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    Creature Feature: Manatees

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    Creature Feature: Manatees

    There are three species of manatees; the Amazonian manatee, the West African manatee, and the West Indian manatee. All three species are named after the region they inhabit. ... READ MORE

    Coral Bleaching

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    Creature Feature: Narwhals

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    Creature Feature: Narwhals

    We’ve seen narwhals in children’s movies, books, and merchandise; but have you ever wondered who are these unicorns of the sea? This porpoise is famously known for its beautiful, long tusk, also referred to as its “horn.” Primarily male narwhals have a tusk, while females rarely do; some narwhals can even have two tusks!... READ MORE

    Coho Salmon Spotlight

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    Coho Salmon Spotlight

    Populations of coho salmon in Columbia, Oregon, and Northern California are currently threatened, as stated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. However, they are endangered in Central California; these endangered status’ can begin to spread to other locations very quickly if we don’t find a solution.... READ MORE

    Creature Feature: Dumbo Octopus

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    Creature Feature: Dumbo Octopus

    If you weren’t aware, there are approximately 300 octopus species living in our oceans, one of these includes the dumbo octopus! Don’t feel bad if you’ve never seen one in person, as these creatures live up to 13,000 feet deep in the ocean. ... READ MORE

    Celebrating Our Blue Planet

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    Celebrating Our Blue Planet

    Every year, Ocean First Institute relishes the chance to celebrate our blue planet on Earth Day. This year, of course, it looks a little different. The traditional trash cleanups and outdoor gatherings have been replaced by virtual celebrations and at-home activities. Although we are living in challenging times, we at Ocean First Institute believe in finding moments of optimism.... READ MORE

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sydney Eckert

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    Volunteer Spotlight: Sydney Eckert

    Here at Ocean First Institute, our volunteers are everything! One volunteer, in particular, has gone above and beyond in helping us continue our mission in the community.... READ MORE

    Creature Feature: Oceanic Whitetip Shark

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    Creature Feature: Oceanic Whitetip Shark

    Check out our Creature Feature post celebrating Shark Week with oceanic whitetip sharks! ... READ MORE

    Notes From the Field – Florida Expedition 2019

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    Notes From the Field – Florida Expedition 2019

    Check out Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza’s notes from the field from our latest research expedition to Florida!... READ MORE

    Volunteer Spotlight: Klara Fejer

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    Volunteer Spotlight: Klara Fejer

    It is rare to catch a glimpse of Ocean First Institute volunteer Klara Fejer, as her face is often obscured behind a screen, a camera, or a facemask. This Boulder native and passionate conservationist handles the digital media for Ocean First professionally and for OFI as an immensely valued volunteer.... READ MORE