March is Dolphin Awareness Month. Delphinidae is the largest family of cetaceans, also know as whales. This diverse group covers a wide range of species organized in a number of genera. Some are huge and others are small. Some spend most of their time close to shore and others prefer life far out at sea. Some even have adapted to life in fresh waters and can be found in rivers around the world. So we will be celebrating many of these amazing species this month. If you have a suggestion you'd like us to spotlight, post it in the comments below.
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OCEAN FRIENDS, PLEASE HELP!
Brazil is on the verge of establishing its first Large Marine Protected Areas around its two outermost oceanic archipelagos, St. Peter & St. Paul (pictured in this article and amazing deep-sea video!) and Trindade & Martim Vaz. These would protect at least 17 species of sharks, plus endemic fish and invertebrates, whales, dolphins, sea turtles and much more!
We´re fighting an uphill battle against industrial fishing and mining interests to have these established as NO-TAKE areas reserved for non-extractive uses (eg diving and research).
PLEASE take two minutes of your time to write to the following authorities expressing your support to establish LARGE INTEGRAL PROTECTION (NO-TAKE) MPAs around both the St. Peter and St. Paul and Trindade/Martim Vaz archipelagos to safeguard their invaluable, unique biodiversity!
President Michel Temer, email@example.com
Chief of Staff Minister Eliseu Padilha, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann, email@example.com
National Biodiversity Secretary José Pedro Costa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Hearing on Oceanic MPAs, email@example.com
A BIG THANK YOU to all those who are willing to help! PLease share widely among your other ocean friends!!! And keep watching this space for updates!