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Your favorite features of 2019

by NOAA Fisheries 21 Dec 2019 15:37 UTC
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Sharks, sea turtles, and whales—oh my! See our list of the top 5 feature stories of 2019.

1. 12 Shark Facts That May Surprise You

These facts about one of the ocean's top predators is our most popular page two years running! During Shark Week 2019, we explored some fascinating facts about sharks—like what their skin feels like and the methods scientists use to assess their age.

2. What Can You Do To Save Sea Turtles?

From protecting sea turtle habitat to taking sea turtle friendly fishing and boating trips, this story teaches us what we can do for sea turtles. It was our second most popular story of the year.

3. 10 Wonderful Whale Facts

Whale whale whale what do we have here? Facts about different species of whales grabbed attention as the third most popular web page of 2019. Check it out to learn more about male humpback whale songs and how big a blue whale can get!

4. Impacts of Invasive Lionfish

Lionfish were a very popular topic this year, but they threaten the well-being of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, including the commercially and recreationally important fishes that depend on them. Check out this feature to learn how NOAA and its partners are working hard to develop ways to prevent further spread and control existing populations.

5. 50 Year Old Message in a Bottle

This story about a Texas couple who found a NOAA "science treasure" during a walk on the beach rounds out the top 5 stories of 2019. Read the story to see what message the beachcombers found and how they felt about their surprising discovery.

Explore more videos in our video gallery, more feature stories, and more photos on NOAA Fisheries Instagram.

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