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How deep does your love of Antarctica’s oceans run?

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How much do you know about the Southern Ocean? Take this quiz and find out!

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Around the world in oceans campaigns

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Typically, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance focuses solely on the issue of marine protection in the Southern Ocean. However, as we celebrate World Oceans Day 2015 on 8 June, the team at AOA thought that it would be appropriate to highlight some of the amazing oceans campaigns that our partners are working on around the world. We hope that you are as inspired by these oceans campaigns as we are!

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CCAMLR! It’s not the 1980s anymore

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Thirty-five years ago, Barbra Streisand was topping the charts with “The Way We Were”, the video game Pac-man was released in Japan, and the US Hockey team had only recently faced off against Russia in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. And something extraordinary was formed.

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Get Your Feathers Wet this World Penguin Day: Take the Penguin Plunge!

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This World Penguin Day, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance is calling on you to take the Penguin Plunge!
Following the inspiring adventures of intrepid endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh, who recently undertook three record-breaking swims in Antarctica’s freezing cold waters, we’re inviting you to create a global groundswell by taking the #PenguinPlunge.

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Test Your Penguin Knowledge

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Happy Valentine’s Day, from your favourite invertebrate

Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your loved ones you care. A day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. Humans aren’t the only ones who need some extra attention, however. Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten about. Sure, you might see pictures of penguins and seals, maybe even a whale or two.
No one hears all that much about the creatures that make up the vast majority of species in the Antarctic. I’m of course talking about Antarctic invertebrates. Who’s ever heard about Labidiaster annulatus, a sea star, or the glass sponge Rosella nuda? Yet they and others are every bit as fascinating as their feathered and furred neighbors. This year, we want to show these creatures some love on Valentine’s Day. Read on to find out why we think Antarctica’s invertebrates make great valentines.

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What Antarctica teaches me about politics

By Daniel W. Drezner

The aesthetic pleasures of a cruise to Antarctica are considerable. The scenery is majestic. The animal life – whales, seals and lots and lots and lots of penguins – is simply adorable. And I’m never giving another dime to National Geographic, because even a photographic newbie can produce calendar-worthy pictures. …

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