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Farmed fish may be safe for humans but not for the oceans

So it looks like the FDA is going to give the green light to genetically altered salmon. The “AquAdvantage” Atlantic salmon contains a growth hormone from the Chinook salmon, which causes it to grow twice as quickly as regular Atlantic salmon. Even if I did eat fish, I can’t imagine eating something that has been…

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A new season of Whale Wars begins

Whale Wars, the popular TV series, begins its third season tomorrow. If you’ve been following Sea Shepherd virtually, you already know the bullet points about the upcoming season. A destroyed ship, more lives endangered, and an activist in prison. And, most important, many whales were saved. But more than 500 whales died. The battle between the…

How to learn more about penguins

Did you know that there were 17 species of penguins? You would if you had matriculated at Antarctica University. There’s a university in Antarctica? Well, not exactly. It’s a virtual university. And it’s hosted by one of the leading Antarctic research organizations: Oceanities. Oceanities is an impressive organization — balancing public education (like Penguins 101)…

The King on Bing

I was happy to see a very young King Penguin on Bing this morning. This photo was taken on South Georgia Island by Tony Ernst. I hope to visit this island some day, as it’s home to one of the largest King Penguin colonies on the planet. Kings aren’t the largest penguins on this planet…