleSharksProtectedInOneCountryKilledInAnother.mp3
Category:Shark -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

There is a report that was released by the Ocean Conservancy that states over 80% of the marine debris that enters the Ocean comes from 20% of the countries, primarily in the Asian Region of the world. Most of it could be attributed to lack of a waste management infrastructure. Since then, the focus of marine debris has been on those countries, but over in North America, we are not perfect. 

The lack of perfection was highlighted after a story came out that a Canadian Mall's food court staff had managed to reduce the number of garbage bags by 117 bags/day. They now throw out 3 bags of garbage per day.

How did they do it? You will have to listen to the episode to find out!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Check out our new show were are trying out called The Deep Dive, where you get to hear more from our guests about their passions, careers and opinions on various Ocean topics.

Direct download: SUFB_S532_CanadianMallFoodCourtProvesThatWeCanDoBetterWithTrash.mp3
Category:Marine Debris -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

I had the pleasure of interviewing Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons, who is also known as @MotherOfRays - a fantastic Twitter handle!!! We discussed a recent paper that she published on the feeding behaviour of smooth rays around a recreational fishing cleaning area. 

The fishers clean their fish and discard the fish "waste" into the ocean where the rays feed; however, this feeding behaviour could be detrimental to the overall survival of the rays, especially if the cleaning station disappears leaving the rays to fend for themselves.

If you want to here more from Joni about how she got into Marine Science, here graduate career and her views on Shark Week, Steve Irwin and more, check out the new Deep Dive show we have on our Patreon.  

Links for Joni:

Joni's Stingray Diaries Website

Stingray Diaries Facebook Page

Stingray Diaries Instagram Page

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Direct download: SUFB_S531_SmoothRayFeedingBehaviourWithJoinPiniFitzsimmons.mp3
Category:Stingrays -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

SeaWorld is rebounding with higher attendance in the first 2 quarters fo this year pleasing investors and making them think that the fallout from the Blackfish documentary that showed the entertainment park was ignoring scientific evidence that the small tanks and shows were harming the mental and emotional state of the captive orcas. 

An investigation is still under way by the SEC into allegations that SeaWorld misreported the gravity of the effect of Blackfish on attendance to its investors back in 2014; however, the penalty will be minimal. 

Attractions such as the Electric Eel roller coaster at the San Diego Park and offering free beer to customers at the Orlando park are believed to increase attendance. 

These attractions are not related to the orca captivity issue itself; however, should people still support SeaWorld knowing that the park is not releasing the orcas or any other marine mammal? I would love to hear your answer. 

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Category:Seaworld -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

As if plastic pollution in the ocean wasn't bad enough, now researchers have revealed that as plastics degrade in the light (photo-degradation), they emit greenhouse gases. 

Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa published an article in PLOS One recently were they tested how gases were released as different forms of plastics degraded in saltwater.

Surface area increased as the plastics were degraded increasing the amount of gasses that were introduced to the atmosphere. 

Plastics were created 70 years ago and researchers predict that production will double over the next 2 decades. We need to engage with plastic manufacturers to decrease the amount of plastics that are used in current products. 

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A couple of weeks ago, I published an episode on a number of Sea Turtles floated ashore dead from a red time bloom off of Southwest Florida. The long term prognosis did not look good as the red tides usually happen in the winter, where cool water from the land break up the red tide; however, this red tide happened in the summer, where cool water is absent.

I thought I would do an update on the situation for this episode, but the update is worse than the initial story. There are almost 400 Sea Turtles dead. There are a number of manatees dead as well. Thousands of fish are also dead and shellfish in the red tide are not going to be consumed by anyone as they are likely contaminated.

Instead of focusing on the numbers of dead animals for this episode, I thought I would focus on how changes in water quality management has really caused this horrible event. You can trace the cause back to deregulation of important environmental management practices. 

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Researchers at the University of Exeter have discovered that European sea bass lose some of their sense of smell when pH dips in tiny amounts, which means that Ocean Acidification with cause this fish to become vulnerable.

The study showed the bass have to be 42% closer to their prey, to their habitat and their predators to detect them leaving them vulnerable to hunt for food, find suitable habitat and be at risk of predation.

This study opens up the question as to whether other fish will show similar results in more acidic waters.

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Category:Ocean Acidification -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation decided to give $100 million dollars towards marine conservation in Australia as he criticizes the Australian government for their lack of protection for proposed roll backs on Marine Protected Areas within the country.

On top of that, Andrew is doing his PhD in Marine Conservation as he tries to find ways to create ways of economic and marine conservation sustainability.

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There is a population on the Ile aux Cochons that is located between South Africa and Antarctica that holds a significant portion of the populations of King Penguins. Unfortunately, the population of those penguins has decreased by 90% over the past 40 years going from 2 million individuals to 200,000. 

Researchers have been using satellite imagery to measure the population change over the years and discovered the huge loss of penguins. The hypothesize that the loss could be due to climate change and El Nino events, Competition for Food and Avian Cholera. 

The researchers plan on visiting the island to determine the cause(s) on a trip in 2019.

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I learned about the Ocean Conveyor Belt that influenced the climate for the Northwestern Atlantic and Northeastern Atlantic regions when I was in school quite some time ago. It fascinated me that the ocean can have such a prolific role in regulating Climate. 

It seems that it also has a role in controlling, or accelerating Climate Change, as well. Researchers from China have recently published an article in Nature regarding how the conveyor belt can help take Greenhouse Gases out of the atmosphere and bury them 1,500 metres below the Ocean's surface. Alternatively, if the belt slows or stops, then the gases will have nowhere to go and will remain in the atmosphere. 

According to the article, the authors predict that the belt has slowed and will remain in this state for another 20 years. This does not look good for global temperatures.

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Thomas Cook, a major UK tour operator, has officially stopped selling Seaworld tickets due to the captive mammal facility not abiding bu ABTA guidelines on animal welfare. 

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization has been working with Thomas Cook for the past 18 months to investigate whether the park was adhering to the guidelines. The investigation resulted in a failure and the tour operator took action.

This could be the beginning of a slew of other tour operators that stop selling tickets to captive marine mammal parks due to ethical reasons. 

The Blackfish documentary blew lid off of the captive marine mammal parks and how the animals were going crazy being help in those tiny tanks. Blackfish shone a light on the problems that advocacy groups had been telling the public for decades. 

It's a great battle won for the movement to free captive whales and stop parks like Seaworld from keeping marine mammals captive.

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In cool ocean news, Scientists at Cascadia Research Collective have discovered a new dolphin hybrid species off the coast of the Kauai, Hawai'i. The hybrid was the product of a melon-headed-dolphin and a rough-toothed dolphin, where the former is rare in Hawaiian waters. 

A two-week study revealed observations of the melon-headed dolphin and another rare species called pantropical spotted dolphins. Both species were tagged and will be monitored for future observations.

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