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This year on #Thanksgiving, Oceana is thankful for all that our oceans provide us with, such as food, jobs and a diverse array of marine life and habitats that we cannot afford to lose. Learn more about what we all have to be #thankful for regarding the #oceans this year by following the link in our bio, and let us know why you’re #thankful for the oceans in the comments below. 📸: Oceana / Jon Dee #ocean #sealion #marinelife

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Hey, are you guys coming? These are jackass penguins, known for their sound that is similar to a donkey’s call. This species is restricted to the waters and rocky shores of southern Africa, and is actually the only species of penguin to nest in Africa. Learn more about these unique #penguins on our website – OCEANA.org/marine-life. 📸: Sergey Uryadnikov #ocean

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Having #Friendsgiving before going home for the holidays? These sea lions look like they're having a Friendsgiving of their own. 📸: ©️ Tim Calver #ocean #thanksgiving

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Marine biologists have a lot of high-tech tools at their disposal. But sometimes, to get the job done, they just need a #puffin. Learn more about the ways that scientists have partnered with puffins to study #ocean health in our new #blog post, link in bio. 📸: Liliana Berkut

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Another week, another #WhaleWednesday! This week we take a look at the sperm whale, which has the most powerful sonar of any animal, using this tool to find their prey in the deep, dark sea. They have an ability to dive to incredible depths (up to 1000 meters) and can stay below the surface for as long as two hours. Because sperm whale calves cannot undertake these deep dives, groups of mothers form tight bonds and share the responsibility of protecting calves at the surface as other mothers dive for food. Talk about a babysitters club! 📸: Shane Gross #MomLife #ocean #whale #babyanimals

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Bobtail squid live in shallow coastal waters and are also known as dumpling squid. These cephalopods have a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria, which inhabit a special light organ in the squid’s mantle, hiding the squid when viewed from below by matching the amount of light hitting the top of the mantle. 📸: Sarawut Kundej #squid #ocean #cute

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Historians speculate that sailors used to mistake #manatees for mermaids because of their slow-moving nature, human-like eyes and paddle-like tails. November is #ManateeAwarenessMonth, so check out our latest Instagram story to learn all about these marine teddy bears (because they’re WAY cooler than mermaids 😉) Photo: Andrea Izzotti 📸 #ocean #cute #marinelife

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The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation’s most important, successful and popular laws – but now this landmark law faces grave attacks from anti-environmental interests in Congress. Sea otters and other imperiled #ocean animals need you to speak up on their behalf, before it’s too late. Follow the link in our bio to tell Congress to oppose any legislation that would weaken the ESA. 📷: Doug Meek

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Do you dream of traveling the world? Loggerhead sea #turtles do just that- crossing the ocean several times in the span of their lives! Juvenile loggerheads may spend as long as 7-12 years foraging in the open #ocean, and scientists are only recently beginning to learn where these turtles go and what they do during these “lost years”. 📸: ©️ OCEANA / Carlos Suárez #TurtleTuesday

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Oceana's on-the-water expeditions have resulted in multiple campaign victories. These expeditions allow Oceana to photograph, film and research unique marine ecosystems, like the #jellyfish pictured here. To learn more about Oceana's expeditions, visit our website- OCEANA.org/expeditions. 📸: ©️ OCEANA / Juan Cuetos #ocean

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According to a study published in Science, less than 4% of the #oceans remain unaffected by human activity.​ Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were. Join us in that mission, follow the link in our bio to learn more about how you can help. 📸: ©️ OCEANA Carlos Minguell #ocean #dolphins #marinelife

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November is #ManateeAwarenessMonth, and there is more to these "sea cows" than meets the eye. Even though manatees have the lowest brain-to-body ratio of any marine mammal, a study found that manatees are as adept at experimental tasks as dolphins, one of the smartest animals on the planet. Additionally, manatees have unique physiology, brain organization and sensory abilities, like a highly developed sense of touch thanks to thick hairs called vibrissae that envelop its whole body. Scientists have found that evolution in the manatee's brain has allowed it to perfectly adapt to its environment. 📸: Getty Images #ocean #manatee

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The Wolf Eel is definitely not a wolf, but not an eel either; it's one of five species in the "wolffish" family. This species of wolffish looks ferocious, but wolf-eels tend to be aggressive only to other wolf-eels. Despite this, Wolf eels mate for life, and together the male and female look after the eggs as they develop. A female lays up to 10,000 eggs at a time, then coils around them, using her body to shape the eggs into a neat sphere. When the female is settled, the male coils around her as an added layer of protection. 📸: Greg Amptman #ocean

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Wait, what do you mean tomorrow is #Monday? 📸: Ulrike Jordan #ocean #seal #cute

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Though they feed in the marine environment, king #penguins mate and nest on rocky shores during the Southern Hemisphere summer. Both male and female remain faithful to their partner for at least one nesting season, and approximately one third of all king penguin couples remain faithful to the same partner for multiple years. Total penguin #RelationshipGoals 💙 📸: Ondrej Prosicky #ocean #cute

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Shark finning is a wasteful and inhumane practice in which a shark’s fins are cut off, and the body is discarded at sea to drown. While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins are still bought and sold in the country. Follow the link in our bio to add your name now and tell Congress to prohibit the sale and trade of all shark fin products in the U.S. 📸: Ethan Daniels #FinBanNow #ocean

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Have you ever heard of a crabeater seal? These guys spend their entire lives in the pack-ice zone surrounding Antarctica, resting and breeding on pack-ice and feeding in the surrounding water. Despite what their name implies, these seals live off a diet of krill, usually diving to depths of up to 250 meters to feast. 📸: Mariusz Potocki #ocean

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In addition to having eight arms and being masters of disguise, octopuses also have three hearts and nine brains. Two of the hearts pump blood to the gills, while the third circulates blood to the rest of the body. And no, this was no typo, octopuses use one central brain to control their nervous systems and a small brain in each arm to control movement. 📸: Kondratuk Aleksei #ocean

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Oceana has already won victories that protect more than one million miles of ocean, continually seeking ways to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. Learn more about Oceana’s mission and what you can do to help on our website- OCEANA.org/Take-Action. 📷: Tomas Kotouc

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Once on land, adélie penguins build nests and line them with small stones. Though they strut with a “penguin waddle” they are capable walkers who can cover long overland distances. In early spring, before the vast sheets of ice break up, they may have to walk 31 miles from their nests to reach open water. Find out more about these lovable seabirds on our marine encyclopedia (OCEANA.org/marine-life) 📸: Shutterstock #SeaBirdSaturday #ocean

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Good morning! Have a great #Saturday! 📸: Shvaygert Ekaterina #ocean #cute #babyanimals

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Reaching sizes of at least 16 inches, the Spanish dancer is the largest nudibranch in the #ocean. This sea slug doesn’t blend well with its surroundings, but it’s bright coloring, as with many other sea slugs, serves as a warning to predators that it’s not tasty or safe to eat. Though this species spends most of its time crawling along the reef surface, it will swim when threatened, violently flapping and displaying its brightest warning colors. 📸: Jill Samzow

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Southern sea #otters, green sea #turtles, West Indian manatees and many other beloved ocean #animals would be extinct – gone forever – if not for the Endangered Species Act. Tell your members of Congress to protect imperiled ocean life by opposing any legislation that would weaken the Endangered Species Act by following the link in our bio. 📸: Andy Deitsch #ocean

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Meet the bluespotted ray! These colorful creatures can be found throughout Indian and Pacific Oceans in nearshore, coral reef-associated habitats. 📸: Shutterstock: Serg Dibrova #ocean

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Happy #FishFriday! 🐠 The ocean sunfish, or mola, develop their bullet-like shape because their back fins simply never grow. Instead, it folds into itself as it matures, creating a rounded rudder called a clavus. Mola in Latin means "millstone" which describes this species circular shape. They can often be found basking in the sun near the surface and are often mistaken for sharks when their huge dorsal fins rise above the water. 📸: Shutterstock #ocean #fish

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💤 Sweet dreams! 📸: Shutterstock #ocean #sealions #marinelife #cute

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INSTAGRAM STORY ALERT! #Orcas are one of a few marine animals to use a technique called ‘spy-hopping’. Scientists think they poke their heads out of the water like this to get a better viewpoint above the ocean’s surface when hunting. To learn more about orcas, check out our story! 📸: Tory Kallman #ocean #marinelife

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Introducing the blue glaucus, the newest member of Oceana’s marine encyclopedia! Also known as the blue dragon, sea swallow or blue angel, the blue glaucus is a species of brightly colored sea slug and can be found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in temperate and tropical waters. Like most nudibranchs, this species incorporates toxic chemicals or stinging cells from its prey into its own skin. This ability provides the blue glaucus with a defense mechanism against predation. Get a more in-depth look at this nudibranch on our website- OCEANA.org/marine-life. 📸: Sylke Rohrlach #ocean #marinelife

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Every year, between 63 and 273 million #sharks are caught and killed because of #fishing. Oceana’s new report, published today (link in bio), shows how technology can be used to shed light on the potential interactions between fishing vessels and sharks. By showing the overlap of fishing activity with tagged blue sharks, the report demonstrates a cutting-edge approach to studying the impacts of commercial fishing activities on marine wildlife and opening the door for future conservation efforts. 📸: Terry Goss #ocean

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This is my last post for the day, and I couldn’t think of a better way to close than with a picture of these beautiful ocean giants. Humpback whales are known for their complex songs, which can be heard from miles away. Let’s make sure these whales keep singing. I’m wrapping up my meetings with members of Congress for the day, but you can still help right now. Click the link in Oceana’s bio to #DefendMarineMammals. This is @MirandaCosgrove saying thanks for tuning in and for all you do for our #oceans! 📸: Shutterstock / Michael Smith

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