Archive for August, 2008

Endangered Leatherbacks Lead Researches to Hope

Written by on August 29, 2008 in Marine Life
Endangered Leatherbacks Lead Researches to Hope

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 29, 2008.) Leatherback Turtles have been around for more than a hundred million years but in the last 20 years, the population of leatherbacks in the eastern Pacific Ocean has declined by more than 90%. Until recently it has been difficult for conservationists to help these […]

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FlowCytobot Prevents Shellfish Poisoning

Written by on August 25, 2008 in Technology
FlowCytobot Prevents Shellfish Poisoning

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 25, 2008.) An automated underwater microscope detected an unexpected harmful bloom of toxic algae in the Gulf of Mexico back in February. The early warning gave officials time to recall shellfish and close down shellfish harvesting in time to prevent anyone from getting sick. The microscope, […]

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Pilot Whale’s High Speed Squid Chase

Written by on August 22, 2008 in Marine Life
Pilot Whale’s High Speed Squid Chase

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 22, 2008.) A new study conducted under a permit to La Laguna University in the Canary Islands revealed the long unknown hunting and diving tactics of pilot whales. Unlike the emperor penguins, who slow their heart rate down to remain underwater longer, pilot whales spend all […]

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Proposed Ban on Trade of Seal Products

Written by on August 20, 2008 in Marine Life
Proposed Ban on Trade of Seal Products

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 20, 2008.) On July 23, the European Commission adopted a proposal that will ban trade in most seal products within the European Union. The effort began in 2006 when 425 members of the European Parliament signed a declaration calling on the European Commission (EC) to create […]

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Florida/UK Partnership Hopes to Harness Ocean Energy

Written by on August 18, 2008 in Policy & Ocean Law, Technology
Florida/UK Partnership Hopes to Harness Ocean Energy

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 18, 2008.) Florida Governor Charlie Crist visited several universities and organizations in the United Kingdom recently to continue discussions on environmental issues. Governor Crist was accompanied by officials from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and FAU’s Center for Ocean Energy Technology (COET). The discussions were centered around […]

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Mediterranean Sharks Declined by 99%

Written by on August 15, 2008 in Marine Life
Mediterranean Sharks Declined by 99%

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 15, 2008.) The shark species in the Mediterranean Sea have continued to decline severely over the last two centuries. Over that period some species have declined by over 99%, according to historical records. The decline is due mostly to fishing. Data has been gathered from old […]

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Ocean Friendly Eating

Written by on August 13, 2008 in Marine Life
Ocean Friendly Eating

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 13, 2008.) About a year and a half ago I started carrying around an extra card in my wallet and about a year and a half ago was the last time I ate Chilean Sea Bass. In my favorite class of junior year, The Oceans, my […]

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AUV Glides Across The Atlantic Underwater

Written by on August 11, 2008 in Technology
AUV Glides Across The Atlantic Underwater

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 11, 2008.)   A 93 inch, 134 pound unmanned yellow glider is nearly half way through with its underwater journey from New Jersey to Spain. It left New Jersey on May 21st on its mission to gather data about the salinity and temperature of the Atlantic […]

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Emperor Penguins Underwater for Nearly 20 Minutes

Written by on August 8, 2008 in Marine Life
Emperor Penguins Underwater for Nearly 20 Minutes

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 8, 2008.) A new study from Scripps Institution of Oceanography has uncovered new information on the emperor penguin and its ability to perform deep dives and remain underwater for such a long period of time. The study was led by Jessica Meir, a graduate student researcher […]

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Dolphins in Shrewsbury River Remain Healthy

Written by on August 6, 2008 in Marine Life
Dolphins in Shrewsbury River Remain Healthy

(This article was originally published on OceanLines on August 6, 2008.) The group of bottlenose dolphins that swam into the Shrewsbury River in northern New Jersey in late June “are still in the estuary but have moved into the Navesink River (westerly) side of it,” says Teri Frady, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and […]

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