We ensure that marine animals have a future. In this endeavour the conservation of biodiversity and individual species, but also the welfare and freedom of the individual animal are important to us. It is our responsibility to prevent the extinction of further marine species and to protect marine animals.
A significant turnaround in the management of these animals is needed.
Fishing, noise and marine pollution complicate efforts to preserve these dolphins.
They are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Many whale species and populations have been hunted mercilessly and almost to the point of extinction. Although there is a global moratorium on commercial whaling, the danger has not yet been averted. Underwater noise, climate change, plastic pollution, ship collisions and other factors continue to threaten whale species and populations.
Did you know that dolphins can recognise themselves in the mirror? These intelligent marine mammals are curious and prefer to live in groups. Many dolphins die as bycatch in fishing nets. Numerous species, populations and sub-populations of dolphins and porpoises are threatened.
Many seal species – which also include elephant seals and sea lions – have been mercilessly hunted on account of their soft fur, and some species have even been wiped out. OceanCare is particularly committed to protecting Mediterranean monk seals.
They have survived for millions of years and are considered to be the «dinosaurs» of the ocean. Now humans are endangering their survival. Six out of seven sea turtle species are currently threatened. They are hunted for food, die as bycatch in fishing nets or get entangled in plastic debris which they also sometimes eat.
Did you know? The manatees’ closest relatives are elephants. They share not only their preference for eating large quantities of vegetation, but also their long life expectancy. Depending on the species, manatees live between 40 and 60 years.
The skin of polar bears is black but their hair is actually transparent and their longer hairs are hollow, this allows them to effectively capture the sun’s warmth and also makes them shine white. These arctic hunters are optimally adapted to their icy habitat – but it is melting away under their paws. Human-made climate change, but also hunting endangers the future of the King of the Arctic.
Tens of millions of sharks fall victim to direct hunting and as bycatch of intensive fishing activities every year. Immeasurable animal suffering and the decimation of numerous shark populations are the result. A new peaceful type of relationship between humans and sharks is urgently needed.
The human appetite for fish is unrestrained: whether for human consumption or as fishmeal for factory farming. Industrial fishing, but also fish farming, has led to up to 30% of all fish stocks being overfished and 60% being exploited to the maximum.
Fishing activities, plastic pollution, underwater noise, climate change and chemical pollution – are among the wide range of threats now adversely affecting many marine species.
In addition to advocacy work, research, education and public relations, we also contribute to the protection of marine animals by supporting animal rescue operations. Because each and every individual counts.