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August 14, 2009

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TGIF- Thank goodness it’s fishy!And let’s never talk of that pun again.This week in the oceans,… NPR has a gorgeous photo slideshow from The Netherland Antilles reefs.… if you are planning on vacationing on the beach, check out some helpful tips on what you can do to keep our reefs healthy.… one Canadian council is fighting the good fight against shark finning.… humans aren’t the only ones that get grumpy with age. Moko, a dolphin famous in New Zealand for playing with swimmers, is getting aggressive as he matures. Just a reminder that though they are cute, dolphins are wild animals and not household pets.… Migaloo, the albino humpback making a splash off the eastern Australian coast, likely has a tumor and low sperm count. Ouch.… AJ, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s spokes-loggerhead, is being released to the wild two years after he was rescued.… a lucky leatherback in New York escapes from an encounter with a trawl net. If only all his brethren were so lucky.… last week, 83 loggerhead hatchlings were poached from a North Carolina beach. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the culprit.… an explosion in jellyfish populations causes trouble for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The likely culprit behind the stinging swarm? Pollution.… while some Monterey Bay Aquarium staff are fighting off jellies, others are researching the potential affects of ocean acidification on deep-sea animals. Learn more about ocean acidification and watch Plant Green’s Blue August feature Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification. Catch a sneak peek and check showtimes on their website.