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Ocean

News, views & stories from the realm of the whales.

Humpback whales of Vancouver Island

March 28th, 2016

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was given its common name because of the shape of its dorsal fin and its unique diving behaviour. Its scientific name, Megaptera, means “large-winged” and refers to its long, white, wing-like flippers. These fins can be as big as one-third of the animal’s body length and give incredible maneuverability, even being used to swim backwards…

The importance of our oceans

March 10th, 2016

Oceans are the planet’s life support system; their temperature, chemistry and currents drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Whether you live close to the coast, or far from it, you depend on the world’s oceans in many ways. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, medicines, and even the oxygen in the…

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