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  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by Apolatia
    +12 +1

    Mysterious great white shark lair discovered in Pacific Ocean

    A scientific mission into the secret ocean lair of California’s great white sharks has provided tantalizing clues into a vexing mystery — why the fearsome predators spend winter and spring in what has long appeared to be an empty void in the deep sea. A boatload of researchers from five scientific institutions visited the middle-of-nowhere spot between Baja California and Hawaii this past spring on a quest to learn more about what draws the big sharks to what has become known as the White Shark Cafe, almost as if they were pulled by some astrological stimulus.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by belangermira
    +16 +1

    'One of the boys': Beluga whales adopt lost narwhal in St. Lawrence River

    An unusual visitor has been hanging out in the St. Lawrence River for the past three years: A narwhal, more than 1,000 kilometres south of its usual range. But the lone narwhal is not alone — it appears he has been adopted by a band of belugas. The narwhal — thought to be a juvenile male because of its half-metre-long tusk — was filmed in July playing among a pod of young belugas, thought to be mostly or all males.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by grandsalami
    +11 +1

    Could the ban on killing whales end?

    Few conservation issues generate as emotional a response as whaling. Are we now about to see countries killing whales for profit again? Commercial whaling has been effectively banned for more than 30 years, after some whales were driven almost to extinction. But the International Whaling Committee (IWC) is currently meeting in Brazil and next week will give its verdict on a proposal from Japan to end the ban.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by belangermira
    +19 +1

    Bid to reduce right whale deaths 'extremely effective,' Canadian officials say

    A year after the population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales suffered devastating losses, Canadian officials say measures taken this season to protect the species have worked. With the summer fishing season in the Gulf of St. Lawrence drawing to a close, the federal Fisheries Department confirmed Friday that not one whale has died as a result of a ship strike or fishing gear entanglement — the main causes for most of the deaths last season.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by TNY
    +31 +1

    The Great Barrier Reef Is Showing 'Significant Signs Of Recovery'

    After decades of damning reports, bleak images, and depressing headlines, one new report claims to have a “positive update” on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a non-profit organization, has published a report for the Queensland State Government that claims parts of the GBR are showing some “signification signs” of recovery from years of bleaching.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by gottlieb
    +11 +1

    'They are taking out a generation of tuna': overfishing causes crisis in Philippines

    Raul Gomez is an old man who fishes with five crew on a clipper in the seas known as the coral triangle, and he has spent two months now without taking enough to feed his family. Riding out storms and searing heat in western Pacific waters, the burly, sun-inked Filipino uses a pole and line to reel in yellowfin tuna the size of an adult human. This has been his trade for 40 years, but it is becoming tougher as fisheries in this region – one of the planet’s most important centres of tuna production – face the prospect of total collapse.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by robmonk
    +10 +1

    A new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

    The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on stumpy stilts – and plunged into the aquamarine waters. The dive team assembled the pieces as a few triggerfish circled around to investigate the commotion.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +1

    Scientists discover hidden deep-sea coral reef off South Carolina Coast

    If you think Charleston, South Carolina, has plenty of history within its pre-Colonial grounds, just look at what’s been hiding 160 miles off the city’s coast for thousands of years: a giant deep-sea coral reef system. The chief scientist who helped make the discovery called it unbelievable.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by grandsalami
    +11 +1

    Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect Barrier Reef

    A robot submarine able to hunt and kill the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish devastating the Great Barrier Reef was unveiled by Australian researchers on Friday. Scientists at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said the robot, named the RangerBot and developed with a grant from Google, would serve as a "robo reef protector" for the vast World Heritage site off Australia's northeastern coast.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    +22 +1

    Wild dolphins can 'walk on water' by copying tricks from captive animals

    Wild dolphins have learned how to walk on water by copying tricks developed by captive animals, a 30-year study found. Scientists in Australia observed that dolphins in Adelaide learned tail-walking – when the animal rises vertically out of the water and moves forward or backwards across it – from a dolphin called Billie which had spent time in a dolphinarium. Dolphins rarely do this in the wild but it is a standard part of the routine in almost all dolphinaria.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +22 +1

    World’s Largest Ocean Cleanup System Is Finally Ready to Launch

    Since 2015, we've been following the story of Boyan Slat, a young inventor who set out to fight against the world's plastic pollution problem. At only 20 years old, he developed an invention aimed at tackling the world's largest patch of garbage, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This vortex of trash, located between California and Hawaii, covers 600,000 square miles of ocean and is responsible for countless animal deaths.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +1

    It’s the Biggest Oyster Found in New York in 100 Years. And It Has Stories to Tell.

    It has people, and its people call it Big. And doesn’t everyone who is fawned over and photographed like a celebrity have people? Not Mr. Big, as in “Sex and the City,” or Big Daddy or Big Mama, as in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” And not Biggie, like Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Just Big.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by everlost
    +14 +1

    Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life

    The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster may have had a lasting impact upon even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found – amid warnings that the oceans around America are also under fresh assault as a result of environmental policies under Donald Trump. Lingering oil residues have altered the basic building blocks of life in the ocean by reducing biodiversity in sites closest to the spill, which occurred when a BP drilling rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 workers and spewing about 4m barrels of oil into the Gulf.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +8 +1

    Five-metre great white shark spotted off Majorca in first confirmed sighting in decades

    A great white shark has been spotted in a marine park in Spain’s Balearic Islands, in the first confirmed sighting of the predator in Spanish waters for more than four decades. The five-metre (16.4 ft) shark was tracked for more than an hour by an international conservation team in the Cabrera Archipelago National Park, a reserve six miles off the southern coast of Majorca.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by abtechsport
    +10 +1

    The Best Coral Reefs in the World

    Oceans are incredible creation. They have a fascinating mix of beautiful underwater garden, colorful marine life, and exhilarating sea creatures. Coral reefs, in particular, are not only exquisite but also helps balance the planet Earth’s rich ecosystem. They generate half of the Earth’s oxygen and absorb nearly one-third of the carbon dioxide. We listed some of the best coral reefs in the world!

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by distant
    +34 +1

    12-Year-Old Girl Invents Plastic-Detecting Robot to Save Our Oceans

    For 12-year-old Anna Du a love of the ocean and marine animals inspired her to build a device that hunts for microplastics. These tiny plastic particles are barely visible to the naked eye, but they pollute aquatic ecosystems around the world, posing a serious threat to marine life.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zritic
    +8 +1

    'Seahorse hotels' bring a species back from the brink

    It is not much more than a chicken wire cage, but the nicely named "seahorse hotel" is behind a population resurgence of Australia's endangered white seahorse. One of the largest concentrations of seahorses in the world was once found at Port Stephens on the New South Wales coast, until wild storm seasons from 2010 to 2013 destroyed habitat and almost destroyed the population.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by larylin
    +18 +1

    Icelandic Whaling Company Kills Endangered Blue Whale

    Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th, the 22nd endangered whale killed and butchered for export to Japan by Kristján Loftsson’s commercial whaling company since June 20th, 2018.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by takai
    +9 +1

    Krill fishing firms back Antarctic ocean sanctuary

    The creation of the world’s biggest ocean sanctuary, protecting a huge tract of remote seas around Antarctica, has come a step closer after major fishing companies came out in favour of the plan. A global campaign – spearheaded by Greenpeace and backed by 1.7 million people – had put massive pressure on the krill fishing industry and retailers amid fears it was endangering one of the world’s last great wildernesses, undermining the global fight against climate change.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +17 +1

    Humpback whale tangled in shark net freed off Australia

    A dramatic rescue operation successfully freed a humpback whale trapped in a shark net off Australia's Gold Coast. Footage from the scene taken by Nine News shows the enormous whale thrashing in the water Monday, further entangling itself in the yellow lining of the net as it attempted to escape. A team of marine rescuers from the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Department managed to get close enough to the whale, while in a small rubber dinghy, to cut away the net.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +18 +1

    Coral recovery slowing down on Great Barrier Reef

    Over the last three decades the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by a series of intense cyclones, bleaching, crown of thorn starfish outbreaks and flood events that have caused well-documented, but reparable damage. Scientists have hoped that an extended period of benign conditions would allow the natural processes of reef restoration to flourish, and many of the hardest-hit regions to return to a healthier, more colourful and biodiverse state.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ticktack
    +18 +1

    Grieving orca mother carries dead calf for days as whales fight for survival

    Whale is one of just 75 in an endangered group off the coast of Washington state and Canada. A grieving mother orca near Vancouver Island has been carrying her dead calf for four days, after refusing to leave her baby behind when the rest of her pod left. The mother whale, named J35 by researchers, gave birth Tuesday in what was initially a hopeful moment. Mother and female calf were seen swimming together that morning near Victoria, British Columbia, according to the Washington state-based Center for Whale Research.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jerrycan
    +1 +1

    A giant blue whale washed up dead on a beach in Japan — and it's the country's first ever sighting of the animal

    Beachgoers in Kamakura City, Japan, received quite a shock on Sunday when a 34-foot blue whale washed up dead on the beach. The Washington Post reported that experts claimed this is the first time a blue whale has ever been recorded on Japanese shores. The cause of the mammal's death is reportedly unknown. Civil engineers were called to the beach to move the whale ashore for examination.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +3 +1

    Venomous blue bottle jellyfish injured over 150 people at Mumbai beaches, result of global warming?

    Blue bottle jellyfish, also known as Portuguese man-of-war, were spotted on several beaches across the city, causing fear and panic among people as many instances of attacks were reported. Several locals were stung by the deadly jellyfish and suffered injuries.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +1

    Half of the Great Barrier Reef Is Dead

    Half of the Great Barrier Reef has been bleached to death since 2016. Mass coral bleaching, a global problem triggered by climate change, occurs when unnaturally hot ocean water destroys a reef’s colorful algae, leaving the coral to starve. The Great Barrier Reef illustrates how extensive the damage can be: Thirty percent of the coral perished in 2016, another 20 percent in 2017. The effect is akin to a forest after a devastating fire.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +15 +1

    Sea urchins help researchers fight reef-smothering algae

    A management approach that combines manual removal and outplanting native sea urchin is effective in reducing invasive, reef-smothering macroalgae by 85 percent on a coral reef off Oʻahu, according to researchers. Globally, the health of coral reefs is threatened due to rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. Local factors such as invasive macroalgae also pose a serious risk to coral reefs—monopolizing reef habitats and overgrowing and smothering native species, such as corals.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +11 +1

    Orca mother finally abandons dead calf she carried for more than two weeks

    Researchers say an endangered killer whale thatcarried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks has finally abandoned the calf’s body and is back to feeding and frolicking with her pod. The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known as J35, chase a school of salmon in Haro Strait west of San Juan Island, between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, on Saturday afternoon.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Pfennig88
    +15 +1

    Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem -- Scientists Are Hunting It Down

    During a research cruise to the Sargasso Sea in fall 1971 marine biologist Ed Carpenter first noticed peculiar, white specks floating amidst the mats of brown sargassum seaweed. After some investigating he discovered they were tiny bits of plastic. He was stunned. If thousands of the broken down particles were showing up in in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 550 miles from any mainland, he says, “I figured it’s all over the place.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wetwilly87
    +8 +1

    Older than dinosaurs: last South African coelacanths threatened by oil exploration

    Bright blue, older than dinosaurs and weighing as much as an average-sized man, coelacanths are the most endangered fish in South Africa and among the rarest in the world. Barely 30 of these critically-endangered fish are known to exist off the east coast of South Africa, raising concern that a new oil exploration venture in the area could jeopardise their future.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +12 +1

    Why a new fisheries bill is being dubbed the "Empty Oceans Act"

    What the farm bill is to terrestrial food production, the fish bill, a.k.a. the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to the ocean—the law that governs America’s marine fisheries. First passed in 1976 to kick foreign fishing fleets out of American waters, the MSA has evolved into one of the nation’s most effective conservation laws. A reauthorization in 1996 required managers to place all overfished stocks on strict rebuilding timelines, and another in 2006 mandated hard limits on total catches. Those science-based provisions have recovered 44 once-depleted stocks, from the canary rockfish to the barndoor skate.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by zritic
    +20 +1

    Starfish-killing robot close to trials on Great Barrier Reef

    An autonomous starfish-killing robot is close to being ready for trials on the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Crown-of-thorns starfish have have been described as a significant threat to coral. The Cotsbot robot, which has a vision system, is designed to seek out starfish and give them a lethal injection. After it eradicates the bulk of starfish in a given area, human divers can move in and mop up the survivors.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by larylin
    +30 +1

    Dolphin Intelligence: It’s Time for a Conversation - Breaking the communication barrier between dolphins and humans

    When one of Earth's smartest creatures vocalizes, it fuels a heated debate among scientists: Are dolphins actually speaking a complex language? Head trainer Teri Turner Bolton looks out at two young adult male dolphins, Hector and Han, whose beaks, or rostra, are poking above the water as they eagerly await a command.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by belangermira
    +34 +2

    US Navy limits 'whale-harming' sonar in Pacific

    The US Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar that may inadvertently harm whales and dolphins in waters near Hawaii and California. A federal judge in Honolulu signed the deal between the Navy and environmental groups on Monday. It restricts or bans the use of mid-frequency active sonar and explosives used in training exercises. Campaigners say that sonar disrupts the feeding of marine mammals, and can even cause deafness or death.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +27 +1

    Why do dolphins seek out encounters with humans?

    You'll have heard of Fungie, a male bottlenose who has forsaken the open sea to live inside the harbour mouth of Dingle in Ireland, a placid, shallowish inlet bordered by low verdant hills that are speckled with sheep.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +49 +2

    Epic Eel Migration Mapped for the First Time

    Scientists know that American eels spend most of their adult lives inland or close to the shore, because for thousands of years, that’s where people have caught them. And we know the animals spawn in the open ocean, because that’s where we find their tiny, transparent larvae. But despite decades of searching, no adult American eel (Anguilla rostrata) has ever been spotted migrating across the hundreds of miles of ocean between the animals’ adult haunts and their ancestral spawning areas.