Make a Difference Monday – Oceana’s Ocean Heroes Award

Filed Under (Make a Difference Monday, Special Events) by Alexa & Cindy on 27-04-2009

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Who cares if it’s almost Tuesday? Today’s MADM urges you to put your favorite ocean champion in the spotlight by nominating him or her for Oceana’s Ocean Heroes Award.

Now through May 8th, you can nominate yourself or someone you know who you think exemplifies an ocean do-gooder, and help Oceana celebrate World Ocean Day (June 8).

Oceana experts will choose the list of finalists for the award, and voters may cast their votes between May 18th and 31st. There is no age limit for nominees.

Oceana will announce the first, second and third-place winners June 8th.

Splash on over to Oceana’s nomination page and put forth your candidate now.

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Sea Turtle Friday, part one – elegant, gravely endangered.

Filed Under (Aquariums, conservation, sea turtles) by Alexa & Cindy on 24-04-2009

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They’re not freaky, they’re graceful, almost mesmerizing to watch glide through the water.

They look old and wise.

And patient, like seasoned survivors.

But time may be running out for sea turtles.

O4E wants you to consider getting behind sea turtles and their future on earth. Who wants the world’s oldest surviving creature to die off by human hands?

We recently spent some time watching, and waiting, at the Tennessee Aquarium. Just a glimpse was all we wanted.

Watch how Stewie rewarded our patience, and catch our message.

Already know all about sea turtles, you say?

Then put it to the test and take eleven year-old Casey Sokolovic’s sea turtle quiz. Hint: save your answers, because there may be a CONTEST coming on…and OK, maybe we helped you out on one of the answers. ;)

The LAST (Love A Sea Turtle) Quiz
1. What is the biggest threat for sea turtles?

A. Jellyfish
B. Humans
C. Fish

2.Out of the seven species of sea turtles, how
many are found along the East Coast/Atlantic Ocean?

A. 3
B. 4
C. 5

3.What is the largest type of sea turtle?

A. Leatherback
B. Loggerhead
C. Hawksbill

4. How long can sea turtles live?

A. 35-40 years
B. 65-70+ years
C. 10-15 years

5. Where do sea turtles lay their eggs?

A. In the sand
B. In the ocean
C. In an egg sack

It’s OK if you were nervous, we were, too.

Coming up: ways to learn about, and ways to help sea turtles – “on location” in their habitat, and from your own home.

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Whales on video. From a submarine.

Filed Under (Whales) by Alexa & Cindy on 22-04-2009

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“OH. My. GOSH.”

That about sums up this video of an Atlantis tour submarine encounter with a pod of Humpback whales off Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, on April 5th.

Once in a lifetime experience – at least for most people we know!

Thanks to Michael of Maui Reflections for turning us onto this one.

An Earth Day gift from O4E to you. ;)

Enjoy!

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