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10 of the Ocean’s Most Endangered Species

10 of the Ocean’s Most Endangered Species

January 21, 20185179Views43Comments

While the planet’s oceans seem vast and infinite in resources, humans are doing a pretty bang up job of exploiting every level of the ocean we can reach. From massive commercial trawling operations that destroy substrate ecosystems to vessels that cast nets measuring miles in length and width, anything and everything in their path is scooped up to be sorted and discarded — much of which is not the target species. This results in an increasing number of the ocean’s most endangered species.

Vaquita Porpoise

via Wikimedia/Paula Olson, NOAA

Elkhorn Coral

via Flickr/sailn1

 

Hawaiian Monk Seal

 

via Wikimedia/N3kt0n

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

via Flickr/qnr

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

 

via Flickr/Kris-Mikael Krister

Blue Whale

via Wikipedia/NOAA Photo Library – anim1754

 

Hector’s Dolphin

via Flickr/vivtony00

Sea Otter

via Flickr/Kenai Fjords National Park

 

Bluefin Tuna

via Flickr/oliver.dodd

 

Chinook Salmon

via Flickr/Zureks

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