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(Photo: Emma Hickerson/NOAA)One of the major threats to sea turtles is entanglement in fishing gear and other marine debris.
Each year, threatened green sea turtles make their way to breeding grounds in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
We hope these images inspire you to help care for our ocean and to spread the word that Earth isn't green -- it's A bat ray near Anacapa Island in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
(Photo: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)"I worked for a wildlife charter before working for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. I witnessed two turtles bound by plastic outside of Yokohama Bay.
Authorities were notified and the turtles were disentangled.
As each saved life accumulates, these efforts can and will be noticeable globally." – Caroline Jackson, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument administrative assistant (Photo: NOAA)How do animals like orcas perfect the skills they need to survive? This young orca in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is practicing the tail-slap, a hunting technique that helps stun prey. When small cetaceans like this common dolphin make low leaps near the surface of the water while they travel, they are said to be porpoising.
(Photo: Douglas Croft Images/Monterey Bay Marine Life Studies, under NMFS permit #20519)While it may look like this sea lion in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is waving, it's likely actually regulating its temperature. Their flippers have less blubber than the rest of their body, so heat can escape from the flipper's surface when sea lions hold them above the water. There are several theories about why dolphins leap like this, but some researchers believe it enables them to save energy.