Blog: Oceans

In pictures: swimming with sharks

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 6 August 2013 at 11:52am - Comments
Whale Shark
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Whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay

It’s Shark Week! This collection of photos from our archive supports Discovery Channel’s celebration of these amazing species and the television programme’s aim to raise awareness and respect for sharks.

The essential Greenpeace guide to surviving a shark attack

Posted by Willie - 6 August 2013 at 10:36am - Comments
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Giving a hungry shark something else to chew on might be a good tactic.

It’s Shark Week. Despite us trying to tell you otherwise, some of you still worry about getting chomped by a shark. So, to allay your fears and help give you some practical ways to avoid being shark sushi, here is the handy Greenpeace guide to avoiding shark attacks.

Shaping up for a fin-filled Shark Week

Posted by Willie - 5 August 2013 at 9:30am - Comments
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Every week is Shark Week for the oceans campaign.

It’s Shark Week. You’re allowed to be excited. If you already like sharks you will doubtless be enjoying that the internet is awash with sharp-finned fun. But if you don’t know much about sharks, or are a bit wary because they’re scary, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Sharks need parks (and for you to stop rubbing them on your face)

Posted by Willie - 29 July 2013 at 4:34pm - Comments
Selfridges Project Ocean save our sharks display
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Selfridges Project Ocean - making sharks more fluffy

Okay, so it’s unlikely you’ll ever see a hammerhead on a helter-skelter; it’s fair to say you won’t see many basking sharks see-sawing with sawfish; and woe betide the wobbegong that tries to have a go on a roundabout. But sharks need parks too. They have as much right to play in safety as anyone else, right?

Blackfish: when whales turn killer

Posted by Willie - 24 July 2013 at 4:24pm - Comments
An orca performing
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Being held in captivity can chop 50-60 years from a killer whale's life expectancy

When I was little, I can vaguely remember a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park for my birthday. This was back in the days when the world was black and white, Starburst was called Opal Fruits, and they still had dolphins in captivity in the UK. I don’t remember much, but I know we watched a dolphin ‘show’ with balls and hoops and clapping and ‘ooh-ing’.

You can’t see a dolphin in the UK doing that today. That is progress.

'No one owns the fish of the sea': landmark ruling prevents ocean privatisation

Posted by Ariana Densham - 10 July 2013 at 10:32am - Comments
Sustainably caught fish in Hastings
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The High Court ruling prevents big business from claiming ownership of fish stocks

This morning I was at the High Court in central London where a historic ruling was handed down on who controls the UK's right to fish.

An attempt by big fishing firms to protect their decades-long stranglehold on Britain’s fish was resoundingly defeated in court. The judgement gives back control of our seas to the public and the UK government, rather than big industry.

Exposed: Iceland's whale hunt (graphic images)

Posted by jamess - 19 June 2013 at 5:35pm - Comments
Fin whale caught by an Icelandic whaling ship
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Iceland is once again undermining the global ban on commercial whaling

Sorry these pictures are grim, but it's important we get the message out.

This morning, one of our undercover photographers sent pictures showing a magnificent fin whale being harpooned and diced up by an Icelandic ship.

Together we have the power to protect the oceans

Posted by Joel Stewart - 8 June 2013 at 1:26pm - Comments
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The Arctic Sunrise arrives in London for World Oceans Day

In more than three decades at sea, I have had the pleasure to sail across the world’s oceans; I have had the privilege to witness ocean life in a way that few others can; I have experienced the magic and mystery of some of the planet’s biggest, smallest, most beautiful and strangest creatures. From blue whales to the tiniest seahorses and almost everything in between!

Making waves on the long road to fishing reform

Posted by simon clydesdale - 30 May 2013 at 4:07pm - Comments
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A petition of over 100,000 paper and digital paper boats is delivered to the EU Irish Presidency ahead of crucial CFP meetings

Listen. Can you hear it? No? Come closer. There. The fat CFP lady is beginning to sing.

Turtle recall

Posted by Willie - 23 May 2013 at 9:00am - Comments
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An Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swims in the open blue ocean of the Pacific.

When I heard it was World Turtle Day, I hatched a plan. I know that to an international audience ‘turtle’ covers  a multitude of reptile species, but rather than getting all Queens’ English-y over what is a tortoise, a terrapin or a turtle, I thought this was a good opportunity to focus in on the seven amazing species that roam our oceans – the sea turtles.

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