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Positive ocean news: September edition

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From the release of turtle hatchlings to removing litter from UK beaches, we’ve rounded up some top positive ocean news stories from September to celebrate the wins for our seas.

Hawksbill turtle hatchlings released in Middle Caicos

As part of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project, our UK Overseas Territories Conservation Officer, Amdeep Sanghera, worked alongside the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources to excavate a turtle nest on the island of Middle Caicos, releasing 29 hawksbill hatchlings.

Once freed from their nest, and a predatory crab, the tiny hatchlings made their way (with some help) into the sea. You can watch the video here

Hawksbill hatchlings

Credit: Dr Peter Richardson

Rare sighting of elegant cuttlefish

A tiny, elegant cuttlefish (Sepia elegans) was spotted on the Isle of Wight. Marine photographer, Theo Vickers, was able to capture rare and beautiful underwater footage of the little creature. There’s only one previous confirmed sighting of this species on the Island – 16 years ago – and another in the Solent back in 1997 – so this is truly a rare find!

Read the full story on the On the Wight news website

Thousands of volunteers remove litter from UK beaches

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Credit: Robert Ormerod

Our Great British Beach Clean took place over the last month, with thousands of volunteers taking part in beach cleans and inland litter picks across the UK. Volunteers collected and removed litter, recording what they found, helping to clean up our beaches and ocean, and protect wildlife.

It wasn’t just litter they collected, volunteers also collected valuable data which we’ll use to campaign for changes in legislation which will further benefit our ocean.

Beached whale in Brittany swims back into sea


Credit: Sea Shepherd

A 12-metre whale became stranded on the French shore and, after several hours, it was feared that the animal would not survive.

Despite weight loss and weakness, the fin whale was thankfully able to return to the Atlantic when the tide came in that evening, using a trench which had been dug by marine conservation group, Sea Shepherd.

After gathering its strength in the hopes of returning to the ocean, volunteers helped the whale back into the sea.

Read the full story on The Times website

Shell’s oil and gas exploration rights revoked

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Credit: Dan Griswick

Last year, the South African government granted petroleum giant Shell rights to search for deep-sea oil and gas reserves off the South African east coast, by conducting underwater explosions known as ‘seismic blasting’.

By firing high-volume airguns at the seabed, a method which disturbs, harms, and can even kill marine life, Shell planned to map over 6,000 square kilometres of the region’s sea floor.

Activists took Shell to court following environmental concerns, and as a result, the Eastern Cape High Court revoked Shell’s exploration rights.

Read the full story on the Euro News website