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17 Photos of Your Favorite Ocean Animals to Celebrate World Oceans Day

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Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day. This year’s theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” and the theme couldn’t have come at a better time.

More than two-thirds of the world is made up of oceans. Oceans are teeming with life from the tiniest bits of plankton to gliding gray dolphins who can swim between 40-80 miles in one day. But oceans may not be full of our favorite majestic sea creatures for long. 

Climate change, overfishing, and plastic pollution are threatening the world’s oceans. 

Fish and marine wildlife numbers have declined by 50% since the 1970s, the World Wildlife Fund reports.  

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Every year, enough garbage bags full of plastic end up in the ocean so that, if spread out, they could line all of the world’s coastlines five times over.

Global warming of ocean temperatures from human-induced climate change has impacted sea level as deep as 2,300 feet where most ocean life lives according to National Geographic magazine

But there’s still hope and time to turn things around. 

In 2015, the world put in place the Sustainable Development Goals and dedicated an entire goal to protecting oceans. And there’s evidence that we can rebuild from the damage that’s already been done. 

Where we protect marine areas around the world—from the tropics to temperate ecosystems—we see an increase in species diversity and productivity and stability and economic revenue from those ecosystems," Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, told National Geographic.

These ocean animals agree that it’s time to take action for the world’s oceans. Here are 17 animals who are ready for World Oceans Day. 


Sea Turtles

These sea turtles are ready for a future with healthy oceans.

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Dolphins

Leo DiCaprio wants to protect this critically endangered Vaquita dolphin.  

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Here are some spotted dolphins who are Leo DiCaprio fans. They think that you should use less plastic.

Fish

These coloful coral lovers want to wish you a Happy World Oceans Day! 

Rays

This ray of sunshine is ready to celebrate too.

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Sharks

This little guy is trying to stop overfishing all by himself.  

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Seals

Adorable baby seals love World Oceans Day.

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Polar Bears

Wait, World Environment Day and World Oceans Day are the same week? That means polar bears are having the best week ever. 

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So let’s keep the Arctic ocean clean and icy for this little fellow.

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Orca Whales

Captive breeding programs for Orcas are shutting down. Now, let’s clean up our oceans so these killer whales can thrive in the wild.

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Manatees 

Manatees love rivers and oceans so let’s keep both clean. Because manatees are adorable.

And all other ocean animals!

Because if this sea turtle and seal can hang out together on the same beach, then we should all be able to unite for the world’s oceans.
And because we want coral reefs as colorful as this.

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And less of this.