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Yang Yun, a Chinese Medical Student was taking part in a diving contest in Polar Land theme park. 

The diving contest required competitors to sink to the bottom of a 20-feet aquarium pool kept at arctic temperatures, and stay there with numerous beluga whales “for as long as possible without the aid of breathing equipment”.

When Yun couldn’t hold her breath any longer and tried to swim back to the surface, she encountered a terrible problem. “I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me—I was dead,” Yun told The Sun. Yun’s leg had cramped up under the icy conditions of the water, and acted like an anchor below her. She couldn’t swim to the surface, and was already completely out of oxygen.

But suddenly, Yun felt an ”incredible force under me driving me to the surface”. The contest organizers were stunned by the turn of events. “Mila noticed the problem before we did,” an organizer admitted to The Sun. “We suddenly saw the girl being pushed to the top of the pool with her leg in Mila’s mouth".

Mila wrapped her mouth as gently as possible around Yun’s leg and guided her softly back to the surface, at times letting go of her leg to nudge Yun upwards with her nose.

Many know of close interactions between humans and marine mammals. Mila’s case, however, is an amazing example of an animal actively trying to save a human life. According to a contest organizer, “[Mila is] a sensitive animal who works closely with humans and I think this girl owes [Mila], her life”. The contest organizers never noticed Yun encountering any trouble, but Mila could sense her stress before any human could.

What a whale of a tale!

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The above graph shows all of the Killer Whale deaths in $eaWorld facilities between 1971 and 2010. That is 36 deaths in 39 years, so roughly 1 dead Orca every single year.

Most of the deaths were caused by diseases, viruses and general illnesses that are virtually unseen and unheard of happening to wild Orca’s.

We at TurnTides are very strongly out to boycott $eaWorld and their cruel entertainment shows. Are you with us?

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Creature Feature: Sea Dragons     9/Mar/2013

Click on a photo and read the caption to learn more about this fascinating creature!

Note: You may need to zoom out to read some of the slides. You can do this by pressing “Ctrl” and “-” (the minus key) at the same time. To zoom back in again, hit “Ctrl” and “+”.

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Keep Our Sea Plastic-Bag Free!

  1. Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.

  2. Worldwide, as many as 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year.  This equates to 100 million barrels of oil! 

  3. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean. This means there is more plastic in the sea than plankton.

  4. Plastic bags are often mistakenly ingested by animals such as whales and turtles, clogging their intestines which results in death by starvation or suffocation. Other animals such as birds become entangled in plastic bags and either drown or are no longer able to fly.

  5. These plastic toxins end up in fish, which end up on our plates, which end up inside our bodies.

  6. Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for paper bag production. Paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as toxic chemicals like sulfurous acid, which can lead to acid rain and water pollution. So what we’re saying is: CANVAS BAGS RULE!

  7. Less than 3% of plastics are recycled worldwide!

  8. It takes 1,000 years for plastic to disintegrate. This means that every piece of plastic ever made still exists on earth today.

Say no to disposable plastic, and try to use your own reusable canvas tote bags for shopping. You could be saving the life of one of the beautiful animal species above.

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Although this video will not be physically addressed to a very wide audience, for those of you who (like our C.E.O and founder, Catherine Manning) are Irish and/or live and work in Ireland, this is an important and utterly breathtaking message for you all.

But then again, it’s a wonderful message to everyone!

“This land belongs not to us, but to the ones who come after”.

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The official trailer for the eye-opening film “Sharkwater”.

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Remarkable advert by GoPro Cameras.

Proving just how gentle a Great White Shark can be! - No “Jaws” here!

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How big is the ocean?

 

While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean.

So, how big is it?

As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere and much more.

Watch this video to find out why the ocean is worth protecting.

 

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6 DOLPHINS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED!
Almost everyone has heard of the Bottlenose Dolphin. Flipper was a bottlenose dolphin, and most dolphins that are used in anti-slaughter campaigns are also bottlenose as they have become the most relatable due to media.
They are also often considered the “cutest” - but we think these lovely finny-friends are just as cute!


1) Striped Dolphin - These beauties travel in schools that range from 100 to 500 individuals! And they can dive as far as 700 meters deep when hunting prey! Striped dolphins are often referred to as “streakers” because they are often to fast for boats to catch.

2) Spinner Dolphin - The spinner dolphin likes to have fun! It gets its name from its frequent acrobatic leaps into the air, where it rotates along its longitudinal axis. One of the more social dolphins, it usually travel in schools of 100 to several THOUSAND!

3) Commerson Dolphin - Growing only up to five and a half feet, the Commerson dolphin is shorter and chubbier than most other species. Commerson’s dolphins are only found in two regions of the world - Atlantic coast of South America, and around Kerguélen Island.

4) Hourglass Dolphin - Hourglass dolphins usually travel in groups of five to 15, much smaller than those of most other dolphins. Whalers always keep a keen eye out for this species in particular because they frequently travel near various types of whales. In fact, sometimes they are even mistaken for Killer Whales.

5) Southern Right Whale Dolphin - This is the only dolphin discovered without a dorsal fin!  Its sleek look led it to be referred to as a ‘sea snake’ for a long time.

6) South Asian River Dolphin - While most dolphins use echolocation, the South Asian river dolphin is entirely reliant on it. Lacking a crystalline lens in its eyes, it is unable to see clear images and at most can distinguish light from darkness.  It lacks a dorsal fin, and instead has more of a dorsal lump. This species has an elongated snout with lots of long, curved, sharp teeth that are visible even when its mouth is closed.

Which dolphin is your favorite?

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FIN-tastic news! Hong Kong has decided to ban Bluefin Tuna meat and Shark fin soup at all official functions.

Hong Kong’s government has announced it will stop serving shark fin and bluefin tuna at official functions, in a move lauded by conservation groups. In a statement, the government of Hong King said it would also encourage government-funded bodies to do the same.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fin. However, imports have declined as conservation groups have sprouted up in full force due to the drop of bluefin tuna species by 96%, and of shark species by 70%.

In a press release, the government said it was taking this step because the dishes “have aroused international and local concern because they are either captured or harvested in ecologically unfriendly or unsustainable ways, or cause other conservation concerns”.

You go conservationists!

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Beautiful animation explaining why we should leave big fish in the ocean. This is important now more than ever.

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Watch this INCREDIBLE footage of a Humpback whale showing genuine signs of gratitude and happiness after being rescued from a fishing net which entangled it’s entire body. 

Truly amazing!

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Creature Feature: Dwarf Crocodile     24/Mar/2013

Click on a photo and read the caption to learn more about this fascinating creature!

Note: You may need to zoom out to read some of the slides. You can do this by pressing “Ctrl” and “-” (the minus key) at the same time. To zoom back in again, hit “Ctrl” and “+”.