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Awareness of the species and their fight for survival
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Clownfish, or anemonefish

Clownfish, or anemonefish, have an incredible ability to live among the stinging tentacles of anemones. This symbiotic relationship helps protect the fish from predators and benefits the anemone as the fish keep them clean by eating any algae growing on them. Many tropical fish, such as these, are threatened by the aquarium trade as they cannot breed in captivity, so are caught from the wild. Additionally, their reef habitat is threatened by rising sea levels and warming caused by climate change. Photograph: Alexander Mustard/Wildscreen 2017.

The lion’s mane jellyfish

The lion’s mane jellyfish is the largest jellyfish, with tentacles measuring up to 58 metres and a body width of up to seven metres. Some have been known to rival the world’s largest animal, the blue whale, in size. While overfishing threatens wild fish stocks around the world, Jellyfish are known to thrive in areas that are disturbed by humans and most populations are on the rise, so they may be appearing on our plates in the not-too-distant future.
Photograph: Alexander Semenov/Wildscreen 2017.

Orca

Despite also being called killer whales, the orca is actually the largest species of dolphin. An orca pod can contain up to 40 family members who communicate using a completely unique language, with a distinctive accent. Noise from ships,seismic testing and other marine activities is causing problems for many whale, porpoise and dolphin (cetacean) species who rely on sound to communicate and find their prey, the populations of which may have already decreased in many areas due to overfishing. Photograph: Audun Rikardsen/Wildscreen 2017.

The green turtle

The green turtle is not named for the colour of its shell, which is olive-brown, but for its greenish colour fat. It feeds on seagrass or algae and makes long migrations from feeding to nesting grounds – Brazilian green turtles migrate 2,250km to get to Ascension Island. The temperature at which their eggs are incubated determines the gender of the young, with hotter temperatures producing more females, leading to a skewed gender ratio and fewer opportunities to procreate. It is threatened by fishing for its meat and to produce tourist curios. Photograph: Christian Vizl/Wildscreen 2017.

The lionfish

The lionfish’s beautiful appearance disguises the fact that it is covered in venemous spines which are used in combat between males during breeding season and to capture prey. This common species breeds at an alarming rate, with females releasing up to two million eggs every year. It is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but due to the fish being released by aquarium owners invasive populations have become established outside of its natural habitat, putting native species at risk. Photograph: Christian Vizl/Wildscreen 2017.

Grey seals

Grey seals are found in many locations around the UK’s coastline, from Cornwall to the northern tip of Scotland, where they have their adorable pups. Despite being common in the UK, the grey seal is one of the world’s rarest seal species. They often become caught in fishing nets and their inquisitive nature can lead to them becoming entangled in ocean plastic debris.
Photograph: Mark Williams/Wildscreen 2017.

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