Blog: Oceans

Cunning cephalopods: 8 sneaky squid, octopus and cuttlefish

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 9 October 2014 at 1:24pm - Comments
Octopus sitting on the sea bed
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Octopus celebrating Cephalopod Week

With cunning ways of evading predators and snaring their prey, cephalopods are the ninjas of our oceans. From the scary 'vampire squid from hell' to the adorable Dumbo octopus, here’s eight quirky ocean-dwellers which show why caring about these fascinating animals should go beyond #CephalopodWeek.

For the oceans - every week is Shark Week!

Posted by Willie — 7 August 2014 at 2:50pm - Comments
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‘Shark’:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack.  #SharkWeek ramps up the public awareness around sharks, but it’s also a chance to reconsider and revalue these iconic, and undoubtedly awesome, ocean creatures.

The evidence flying over their heads

Posted by victoriah — 28 July 2014 at 11:18am - Comments
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Out in the water in the Arctic, the evidence of commercial fishing's impact is staring me in the face, with beady eyes.

Guillemot Central

Posted by Richard Page — 28 July 2014 at 11:18am - Comments
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For a birder there are few sights more exciting than a large cliff-side colony of breeding seabirds with all the noise and activity, the endless comings and goings. It would be impossible not to be impressed by the cliffs at Alkefjellet in Svalbard. The glacier ice is red in places a result of an algae living within the ice. Stretching from the entrance of a fjord and butting up to a glacier, this area is truly a living land and seascape.

Top 10 reasons to love the ocean

Posted by Willie — 23 July 2014 at 2:44pm - Comments
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We need to protect our beautiful oceans and the ecosystems within from overfishing and pollution (which you can help to do by adding your name to the petition to defend our oceans)

Why? Because they are home to a staggering 80% of life on Earth... but aside from that amazing fact, here are our top ten reasons to love the ocean:

Finally, a tinfoil hat that works.

Posted by victoriah — 22 July 2014 at 7:06pm - Comments
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Four of us hunch over a screen with the radio operator. We're looking at AIS (Automatic Identification System) information, a tracking system used to locate vessels. 
In fact, anyone can see a basic version of this information online. But there's a reason we're freezing our arses off here in the Arctic rather than checking the information, slipper-clad, from our sofas. 

Championing coastal waters and communities

Posted by Nina Schrank — 16 July 2014 at 2:48pm - Comments
Cornish fisherman with his catch of the day
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A Sennen Cove fisherman with his catch of the day

While my colleagues have been doing big, bold and brash things like confronting oil drilling in the Arctic and taking on Tescos over their slipped commitments on sustainable tuna, I was reading reports by the European Commission and poring over the minute details of European Regulation. Doesn’t sound very Greenpeace, does it?

The final countdown: we’re on the road to clean tuna

Posted by Ariana Densham — 13 June 2014 at 1:15pm - Comments
Skipjack Tuna in East Pacific Ocean
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Skipjack Tuna in East Pacific Ocean

If they thought they had avoided Greenpeace’s scrutiny, they were wrong. For the first time, we are checking what’s in the tuna tins in Aldi, Lidl, Ocado, Iceland, Budgens and Booths. They join a growing list of supermarkets we’ve surveyed about the tuna they use in their tins, and how it’s caught. 

Great news on tuna from UK supermarkets

Posted by Ariana Densham — 23 May 2014 at 11:45am - Comments
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Green turtle swimming in the Maldives

Can you see the sharks shaking their tail fins and turtles clapping their flippers? CAN you?!

They’re doing their happy dance because of the recent good news from Asda. 

The supermarket – which is part of the global Walmart group - has committed to applying the same sustainability standards to all the brands of tinned tuna they sell, not just their own brand.

Ocean heroes in a half shell: it’s World Turtle Day!

Posted by Willie — 23 May 2014 at 12:12am - Comments
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Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don’t loiter around so much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts, and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land to lay eggs.

They are truly creatures of the ocean. And they are pretty special.

Today is World Turtle Day – so what better excuse to shell out a bit of love and respect to these most iconic ocean ambassadors?

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