Sea Otters: Incredibly Cute. Incredibly Important.
Sea Otters: Incredibly Cute. Incredibly Important.

by 4ocean Team September 05, 2019

When it comes to marine mammals and the cuteness factor, the beloved sea otter is definitely up there at the top of the list. However, don't let their adorable faces distract you from the fact that sea otters also play a very important role in the health of their local ecosystems. For the remaining populations around the world, the conservation of this keystone species is critical and must remain a high priority if sea otters are to survive the many challenges facing them today. Warning: Adorable Photos Inside. 

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Meet Our Partner: Captains For Clean Water
Meet Our Partner: Captains For Clean Water

by 4ocean Team August 21, 2019

Florida is known as the "Fishing Capital of the World," but in recent years, the world-renowned fisheries of the coastal estuaries and Everglades have been in decline as a direct result of decades of water mismanagement. To raise awareness about a unique ecosystem on the verge of collapse, we released the Everglades Bracelet in partnership with Captains For Clean Water, a nonprofit organization who's been on the front lines of the fight for the restoration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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What's Wrong With The River of Grass?
What's Wrong With The River of Grass?

by 4ocean Team August 07, 2019

When most people think about the Florida Everglades, the last thing they probably think about is Disney World, EPCOT, and Universal Studios. But the reality is, just south and east of these world-famous Orlando theme parks, there is a little-known waterway called Shingle Creek winding its way behind such luxurious resorts as the Ritz Carlton, the Rosen, and JW Marriott. Surprisingly enough, this is where the water story begins –– this is where Everglades begins. And unfortunately, where the problems begin, too.

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Project AWARE® is Fighting for Sharks and the Ocean
Project AWARE® is Fighting for Sharks and the Ocean

by 4ocean Team July 28, 2019

4ocean and Project AWARE recently reunited to #DiveAgainstDebris. With more than 54,000 participants worldwide, each and every dive brings new things to the surface that don't belong in the ocean environment. The data these divers collect is placed in a database that allows scientists to study what many refer to as "Garbology." Check out the video update to see us in action!

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Meet Our Partner: Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Tagging Whale Sharks
Meet Our Partner: Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Tagging Whale Sharks

by 4ocean Team July 26, 2019

4ocean, in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, is part of a very unique expedition to attach satellite tags to whale sharks so that their movements and behaviors can be analyzed, which will hopefully give us a better understanding of their migratory patterns and way of life.

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4ocean Helping Advance Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The Vortex Swim
4ocean Helping Advance Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The Vortex Swim

by 4ocean Team July 22, 2019

There is a man, an adventurer, an incredible athlete that is out in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch today free swimming in the vast blue expanse of the now infamous trash gyre to raise awareness about and help advance the science of plastic pollution in the ocean. This expedition is called The Vortex Swim and it is helping move the needle on the science of ocean plastic pollution. 

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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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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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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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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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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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The Great Barrier Reef: A Global Icon Under Threat
The Great Barrier Reef: A Global Icon Under Threat

by 4ocean Team April 02, 2019

We're educating the world about a global icon: the Great Barrier Reef. Not only that, but we are also supporting a nonprofit that is out there on the front lines keeping an eye on the changes happening to the Great Barrier Reef and creating solutions for its preservation.

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A Follow Up with Save the Manatee Club for Manatee Appreciation Day
A Follow Up with Save the Manatee Club for Manatee Appreciation Day

by 4ocean Team March 27, 2019

Over the winter, we had a chance to follow up with our 4ocean Legacy Partner, Save the Manatee Club, to see all the great work they are doing with manatees at Blue Springs State Park in Florida. The number of manatees there on one particular day set an all-time record high and with more than 50 calves being born, we are hoping this is a sign of a stable and growing population. Check out the video of the trip!

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Following Baby Sea Turtles
Following Baby Sea Turtles

by 4ocean Team February 12, 2019

It is so important for the future of sea turtles that we research and follow them through their entire life cycle to make sure we understand the threats they face and what we can do to help them recover. In this post, we revisit the FAU Marine Research Lab to check in on their baby sea turtles from last year and the research being done to brighten their future. 

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Manta Rays: Gentle Giants Under Threat
Manta Rays: Gentle Giants Under Threat

by 4ocean Team February 04, 2019

Manta Rays are some of the most majestic creatures in the ocean. However, they are under threat from many directions and it takes organizations like our partner, the Oceanic Preservation Society, to bring their plight to life through films and education efforts.

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10 Things to Know About Hawaiian Monk Seals
10 Things to Know About Hawaiian Monk Seals

by 4ocean Team January 09, 2019

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals on the planet. They are under threat from a myriad of man-made causes including ocean plastic and trash. We have partnered with The Marine Mammal Center to support the Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian monk seal hospital which is helping to save these amazing creatures. Here are 10 facts about Hawaiian monk seals so you can get to know and love them just like we do.

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Another 4ocean Adoption: Meet Kilo, The Hawaiian Monk Seal
Another 4ocean Adoption: Meet Kilo, The Hawaiian Monk Seal

by 4ocean Team January 04, 2019

Kilo was found orphaned and starving on a privately owned island in Hawai’i but was released back into the wild after 7 months of care at Ke Kai Ola, the Hawaiian monk seal hospital opened by The Marine Mammal Center. Now she's the newest member of the 4ocean family!

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We Adopted a Manatee! Say Hello to Una
We Adopted a Manatee! Say Hello to Una

by 4ocean Team October 11, 2018

Ocean plastic poses a serious hazard to wildlife. Manatees are commonly entangled in monofilament fishing line as they graze and explore their environment, which can lead to infections or be fatal. After reading Una’s story, we knew she was the manatee for us. This is her story.

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Meet Salt and Pepper: Our Humpback Whale Adoptions
Meet Salt and Pepper: Our Humpback Whale Adoptions

by 4ocean Team May 24, 2018

Ocean plastic ingestion and entanglement in marine debris are enormous threats to whales all across the ocean. Entanglement is the leading cause of whale deaths worldwide. We've adopted two gorgeous humpback whales, Salt, and Pepper, in an effort to raise awareness about the threats they face and what we're doing to address them. This is their story.

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