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When you put that fishing line into the rich waters of the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica, you never know for certain what may latch on to the other end. You could engage in battle with a powerful marlin, or be up against the brute strength of a full-grown dorado, which is a fish with a couple aliases — mahi mahi in some parts of the world and dolphinfish elsewhere. Fishing this part of the global seas also provides you with a very good chance to meet the quite peculiar-looking and appropriately-named roosterfish with its spikey pompadour, or you could land a...

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Is it possible that the world's largest sea turtle may soon be removed from the endangered species status? The US government is collecting detailed information about a decision that would permanently change the conservation status of the Atlantic Ocean's leatherback sea turtle. Leatherback sea turtles have been listed as endangered for over four decades, but fishing groups have sent a signed petition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) asking them to remove their status to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Fishermen say better information about the turtle's population is important because rules about its conservation status directly impact commercial fishing. On Monday, February 5th,...

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“I thought this was incredible, to get to see them go back to their homes. I think they’re going to make it.” DESTIN — Terra Throgmorton held a slippery green sea turtle, Solo, in her hands. It's Thursday morning, and they're headed towards the Gulf of Mexico. Solo is one of 9 turtles reported to be released into the Gulf of Mexico. The young turtle, which spent the last few weeks at the Gulfarium’s CARE center being rehabilitated after she was discovered cold stunned in Choctawhatchee Bay, was finally going to go home. Throgmorton, a senior level aquarist at the Gulfarium who had played an indisposable part in...

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One thing is clear; the future is looking female for green sea turtles born Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Only about 1 percent of baby green sea turtles hatching are male now,  a sad outcome of global warming, according to a new study. In sea turtles, warm temperatures produce significantly more female hatchlings. Vice versa, cooler temperatures produce more males. Higher temperatures from global warming have made it so “virtually no male turtles are now being produced” in the green sea turtle population in the northern Great Barrier Reef, according to the findings of the study. “That’s really ringing alarm bells for the long-term status...

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"The largest barrier reef above the northern hemisphere has received an extended reprieve from seismic surveying. Officials in Belize agree to suspend seismic exploration of offshore oil after an outcry from concerned citizens, national civil society establishments and international conservation organizations—including Good Life Bracelets' partners—and their supporters. The government of Belize on Thursday instructed surveyors to “cease and desist seismic operations immediately.” Belize is home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, flourishing with vibrant color and life. When the government of Belize decided it would conduct seismic surveying to find additional pockets of oil, it impacted the local reefs beyond...

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