Galveston Bay oil spill: Nature always pays the price

A collision between two ships in Galveston Bay, Texas, resulted in a spill of up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil.

The accident occurred only a few miles away from bird sanctuaries such Houston Audubon's Bolivar Flats and North Deer Island. Reports indicate that many birds have been killed.

The spill occurred at the height of the spring migration, when millions of resident and migratory birds use the Texas coast to feed and breed.

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Ocean Ramsey: making friends with a Great White sharks

Ocean Ramsey has been swimming with Great White sharks to raise awareness for their protection.

Ramsey has grown up surfing and diving in Hawaii and San Diego. She has been sharing the water with sharks her entire life. As a professional scuba instructor and advanced free diver, Ocean believes many shark species are on the brink of extinction.

"I hope that by sharing my experiences with sharks, I might inspire others to take action and help protect these amazing creatures before it's too late," explains Ocean Ramsey.

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Marine Sanctuaries: to protect and expand

The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the expansion of the Gulf of Farollones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, in San Francisco.

NOAA's proposal aims to protect the northern California coast from offshore drilling. The plan, which has been encouraged by Surfrider Foundation, extends the sanctuaries nearly 2,800 square miles, more than doubling their size.

The goal is to defend the region's outstanding marine habitats, wildlife, fisheries, and recreational areas from the threat of oil and gas drilling. The designation would not affect fishing, boating, or other existing uses.

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