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Creature Feature: Manatees

Creature Feature: Manatees

 Photo Credit: Unsplash Blog by Tresa Walker  April 2021 Species Name: Trichechus Species Habitat(s): Amazonian manatee: South America; West African manatee: Western region of Africa; West Indian manatee: North America Predators: Humans Prey or Major Food Sources:...

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

Image Credit: Flickr Blog by Tresa Walker Corals, members of the animal phylum cnidaria, are known for the vital role they play in our oceans. 25% of species depend on them for protection to hide from predators, gain shelter, and find food. Along with this, humans...

Creature Feature: Narwhals

Creature Feature: Narwhals

  Photo Credit: WWF Blog by: Tresa Walker Species Name: Monodon monoceros Species Habitat(s): Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Predators: Primarily killer whales and polar bears. Sometimes Greenland Sharks. Prey or Major Food Sources:...

Coho Salmon Spotlight

Coho Salmon Spotlight

Photo Credit: Alaska SeaLife Center Blog Written By: Tresa Walker Since the early 2000s, researchers have been tracking the alarming death rates of the coho salmon on the West Coast. The coho salmon are known for their importance to the culture of Native American...

Creature Feature: Dumbo Octopus

Creature Feature: Dumbo Octopus

A dumbo octopus saying “cheese!” Photo Credit: MBARI Blog written by: Tresa Walker Species Name: Grimpoteuthis  Species Habitat(s): Deep depth ocean areas worldwide  Predators: Primarily sharks, tunas, and dolphins  Prey or Major Food Sources: Opportunistic hunter ...

Celebrating Our Blue Planet

Celebrating Our Blue Planet

With respect to the ocean being the heart of our blue planet: We are often asked, 'How much protection is enough?' We can only answer with another question: How much of your heart is worth protecting?  -Sylvia Earle Every year, Ocean First Institute relishes the...

Volunteer Spotlight: Sydney Eckert

Volunteer Spotlight: Sydney Eckert

  Teaching students about Arctic adaptations during an OFI summer camp (2018). Photo Credit: Ocean First Institute.   There is an old expression, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”. The same must be true for ocean activist and OFI volunteer Sydney Eckert during...

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