Big Mouths, Tiny Plastics: Microplastics Are One of the Biggest Threats to Whale Sharks
Big Mouths, Tiny Plastics: Microplastics Are One of the Biggest Threats to Whale Sharks

by 4ocean Team July 03, 2019

Whale sharks' enormous size may deter most predators, but it doesn't protect them from ocean plastic pollution. While they're the biggest fish in the sea, whale sharks are most threatened by the tiniest plastic particles polluting the ocean: microplastic. 

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Meet Our Partner: Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab
Meet Our Partner: Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab

by 4ocean Team June 28, 2019

What happens from the time leatherbacks are hatchlings to the time they're adults? That's exactly what our partner, Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab, is trying to find out. They're one of the only institutions in the world to successfully raise leatherback hatchlings in the lab. Here's why that matters.

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What Does it Mean to be "Ocean Positive?" SeaTrees Knows
What Does it Mean to be "Ocean Positive?" SeaTrees Knows

by 4ocean Team June 25, 2019

SeaTrees are a new concept in ocean conservation from SustainableSurf.org. These "regenerative" projects create an #OceanPositive effect because they protect and restore critical habits that sequester carbon at up to 5x's the rate of terrestrial forests. Learn more about SustainableSurf.org and what you can do to plant your first SeaTree.

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New Guinness World Record - 4ocean Helps Set the Mark for Largest Underwater Cleanup!
New Guinness World Record - 4ocean Helps Set the Mark for Largest Underwater Cleanup!

by 4ocean Team June 21, 2019

The 4ocean team hit the water in an attempt to help break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Underwater Cleanup. It was a group effort that included people from all over the world coming together for one purpose –– to clean the ocean. Having pulled thousands of pounds of trash and debris from the ocean, check inside to see just how many people it took to set the new mark.

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World Oceans Day 2019: 4ocean Taking the Big Apple by Storm and a Rockaway Beach Cleanup
World Oceans Day 2019: 4ocean Taking the Big Apple by Storm and a Rockaway Beach Cleanup

by 4ocean Team June 14, 2019

Each year we mark World Oceans Day on our calendar knowing that it's one of our biggest opportunities to reach millions of people around the world at once with our message of a cleaner ocean. This year, New York City, the United Nations, the Peace Boat, and Rockaway Beach played host to the 4ocean team for the weekend and as it turns out, World Oceans Day 2019 was an adventure beyond our wildest expectations.

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Healing with the Ocean: Crossing for a Cure with Ben Mudge
Healing with the Ocean: Crossing for a Cure with Ben Mudge

by 4ocean Team June 13, 2019

Traveling 80 miles across the Gulfstream in the Atlantic Ocean can be a daunting task in a boat. Now think about making that same crossing on a paddleboard  intimidating, right? Now imagine that you have cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that causes damage to your lungs as well as other organs. Do you think you could make it?

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Meet OctoGirl: Octopus Superhero
Meet OctoGirl: Octopus Superhero

by 4ocean Team June 07, 2019

For our May 2019 bracelet, we had the chance to showcase an animal that generally doesn't get a lot of attention when it comes to ocean conservation––the incredible octopus. But thanks to "Octo Girl" and her research, these animals may play an even bigger role in the future health of coral reefs and the ocean. 

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Ancient Creatures, Modern Problems: Leatherback Sea Turtles
Ancient Creatures, Modern Problems: Leatherback Sea Turtles

by 4ocean Team June 03, 2019

The leatherback sea turtle is one of the oldest living turtle species in the world, dating back to the time of dinosaurs. Their adaptations for life in the open ocean have served them well for millennia, however, the same characteristics that once helped these ancient creatures to survive are now causing them some real modern problems.

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In the News - Log 3: Plastic Around the World
In the News - Log 3: Plastic Around the World

by 4ocean Team May 23, 2019

Recent headlines have been a stark reminder that we're not just dealing with a little bit of plastic in the ocean; we are dealing with an ocean plastic pollution crisis. From some of the most remote islands in the Indian Ocean to the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean, ocean plastic has been found. It even has the potential to affect atmospheric oxygen levels which could one day inhibit our ability to breathe. These are the latest news stories covering the ocean plastic crisis.

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Today is Endangered Species Day: Let's Act as One
Today is Endangered Species Day: Let's Act as One

by 4ocean Team May 17, 2019

Around the world, many species both on land and in the sea are facing the most important fight of their lives –– the one that could potentially be the final fight to exist on this planet. Today is Endangered Species Day and we want to recognize the peril of these iconic animals in hopes of bringing attention to their plight and call out some amazing work our non-profit partners are doing to save these creatures. 

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Meet Our Partner: Ocean Conservancy®
Meet Our Partner: Ocean Conservancy®

by 4ocean Team May 16, 2019

It was a chance meeting between a marketer and a famous musician that sparked the passion to change the future of the ocean and led to the creation of our partner organization, Ocean Conservancy®, a global force for ocean conservation. Check out some of the incredible programs they are involved in and find out who that famous musician was.

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"Raise the Reef" - A Night for Saving Coral
"Raise the Reef" - A Night for Saving Coral

by 4ocean Team May 10, 2019

In early April 2019, the 4ocean team had the pleasure of attending the Coral Restoration Foundation™ "Raise the Reef" Gala to help support the amazing work they are doing to restore and protect coral reefs in the Florida Keys and around the world. It was a night of insight and inspiration that will ultimately lead to the type of immediate action we need to save these precious underwater ecosystems for future generations.

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What Do Bake Sales and Plastic Have in Common?
What Do Bake Sales and Plastic Have in Common?

by 4ocean Team May 08, 2019

If you guessed a group of incredibly dedicated and eco-aware 5th graders from Princeton Day School in New Jersey, you'd be correct! The students discovered 4ocean on the internet and began to research exactly what it is that we do. See how our inspiration is helping them raise awareness about the ocean plastic pollution crisis and how their effort has grown into something even bigger!

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In the News - Log 2: Plastic Around the World
In the News - Log 2: Plastic Around the World

by 4ocean Team May 06, 2019

We take a trip around the world and pull some of the stories making headlines with regards to ocean plastic pollution. Our goal is to show you just how pervasive the problem is and to highlight all the different storylines that this problem produces every day. From the UK to Siesta Key, FL the plastic crisis hits home and its up to us to help stop it at the source.

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Octopuses: Masters of Disguise
Octopuses: Masters of Disguise

by 4ocean Team May 03, 2019

Octopuses are part of the "cephalopoda" class of mollusks, which literally means "head-foot," and they're some of the most intelligent and elusive creatures in the ocean. They have an uncanny ability to disappear into their surroundings to escape predators or to hunt for their prey, but ocean plastic pollution is threatening their habits all over the world. Inside, there are links to some awesome videos we put together that will amaze you and leave you heartbroken at the same time.

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Microplastics: Not Just in the Ocean Anymore!
Microplastics: Not Just in the Ocean Anymore!

by 4ocean Team April 29, 2019

Microplastics aren't only found in the ocean. The prevalence and widespread nature of these plastic particles threaten all four corners of our planet. From the tiniest cracks of mountain ranges to the smallest crevices in sea ice. Discover all the unexpected and alarming places researchers have found microplastics.

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Call to Action: Support Everglades Restoration Now!
Call to Action: Support Everglades Restoration Now!

by 4ocean Team April 26, 2019

As complex of an ecosystem as the Everglades is, the history and politics of how it came to be in such a dire state may be even more complex. But there simply isn't enough room in this short post to get into all of that. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that the Everglades need our help. So take a stand and support Everglades restoration now!

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Today is Earth Day: We Must All Speak Up
Today is Earth Day: We Must All Speak Up

by 4ocean Team April 22, 2019

Earth Day is the one day a year that the world comes together to celebrate the fragile island in space that we all call home. It really is a bit strange, however, that we only do this once a year because we all know that every day should really be Earth Day. The actions we take, the influence we have, and the things we say today, tomorrow, and the next day matter to the future of this planet.

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4ocean Getting Social Around the World
4ocean Getting Social Around the World

by 4ocean Team April 20, 2019

We are happy to introduce 4ocean Bali4ocean Haiti, and 4ocean Florida Instagram channels for Cleanup Operations! We can't wait to begin sharing more information on a regular basis about these operations, the amazing teams, all of the upgrades we are doing in these locations as well as some local stories that just make you feel good about what we are doing there. Make sure to add each one of them and stay tuned for more updates.

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Meet Our Partner: Great Barrier Reef Foundation
Meet Our Partner: Great Barrier Reef Foundation

by 4ocean Team April 17, 2019

At 4ocean, we love the Great Barrier Reef because it is such an incredibly complex and biodiverse ecosystem. Threatened on many fronts, immediate action is necessary to save this natural treasure for future generations. Discover what our non-profit partner, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, is doing to save the Reef. They have some amazing projects that are in progress and you can check out some of their videos inside, too. 

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How to Create a Plastic-Free Easter
How to Create a Plastic-Free Easter

by 4ocean Team April 15, 2019

Sometimes we need to think outside the box (or basket in this case) and look for any and all opportunities to reduce our consumption of plastic. Easter is the perfect chance to do so because historically this day is full of plastic. From the baskets to the grass, and the eggs to the candies, we take a look at how you can create a plastic-free holiday for your family this year. This isn't as hard as it may seem, it just takes a little bit of planning ahead of time.

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A 4ocean Rescue Story: Soaring Again
A 4ocean Rescue Story: Soaring Again

by 4ocean Team April 10, 2019

When one of our daily cleanup crew members from 4ocean Miami found a bird that didn't quite look right, he jumped into rescue mode and ferried the sick gull over to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Rescue Station for a little rehab and recovery. Check out the video of the story inside! 

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I am eating WHAT???
I am eating WHAT???

by 4ocean Team April 08, 2019

The foodie in you is in for a big surprise! The fish we're eating and the salt we're using to season our food are becoming contaminated with plastic and the toxins these plastics absorb from the environment. Researchers have yet to determine whether there are human health risks associated with the microplastics in our food, but just the thought leaves us feeling sick.

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In the News - Log 1: Plastic Around the World
In the News - Log 1: Plastic Around the World

by 4ocean Team April 05, 2019

Even though we're cleaning up the ocean and coastlines seven days a week, it helps to take a quick break and look at what else is going on around the world. We've ripped the most interesting stories from the headlines so you can stay up to date on the most recent developments surrounding the ocean plastic crisis.

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