Shark fin imports banned in UK 🚫

Plus the plastic bag tax increase, newborn orca and an unmissable pic of a dog dressed as a turtle!

Hi everyone,

It’s a bumper issue today - for some reason there was just so. much. news. So, without further ado, let’s get on with it! Here’s what’s been happening in our oceans this week…

👀 Wildlife sightings

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🐳 Whales

🐬🐙 Marine animals

Yes, I know these aren’t sea turtles but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include this turtle dog pic..,

🎣 Fisheries

🚯 Pollution

💰💰 Funding & opportunities

  • Bazaruto Divemaster: The Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies is accepting Divemaster applications - get your DM, contribute to marine research and stay in zero-waste accommodation on the stunning Benguerra Island (BCSSMZ)

  • Trip of a lifetime: MMF expeditions now available to Mozambique (Aug ‘21), Maldives (Jan ‘22), Raja Ampat (March ‘22) and Tubbataha (March ‘23)

  • Submit your ideas: A global Ocean Hackathon aimed at providing solutions to marine threats is calling for entries (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

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🐚Fossils

🐠 Ecosystems

Thanks for joining me this week folks - hope you found this edition useful, interesting and full of fabulous memes.

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