A Matter of Value
Photo credit: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-we-must-explore-sea-180952763/

A Matter of Value

“Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.”   – Heinrich Zimmer What’s greenish-grey, lives 600 meters beneath the ocean’s surface, and desperately needs to see an orthodontist? Give up? The answer, my friends,…

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Fins for Fingerprints

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed that we often mention dolphins by name. Have you ever wondered how we can tell which dolphin is which? Today, we’re going to give you a crash course…

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What Is a UME?

Although the acronym “UME” sounds rather benign like it could be a new term of technical jargon, it really refers to something very sad. UME stands for “Unusual Mortality Event.” As defined by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a UME…

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Three-Letter Words

This blog piece is part of a new GDEP series, Back to Basics. In Back to Basics we will explore topics that you probably learned about at some point. Maybe it’s been a while and you’ve forgotten, or maybe you’d…

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Not Your Typical Fish Market
A Bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) is cleaning the gill of a Blue angelfish (Pomcanthus semicirculatus). This photo was taken in marine protection area in Green island. Photo Credit: Vincent C. Chen.

Not Your Typical Fish Market

Obviously, we here at GDEP have a lot of love for big, charismatic, marine animals. Marine mammals such as orcas and dolphins are known for their intelligence, complex social structure, and beauty. We could go on and on about the…

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Soda Tops & Porpoise POPs
Photo credit: GDEP/John Schacke

Soda Tops & Porpoise POPs

Marine mammal population health has been in the news a lot lately. Perhaps you heard that marine scientists didn’t see a single baby Atlantic Right Whale during the 2018 calving season. Or maybe you’re aware of the dwindling population of Vaquitas in the Gulf…

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The Rising (Red) Tide
Fish Kill, National Geographic (Ben Depp). This year’s red tide off the coast of southwestern Florida has caused a devastating loss of marine life and nationwide alarm. What’s the science behind the apocalyptic images?

The Rising (Red) Tide

Red tide has been wreaking havoc on southwestern Florida - here's what you need to know about the algal issue, what causes it, and what you can do.

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We Need to Talk
UN Environment launched #CleanSeas in 2017. Source: https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/teams/Turn-The-Tide-On-Plastic.html

We Need to Talk

In February of this year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) came out with a PSA encouraging us to break up with what, for most of us, has been a long-term partner. This partner has carried our food, offered…

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Georgia’s Own Loch Ness Monster?

Recently, the Georgia coast was abuzz with news that a strange sea creature had washed ashore on a beach in the Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge. The “Loch Ness-type thing” was discovered by a local fisherman, Jeff Warren, and his…

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Marine Protected Areas
Coral reefs are homes to incredible biodiversity. Photo credit: LinkTV; www.linktv.org/shows/earth-focus/an-introduction-to-coral-reefs

Marine Protected Areas

With a stroke of his pen on August 26, 2016, Barrack Obama quadrupled the size of a marine protected area (MPA) established a decade earlier by George W. Bush, creating the largest ecologically protected area on the planet (Executive Order…

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