The area is a source of food in the vast expanse of the ocean and a spawning ground for tuna, shark, marlin and swordfish.
Close to one-third of the planet's fish stocks are overfished and one in four species of sharks, rays and skates are threatened with extinction.
What started as a friendly competition between biologists has since turned into an all-out explosion of cuteness.
The amount of plastic ingested by seabirds is now nine times more than it was just a few decades ago.
Talks are underway to establish the first ever sea sanctuary for whales and dolphins, with Vancouver as one possible location.
The poor creature had a five-inch plastic drinking straw lodged in its nostril.
It's hard to imagine a shark that works harder for love than the glowing, grooving velvet belly lanternshark.
Oysters continuously rotate a single, lustrous orb for at least a year before the pearl becomes jewelry.
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