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  • We’re calling ‘lights out’ on Thai Union’s ocean destruction

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - May 27, 2016 at 6:45

    Being in the middle of the Indian Ocean at night is incredible: you feel the vastness of the sea around you, the raw power of the waves, and the thick darkness.

    Now imagine from miles away, you see a glowing mass on the horizon. As you get closer you make out the source: intense beams of light from an array of approximately 80 high-powered lamps, searing into the water all night long. Marine life is teeming under the surface, drawn to the brilliance of the light.

    The supply vessel Explorer II in the Indian Ocean. Activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza peacefully confront marine operations at the heart of Thai Union’s supply chain, the latest in a series of global protests against the tuna giant’s destructive fishing practices. At 06.00 local time, activists in inflatable boats deliver a cease and desist letter to the deck of the Explorer II, a supply vessel using an underwater seamount to perch on and contribute to massive depletion of ocean life.  © Will Rose / Greenpeace

    That’s what we found when we encountered the Explorer II, an ominous-looking vessel in tuna giant Thai Union’s supply chain. It’s not like any ship we’d ever seen, and its lights seem to only have one purpose: a controversial method used to attract all kinds of ocean animals before other fishing vessels come and set nets around t...

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  • A BIG win for the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - May 25, 2016 at 17:35

    Amazing news! Today an entire industry including major global brands McDonald’sTescoYoung’s Seafood and Iglo agreed to push back against destruction of our pristine Arctic waters.

    The Hornsund Fjord on Svalbard/Spitzbergen. 11 Feb, 2008 © Bernd Roemmelt / Greenpeace

    Together with the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fiskebåt, which represents the entire Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, Russian Karat Group including Ocean Trawlers and Europe’s largest processor of frozen fish, Espersen, these brands are saying “no” to the further expansion of cod fishing into the previously-frozen Northern Barents Sea.  

    This is huge. Never before has an industry stood up for Arctic protection and YOU made this possible. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world took action against bottom trawling in the Arctic — to stop heavy nets scraping marine life from the se... Read more >

  • Finding a sense of porpoise

    Blogpost by Willie - May 25, 2016 at 14:04

    All rights reserved. Credit: Stefan Schorr / Greenpeace

    Being a porpoise looks rubbish.

    Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s be honest - when was the last time you saw a porpoise jumping out of the water or heard a friend gushing about an *amazing* experience seeing porpoises?

    There’s good reason that porpoises don’t have the wow factor of dolphins: and it’s not just that they have bad PR people.

    Porpoises are busy: lots to do, fish to eat. They live on an ecological knife-edge, and need to keep feeding to keep their energy levels up. They simply don’t have a lot of spare time to be cavorting around. Of course it doesn’t help their public recognition levels that five out of six of the world’s porpoise species are small, grey and shy. Mostly ... Read more >

  • Did you know this about tigers?

    Blogpost by MeenaRajput - May 25, 2016 at 11:27

    Next in our series, we turn to the king (and queen) of the jungle - the tiger. Here are 10 incredible tiger facts from forests campaigner Richard George: Read more >

    10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humans

    Tigers’ have one of the best memories of any animal, including humans. Their memories are made with stronger brain synapses which means that their short-term memory lasts approximately 30 seconds longer than ours does.

    9. Tigers are great impressionists

    In some parts of the world, tigers feed on bears because of overlapping territories. In order to lure the bears in, tigers are known to imitate the sounds of their prey.

    8. A tiger’s back legs are so strong that it can remain standing even when dead

    Highly unpleasant but very impressive fact alert: tigers’ back legs are so...

  • How well do you know the Polar Bear?

    Blogpost by MeenaRajput - May 25, 2016 at 11:25

    Since the very beginning of Greenpeace, our movement has been fighting to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals. And over the years, we’ve learnt some truly incredible things about the magnificent creatures we share this planet with. So we thought we’d share them with you in a special series on our amazing Greenpeace animals.

    In the first of our series, Arctic campaigner Ian Duff shares his 11 favourite facts about polar bears: 

    11: Polar bears aren’t really white.

    It’s true. Polar bears actually have black skin (take a look at their noses) that’s covered in transparent, pigment-free hair. Each individual polar bear hair scatters and reflects visible light which makes polar bears appear white, even though they’re not - sneaky.

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    10: Polar bears have a stronger bite...

  • How well do you know the orangutan?

    Blogpost by MeenaRajput - May 25, 2016 at 11:21

    Next in the series, forests campaigner Richard George shares his 10 favourite facts about one of of our closest living relatives - the orangutan:

    10. Orangutans are ticklish

    There are two kinds of ticklish. There’s the gentle kind that feels itchy and the kind that makes you laugh uncontrollably. Many animals are the first kind of ticklish - it’s an evolutionary behaviour that helps them ward off potentially dangerous animals and insects. But only very few animals are the second kind of ticklish. In fact, it seems to be just us humans and our very closest primate relatives, including the orangutans.   

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    9. Orangutans’ arms can be longer than you are tall

    Orangutan’s arms can grow to a reach of seven feet. To put that figure in perspective, think about the height of the tallest pe...

  • How much do you really know about turtles?

    Blogpost by Willie - May 25, 2016 at 9:45

    I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.

    Over the years I’ve had the privilege of watching turtles from the bow of Greenpeace ships, and many of my colleagues have encountered these peaceful ocean wanderers far out at sea in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

    I’ve also learned a lot of interesting and surprising facts about these enigmatic creatures, and I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you: Read more >

    11. Sea turtles are ancient

    Like, really old. Not just that they live long, but they have existed on earth for an incredible 150 million years. Dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, but the turtles are still with us!

    10. The Leatherback turtle is the world’s fastest moving-reptile

    Cumbersome and sluggish on land, turtles seem as slow as...

  • How much do you know about whales?

    Blogpost by Willie - May 25, 2016 at 9:39

    I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.

    Over the years I’ve had the privilege of seeing lots of whales, both from the deck of Greenpeace ships, and also on whale-watching trips. I’ve been lucky enough to see massive humpbacks leaping clean out of the water in Cape Cod, migrating gray whales in California, Orcas chasing salmon in Canada, and even minke and fin whales in glassy-calm British seas.

    I’ve also learned a lot of interesting and surprising things about these ocean giants, and I wanted to share a few of my favourite facts with you: Read more >

    11. Sperm whales have the biggest brain of any animal - ever

    Not only is it the biggest animal with teeth, it’s also got the smarts. The world’s largest true predator has a brain over 5 times heavy as ours.

    10. The biggest ...

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