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Hello! My name is Megan, a 19-year-old ocean activist currently living in Florida. Going to a high school across the street from an amazing view of the ocean, I found myself ever-so enthralled in its seemingly infinite beauty. I also realized the desperate state the ocean is in from society's poor choices--things like over-fishing, illegal whaling, and, you guessed it, pollution.

I am currently a college sophomore on the pre-veterinary track and studying Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. Join me in the fight to save our oceans!


rhamphotheca:

SeaWorld is 50 years old and we have 50 good reasons NOT to go there!No. 33:  In the wild, the main life expectancy of orcas is 30 years for males and 50 for females. While a very small number of captive whales has achieved these average life spans, most die in their teens and 20s and none have come anywhere close to the estimated maximum life spans of 60-70 years for males and 80-90 for females. Please go to http://uk.whales.org/Wdc-in-action/ending-captive-cruelty to support our fight against captivity!

rhamphotheca:

SeaWorld is 50 years old and we have 50 good reasons NOT to go there!

No. 33:  In the wild, the main life expectancy of orcas is 30 years for males and 50 for females. While a very small number of captive whales has achieved these average life spans, most die in their teens and 20s and none have come anywhere close to the estimated maximum life spans of 60-70 years for males and 80-90 for females.

Please go to http://uk.whales.org/
Wdc-in-action/ending-captive-cruelty to support our fight against captivity!

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lovemoralminority asked: Hey Megan! We love that you are following us on tumblr! It's so wonderful to see someone so young and passionate. I was born in Florida and still visit all the time and have always felt an extreme connection to the ocean as well. We wanted to see if you would be willing to share our site on your blog and spread it around on your social media sites. You can find our website through our blog. Our focus right now is ocean conservation! Thanks so much! Heidi + Alex


Answer:

Sure, I absolutely love your shop and your goal!

Everyone, go check out Moral Minority and shop for a cause. :)

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Anonymous asked: What are some occupations that involve working with animals but does not exploit or harm them? Thanks. X


Answer:

adviceforvegans:

Here is an always evolving list of career possibilities for animal lovers, including veterinary careers, divided into categories. A few careers are listed in multiple categories.

Veterinary Careers

Veterinarians can choose to work in general practice, to specialise in working with a particular species or related group of animals (i.e. large animals, small animals, equine), or pursue board certification in a veterinary speciality (such as dermatology, anaesthesiology, or pathology to name a few specialist paths).

Veterinarian
Animal Welfare Veterinarian
Aquatic Veterinarian
Avian Veterinarian
Bovine Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian
Equine Veterinarian
Feline Veterinarian
Small Animal Veterinarian
Large Animal Veterinarian
Mixed Practice Veterinarian
Wildlife Veterinarian
Veterinary Acupuncturist
Veterinary Anesthesiologist
Veterinary Dermatologist
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Veterinary Microbiologist
Veterinary Nutritionist

Veterinary Opthalmologist
Veterinary Pathologist
Veterinary Pharmacologist
Veterinary Radiologist
Veterinary Surgeon
Veterinary Theriogenologist
Veterinary Toxicologist

Veterinary Support Staff Careers

Veterinary technicians can assist veterinarians in a variety of areas (i.e. equine or small animal practice). They may also pursue specialty certification (in areas such as surgery, emergency and critical care, etc) after gaining several years of practical experience and taking a comprehensive exam to achieve accreditation.

Veterinary Technician
Clinical Practice Veterinary Technician
Clinical Pathology Veterinary Technician
Emergency & Critical Care Veterinary Technician
Equine Veterinary Technician
Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Behavior Technician
Veterinary Dental Technician
Veterinary Nutrition Technician
Veterinary Surgical Technician
Veterinary Technician Anesthetist
Zoo Veterinary Technician

Other Animal Health Careers

There are many careers (not directly related to careers in veterinary medicine) that are concerned with maintaining the health and well being of animal species. These career paths range from advising on behavioural or nutritional topics to hands on careers such as massage therapy and animal care.

Animal Behaviorist
Animal Care Specialist
Animal Geneticist
Animal Massage Therapist
Animal Nutritionist
Animal Scientist

Careers with Birds
Ornithologist

Careers with Dogs and Cats
Animal Cruelty Investigator
Animal Shelter Manager
Dog Groomer
Dog Trainer
Dog Walker
Doggie Day Care Owner
Humane Educator
K-9 Police Officer
Adoption Counselor
Pet Bakery Owner
Pet Boutique Owner
Pet Sitter
Mobile Dog Groomer
Pooper Scooper Business Owner

Careers with Horses
Barn Manager
Bloodstock Agent
Broodmare Manager
Equine Dental Technician
Equine Extension Agent
Equine Pedigree Analyst
Equine Veterinarian
Equine Veterinary Technician
Farrier
Foaling Attendant
Groom
Horse Identifier
Horsemen’s Bookkeeper
Hot Walker
Stallion Manager
Tack Shop Owner
Yearling Manager

Careers with Marine Animals
Aquarist
Marine Biologist
Marine Mammalogist
Ichthyologist

Careers with Reptiles
Herpetologist

Sales Careers

There are many sales and marketing related careers that involve animals to some degree. While a career in veterinary pharmaceutical sales may be the first animal related sales career you think of, there are certainly several other options to choose from. These additional options include career paths such as insurance sales and a variety of jobs related to pet product sales.

Equine Insurance Agent
Equine Product Sales Representative
Pet Food Sales Representative
Pet Product Sales Manager
Pet Product Sales Representative
Pet Insurance Agent
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Wildlife Careers

Wildlife careers can involve a wide variety of native or exotic species. Zoo careers, fish and game management careers, biology related careers, and wildlife rehabilitation careers are just a few of the available options for those interested in having a career with wildlife.

Aquatic Veterinarian
Entomologist
Herpetologist
Ichthyologist
Marine Mammalogist
Ornithologist
Primatologist
Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Manager
Wildlife Forensic Scientist
Wildlife Inspector
Wildlife Rehabilitator
Wildlife Technician
Wildlife Veterinarian

Other Animal Careers

Some animal careers don’t quite fit any of the categories mentioned above. These careers combine an interest in animals with work in law, training, photography, painting, or writing.

Animal Editor
Animal Career Recruiter
Animal Lawyer
Animal Photographer
Animal Science Professor
Grant Writer
Pet Portrait Artist
Pet Writer

Animal Internships

If you have the chance before beginning a serious job search, also be sure to pursue an animal related internship opportunity or two. There are options available in a number of fields and they can really enhance your resume by providing evidence of direct, hands on experience. Hands on experience is particularly valued in the animal industry.

Animal Behaviour Internships
Animal Nutrition Internships
Avian Internships
Canine Internships
Equine Internships
Marine Animal Internships
Pre-Veterinary Internships
Reptile Internships
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Internships
Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships

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adcollector:

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adcollector:

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theofficialariel:

missionimpossishell:

adviceforvegans:

Arturo lives in the blistering sun of Argentina. A naturally Arctic animal spends his days living in 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) of nothing but heat. 

If this upsets you as much as it upsets me, please consider signing the following petitions:

Please allow Arturo to have a better life in the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada

Quickly issue a special import permit to Canada for Arturo the Polar bear.

Free Arturo, Argentina’s only polar bear, from living hell!!!

FREE ARTURO: The Polar Bear In Despair

If you know of any more petitions I can add, please let me know and I’ll add them right away. 

Let’s rescue this poor little guy together!

This breaks my heart!! Ugh poor guy!

The first photo is so heartbreaking. 

Poor baby :( 

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briibooxbop asked: What classes do you take in school?


Answer:

During my first year in college, some of my electives were:
Forests for the Future
Introduction to Oceanography
Geography of a Changing World
Biodiversity Conservation
Wildlife of Florida
Climate Change Ecology

I have just switched my major from Zoology to Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, so I am looking forward to being able to take allllllll the fun wildlife courses. ;) In the fall I will be taking Wildlife Behavior and Conservation along with Wildlife Techniques!

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dreamfulartist asked: Ahhh it's so nice to see you again on my dash! I've recently become much more interested in marine life and the ocean, and it always reminds me of your lovely blog!


Answer:

Thanks!! It’s great to be welcomed back by all of my lovely followers. :)

— 6 days ago

upworthy:

You Know All The Scary Talk About Sea Levels Rising That Seems Like A Bunch Of B.S.? Well…

Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like you to meet some of the facts about global warming. What they have to say is pretty darn eye-opening.

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Secret Lives of Flower Hat Jellyfish Revealed

For decades, flower hat jellyfish managed to keep their early lives a secret.

In adulthood, the jellyfish are striking, with a nest of fluorescent tentacles that look like party streamers, but pack a nasty sting. In infancy, well, scientists didn’t know. Aquarists tried, unsuccessfully, to raise the animals in tanks to understand what happens before the jellyfish are fully grown.

"They just aren’t like other jellies," said Wyatt Patry, senior aquarist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

Now, Patry and colleagues report they’ve finally raised the jellyfish in captivity. In a new paper, the researchers describe the elusive species’ life cycle, from egg to larva to single-tentacled polyp to juvenile to adult.

Scientists at the aquarium first bought a group of flower hat jellies back from Japan in 2002 for an exhibit on jellyfish. At the time, aquarists tried to mate and culture the species (scientifically named Olindias formosus), but they just couldn’t seem to get the jellies to release any sperm or eggs.

Patry said the researchers tried performing in vitro fertilization and exposing the jellies to stresses that might make them release sex cells. The creatures produced some larvae, but they didn’t grow much larger than that stage. Ultimately, it seemed that the scientists were missing some cue the jellyfish needed for reproduction.

When it came time for another jellyfish show in 2012, the team tried again. They kept groups of flower hat jellies in small tanks with mesh netting to keep the creatures off the bottom, where detritus and rotting pieces of half-eaten fish settled. The scientists don’t exactly know what they did right the second time around, but during routine maintenance, they discovered fluorescent jellyfish polyps attached to the wire mesh and glowing under a blue light.

Jellyfish larvae attach themselves to a solid surface and become stalklike polyps, which then bud into juvenile “medusae” — what jellyfish are called when they reach their most recognizable, umbrella-shaped form. Jellyfish polyps persist for an unknown amount of time. The polyps of flower hat jellies were unusual in that they had a single, highly active tentacle.

"They just look like little sea anemones," Patry told Live Science. "They seem to use the tentacle to sweep around their position to capture food."

Patry hopes the new information might help scientists and wildlife managers look for the species in the wild — and predict when and where “blooms” of the jellyfish could affect beachgoers.

Flower hat jellies kill and eat entire fish, and their venom is powerful enough to inflict a painful rash on humans. The mark looks like a burn, said Patry. (Take it from him. He said he usually gets stung a couple of times a year.) A 2007 review of jellyfish incidents recorded around the world found one death associated with flower hat jellies, in Japan in the 1970s.

The findings on young flower hat jellies were published in June in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

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jacks-smirking—revenge:

Please, please, please watch this documentary. It may be confronting but it needs to be addressed. Sharks are needed for the earth to survive and humans have decimated their population by approx. 90% in 30 years. Shark finning is a horrendous, million dollar industry corrupting governments and killing 11 417 thousand sharks an hour and 100 million a year. Awareness needs to be raised and something needs to be done. Even if you don’t watch it here is where you can donate and pledge to support x

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