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Support for Our Healthy Oceans Agenda

These are tough times for our planet. In just 10,000 years, we humans have multiplied exponentially, growing from a population of one million to more than seven billion in a geological blink of an eye. By the year 2100, there could be at least 10 billion of us. This growth is coming at a high […]

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On Assignment: Road trip — with Penguins!

It certainly was a first for me, watching the Spanish countryside drift by as we travelled down the highway in the Oceanografic van with eight Humboldt penguins and their expert caregivers. We were only five days away from the grand opening festivities at Oceanografic, but eager to bring the birds home and ensure they had […]

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On Assignment: A Win and a Loss for Mediterranean Turtles

There are few things as rewarding as releasing a rescued and rehabilitated animal back into its natural habitat. As part of the eastern Valencian community stranding network, the Oceanografic Aquarium in Valencia, Spain works in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development and the University of Valencia. In 2015, this […]

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On Assignment: A R-eel-y Great Day

When veterinarian Dr. Jose Luis Crespo asked me if I was interested in joining him on a trip to collect some European eels (Anguilla anguilla) from near Murcia as part of an ongoing research program, I jumped at the chance. I loved the idea of getting up close to these animals, collecting some pictures and getting […]

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On Assignment: Loggerhead Turtles and their Unlikely Allies

When Dr. Jose Luis Crespo told me he had received a call from a fisherman in the port, I immediately guessed that someone had accidentally captured a turtle. We hopped into the car and took the short drive to the docks to assess the animal and see if it was a candidate to be brought […]

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On Assignment: A Few of my Favourite Things

Dolf DeJong is the vice president of conservation and education at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He is currently on assignment at the Oceanografic Aquarium in Valencia, Spain, supporting the staff of Europe’s largest aquarium as they expand their conservation and education efforts. His On Assignment blog series chronicles some of his adventures and experiences while he’s […]

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Schoolyard Cleanup Week

This year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup welcomes school groups to not only clean their local shorelines but their schoolyards too. Join classrooms across Canada from April 15-22 for Schoolyard Cleanup Week. You may wonder how schoolyards are connected to Canadian shorelines. All waterways are connected and we invite you to clean any place where […]

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Comber Continues His Incredible Journey

When Comber, a rescued green sea turtle, was found on a beach near Tofino on a cold January day, it was clear he’d already been on an epic journey. Now, he’s ready for the next leg. After months of recovery and rehabilitation at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Comber has been given a clean […]

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