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Shark Conservation: Safeguarding the Future of Our Ocean

On the surface, it might seem like an ocean without sharks would be a more enjoyable place. But, these predators play a very important role in the ocean ecosystem and they need our protection just like many other ocean dwelling creatures.

Sharks have been at the top of the food chain for hundreds of millions of years, but today their populations are in danger because of human activities, such as overfishing and finning (this is when people catch sharks, remove the fins, and dump the carcass overboard).

Andrew P. Nosal, Ph. D, Birch Aquarium’s new DeLaCour Postdoctoral Fellow for Ecology and Conservation, shares his shark expertise and explains that all sharks are not the evil villains seen in movies, but are essential in maintaining a balanced ocean.

Watch “Shark Conservation: Safeguarding the Future of Our Ocean” to hear about all of the benefits sharks provide and why they deserve our protection.

Watch more videos on sharks, or browse other videos in Perspectives on Ocean Science presented by Birch Aquarium and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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Gray Whales in a Changing Environment

The North Pacific gray whale has been called an “ecosystem sentinel” because it appears this species responds to large-scale environmental changes. Global climate change may ultimately make the biggest impact on these ocean giants.

Join us as special guests Wayne Perryman and Dave Weller of Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) discuss how novel information on gray whales is reshaping scientists’ understanding of this species.

Watch “Gray Whales in a Changing Environment” and make sure to check out all of our ocean science videos from the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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