World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is an annual observation of the earth’s oceans first recognized by the United Nations in 2008. It was created to honor the oceans and sea life globally and raise awareness to help protect this crucial part of our planet.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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Dolphins frolic around the Habor Breeze Cruises the Triumphant whale watching ship during the Memorial Day weekend trip on the Pacific Ocean off of Long Beach, Calif., Saturday, May 28. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) (Nick Ut/Associated Press)
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A man watches a wave hit a rock pool at Curl Curl beach as large swell hits the East Coast of Australia on June 6 in Sydney, Australia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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A free diver holds a sign which says “World Oceans Day” as she sits among fish in an exhibit without any breathing apparatus to emulate sea creatures, in efforts to send a message that pollutants such as nets and plastic bags will entangle marine animals, making it difficult for them to breathe or eat, at the S.E.A. (South East Asia Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa) on June 7, in Singapore. This is part of efforts by the aquarium to educate visitors on the threats facing the oceans and the importance of protecting them as part of their 10-day celebration of World Oceans Day which falls on June 8.
(Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)
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An image taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using powerful lens showing the three reefs of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, seen from space. Reefs are easy to spot from space as the iridescent blues of shallow lagoons contrast sharply with the dark blues of deep water. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on Earth, with more than 3,000 separate reefs and coral cays. It is also one of the most complex natural ecosystems, with 600 types of corals and thousands of animal species from tiny planktons to whales. (NASA/EPA)
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Visitors pass a mural at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, June 1. The Two Oceans Aquarium is the largest in Africa. Certified as a member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Program the aquarium is in the process of revamping with new exhibits. Committed to sustainability and education the aquarium regularily hosts school tours as one of their many educational programs. (NIC BOTHMA/EPA)
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The iconic giant Australian cuttlefish at the world-renowned breeding ground in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf. The oceans are warming and coral reefs are dying, but octopuses, squids and cuttlefish appear to be thriving, with their numbers steadily rising over the past 60 years, researchers said on May 23. (SCOTT PORTELLI/UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE via AFP/Getty Images)
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An aquarist at the S.E.A. (South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa) demonstrates a method of feeding known as target feeding, of Japanese Sea Nettle, a type of jellyfish, on June 7, in Singapore. This is part of efforts by the aquarium to educate visitors on the threats facing the oceans and the importance of protecting them as part of their 10-day celebration of World Oceans Day. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)
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A diver examines bleaching and dead coral around Jarvis Island, which is part of the U.S. Pacific Remote Marine National Monument. Scientists found 95 percent of the coral is dead in what had been one of the world’s most lush and isolated tropical marine reserve. Researchers finishing an emergency U.S. government undersea expedition Wednesday described what they called a graveyard of coral around Jarvis Island in the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument. Normally, a unique ocean current brings cold water up from the deep to make that underwater region vibrant with coral, nutrients, fish and sharks (Bernardo Vargas-Angel/NOAA via Associated Press)
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Twins Aniyah and Aliyah Montero, 4, of Milton, enjoy the water while visiting Carson Beach with their mother Alyssa Montero in South Boston on May 26. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to students about ocean conservation at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 1. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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A longsnout seahorse, also known as a slender seahorse, is seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California on May 26, during a press preview of the ‘Horses and Dragons’ and ‘Vanishing Animals’ exhibitions. The longsnout seashorse is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae family. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinians swim in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza City, June 2. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
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A gull takes flight on Nantasket Beach in Hull on May 31. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff)
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School children look at Juvenile Ragged-tooth sharks at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, June 1. The Two Oceans Aquarium is the largest in Africa. Committed to sustainability and education the aquarium regularily hosts school tours as one of their many educational programs. (NIC BOTHMA/EPA)
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A piece of Orbicella Faveolata coral is seen in a holding tank at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science after researchers collected the coral from an area of living coral reef off of the South Florida coast on May 20 in Miami, Florida. The team of researchers from Andrew Baker’s lab is researching the affect of warming and ocean acidification on coral in South Florida. They are part of a world wide response to try and save the marine invertebrates from the unprecedented bleaching of coral that is taking place around the world from places such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the reefs off of the coast of Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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A Loggerhead turtle swims at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, June 1. The Two Oceans Aquarium is the largest in Africa. Certified as a member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme the aquarium is in the process of revamping with new exhibits to be launched on June 16. (NIC BOTHMA/EPA)
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Australian surfer Justen Allport wipes out on a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney’s Cape Solander in Australia, June 6. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
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A Penguin dives at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, June 1. (NIC BOTHMA/EPA)
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Rodrigo Staggemeier collects a water sample from Guanabara Bay for a water quality study off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 21. An independent study commissioned by the AP has revealed alarmingly high levels of viruses and sometimes bacteria from human sewage in the bay as well as the city’s other Olympic waterways. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)
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A Lionfish swims at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. (NIC BOTHMA/EPA)
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A jellyfish swims in an indoor ocean park aquarium at the Wanda Cultural Tourism City in Nanchang in southeastern China’s Jiangxi province, May 28. (Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press)
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A worker is perched on a Petrobras oil platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean near Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Ama female divers are seen in the ocean during the Mikazuki Shinji festival in Toba, southern Mie Prefecture, Japan on May 24. During Mikazuki Shinji the ama harvest adult abalone and release young abalone back into the sea. Mie holds the biggest population of ama divers in Japan. (Hiroshi Yamauchi/Associated Press)
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Heavy equipment carries out a beach replenishment project at the south end of Ocean City, N.J. A stormy winter chewed up New Jersey’s beaches more than usual, necessitating greater efforts to restore them before the summer crowds hit the sand. (Wayne Parry/Associated Press)
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Diver and fisherman Andres Camus, left, walks out of the ocean after collecting samples for the Center for Studies and Conservation of Cultural Heritage NGO, and for a fishermen’s organization in Chiloe Island, Chile, May 8. A poisonous algae bloom known as red tide has affected seven major cities and dozens of fishing towns, including Chiloe. Experts say it’s linked to high temperatures stemming from the El Nino weather pattern. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)
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Children play in the waters of Guanabara bay at Bica beach in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Few features capture the beauty, or the problems, of one of the world’s most dramatic urban landscapes like Guanabara Bay - the finger-like inlet that forms the shoreline and harbor for Rio de Janeiro. The bay, which carves into southeast Brazil from the Atlantic Ocean, literally gave Rio its name when Portuguese mariners mistook it for a “rio,” or “river.” Four centuries later, the bay is preparing to welcome another sort of seafarer - Olympic sailors, who will navigate the bay when the 2016 Rio Olympics kick off in August. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
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Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson participates in a ceremony on board the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea at port in New York, June 5. The Hokulea is sailing around the world to promote environmental sustainability and conservation. Among other activities, the crew will celebrate World Oceans Day with United Nations dignitaries while visiting New York. (Seth Wenig)
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A boy looks at a stingray in a viewing tunnel at the aquarium at the Dubai Mall on June 1 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hundreds of local inhabitants rescue a 15 meter-long and 2 meter-high alive whale swept away offshore in the central coastal province of Nghe An on May 25. The operation was successful after vehicles including an excavator had been mobilized to create a canal enabling to return the fish to the sea. Vietnamese fishermen consider whales as the Nam Hai (South Sea) God which protect and support them in their daily life and at sea. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A newborn baby walrus joins her mother, Arnaliaq, as the baby is introduced to the public at the provincial aquarium in Quebec City on May 26. (Jacques Boissinot /The Canadian Press via AP)
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Client Edward Kislauskis, 56, of Kingston rides “Brant Point” along Duxbury Bay with Denise Moraski, owner and trainer of Hidden Hollow Farm in Pembroke, finishing with a ride on the beach at sunset. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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