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"The Antarctic icefish live in water colder than freezing — 2 degrees below zero Centigrade.

Ocean water doesn’t freeze at this temperature because it’s full of salt. The blood of the icefish is less salty than seawater; instead, it keeps itself from freezing by using ice proteins, sometimes called antifreeze proteins, that attach to ice crystals forming in the blood stream.

Once the ice crystals are coated with antifreeze protein, they can’t stick together, so they don’t grow. The icefish of the Antarctic have used this adaptation to become very successful — making up 95% of the fish biomass around Antarctica.

Photo: Uwe Kils

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The meat from dozens of slaughtered sharks off UK coastline could be illegally passed off as huss in fish & chip shops across the country.

Local resident Kevin Parker came across the heads and butchered bodies of over 60 smooth-hound sharks. On his discovery he said “I was about to check on my boat when I found myself among a big pile of about 50 or 60 shark heads. Then, just a bit further up, there were even more. There were little pups in there as well […] I’ve lived on the island all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this. I was just devastated.”

A photo of the severed remains of the sharks has made its way to Facebook and Twitter. You can view the picture via the link below but viewer discretion is advised. There is no blood in the picture but there are a lot of shark heads and shark skin. You can view the image HERE.

These creatures were dumped near the Isle of Wight coastline and anglers in the local area are furious.

These sharks are not dangerous to humans and are also not usually caught for human consumption in the UK. However, once the fish are skinned, their meat can easily be passed off as huss (a.k.a dogfish or catfish). But smooth-hound sharks are nowhere near as common as huss and are classified as vulnerable by the IUCN.

Make sure your local fish & chip shop are buying their produce from reputable sources, especially if you live in and around the Isle of Wight. If you would like any more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Glad to see a blog like this. I watched blackfish and was so stunned. The general public really needs to know about what Seaworld really does.
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Thank you, we’re very glad that you appreciate our blog!

We agree that Seaworld’s live shows and captivity of large marine creatures should have ended a long time ago. 

In other news, we see you have Irish blood! Our headquarters are based over here in Ireland :) Always nice to find alike people!

We hope that you will fight with us in order to make our dreams a reality.

All the best,

Everyone at Turn Tides

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Amazing news!

An amendment has just passed in Congress which will push the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct an examination on the effects of captivity on marine animals such as ocras.

Could this be the beginning of the end for live orca and dolphin shows? We hope so!

For more information talk to us here at Turn Tides!

This photo (taken from a plane by Shari Tellman and the FAU Elasmolab) shows the annual migration of Blacktip and Spinner sharks off the eastern coast of the United States of America.

What goes around comes around. Keep the sea clean.

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To really understand climate change, we need to see the big picture. This beautiful globe is an animated climate model, made to help scientists figure out what the eff is going on.

This particular model (which you can see in all its mesmerizing glory at 8:33) shows many atmospheric particles moving around the globe. The reddish-orange is dust streaming off the Sahara; the white is pollution from burning coal and volcanoes; the red dots are fires; and the blue swirls are sea salt whipped into the air by the wind.

All those swirling particles affect our climate. “There are so many different factors at work,” says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt"Everything from how light travels through the atmosphere to how the winds move the ocean around to how rain hits the ground has an effect on what actually happens on Earth both now and in the future."

Watch the full talk here »

We love “Ted Talks" here at TurnTides and we found this one particularly interesting!

If you have any questions about global climate change feel free to message us HERE.

Make sure to also check out this Ted Talk HERE.