Archive for January, 2011

West Palm Beach Dive Operator Bitten by Shark

Written by on January 27, 2011 in Other News

Jim Abernethy owns a dive business called Jim Abernathy’s Scuba Adventures Inc., based in West Palm Beach, Florida.  On Wednesday, he was bitten below the elbow during a dive excursion near the Bahamas.  He is recuperating at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach and is doing well. This incident is raising discussion about […]

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Colder European Winter Caused by Change in Ocean Currents

Written by on January 24, 2011 in Other News
Colder European Winter Caused by Change in Ocean Currents

The abnormally cold weather this winter is a result of a change in wind patterns.  Typically, the westerly winds warmed by Atlantic surface ocean currents maintain temperatures in Europe but this year, cold northerly Arctic winds are creating a colder winter. Scientists have suspected that more severe and longer-lasting cold intervals have been cause by […]

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Do Sharks Have Color Vision?

Written by on January 22, 2011 in Marine Life
Do Sharks Have Color Vision?

According to new research, sharks, unlike their close relatives chimaeras and rays, cannot distinguish colors. This study was performed by Dr. Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia. Sharks have a large sensory brain area dedicated to the processing of visual information and they […]

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Flipper Bands Have a Negative Impact on King Penguins

Written by on January 18, 2011 in Marine Life
Flipper Bands Have a Negative Impact on King Penguins

A new study determined that, over a ten year period, flipper-banded penguins have a 16% lower survival rate and produce 39% fewer chicks than non-banded penguins. The study was performed by a team of researchers led by Yvon Le Maho, CNRS researcher at the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (CNRS / Université de Strasbourg) and member […]

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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary: NOAA Releases Draft Management Plan

Written by on January 15, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary: NOAA Releases Draft Management Plan

Yesterday, NOAA released a draft management plan and environmental assessment for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary for public review and comment. The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1994 and spans 3,310 square miles off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  The sanctuary protects an important upwelling zone that is home to many […]

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Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations Quickly Return to Normal

Written by on January 12, 2011 in Other News
Gulf Oil Spill: Methane Gas Concentrations Quickly Return to Normal

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A & M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have already returned to near normal levels.  They called their results “extremely surprising” because it’s only been months since the massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The […]

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Oxygen-Poor Conditions in Ancient Oceans Impacted Early Evolution

Written by on January 11, 2011 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Oxygen-Poor Conditions in Ancient Oceans Impacted Early Evolution

It is widely accepted that the oceans became oxygen-rich to the point they are today about 600 million years ago, in the Late Eriacaran Period.  Biochemists at the University of California, Riverside have recently found evidence that the ocean went back to being anxic, or oxygen-poor, around 499 million years ago, soon after the first […]

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Successful Disentanglement of North Atlantic Right Whale off Florida’s Coast

Written by on January 6, 2011 in Marine Life
Successful Disentanglement of North Atlantic Right Whale off Florida’s Coast

A team of state and federal biologists successfully assisted a North Atlantic right whale that was severely entangled in more than 150 feet rope off the coast of Daytona, Florida. “We were very concerned about this whale as the entangling ropes appeared to be life threatening,” said Jamison Smith, Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Coordinator for […]

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“Great Garbage Patch” Not Nearly as Large as Portrayed by Media

Written by on January 6, 2011 in Other News
“Great Garbage Patch” Not Nearly as Large as Portrayed by Media

The size of the “Great Garbage Patch” floating somewhere between California and Japan is much smaller than portrayed in the media. According to an Oregon State University scientist and assistant professor, Angelicque White, the patch is not bigger than the state of Texas; there is not more plastic in the ocean than plankton; and the […]

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