Archive for February, 2011

Loggerheads Migrate Using a Magnetic Sense for Longitude

Written by on February 28, 2011 in Marine Life
Loggerheads Migrate Using a Magnetic Sense for Longitude

New research has found how loggerhead sea turtles migrate across the open ocean. “One of the great mysteries of animal behavior is how migratory animals can navigate in the open ocean, where there are no visual landmarks,” said Kenneth Lohmann of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The research was published online on […]

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Rising Number of Baby Dolphins Washing up Along Gulf Coast

Written by on February 22, 2011 in Marine Life

Scientists are overwhelmed with a sudden increase in the number of baby dolphin deaths along the Gulf Coast in the last few weeks. The carcasses of 26 infant and stillborn dolphins have been discovered since January 20 along the shore of the Gulf Coast.  The bodies have been found in marshes, on islands, and on […]

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New Deep-Sea Vents Discovered in Southern Ocean

Written by on February 22, 2011 in Marine Life
New Deep-Sea Vents Discovered in Southern Ocean

A new set of deep-sea volcanic vents has been discovered in the Southern Ocean by scientists on the Royal Research Ship James Cook.  This is the fourth discovery made by the research team in three years. These discoveries suggest that deep-sea vents are more common than previously thought. The vents are 520 meters down in […]

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Study Finds New Ways to Track Ocean Pollution Falling from the Sky

Written by on February 21, 2011 in Marine Life
Study Finds New Ways to Track Ocean Pollution Falling from the Sky

A new study by scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science provides a new way to estimate how much of the ocean’s pollution is raining down from the sky.  These new findings can help improve scientific understanding of how toxic airborne chemicals, from industrial processes, are impacting the earth’s […]

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New, Concrete Evidence That We Are Fishing Down the Food Web

Written by on February 20, 2011 in Marine Life
New, Concrete Evidence That We Are Fishing Down the Food Web

A new study from the University of British Columbia found that predatory fish such as cod, tuna and groupers have declined by two-thirds over the past 100 years while small forage fish such as sardine, anchovy and capeline have more than doubled in the same time period.  A team of scientists, led by Professor Villy […]

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Climate Change Causing Polar Bear Birth Rates to Decline

Written by on February 9, 2011 in Marine Life
Climate Change Causing Polar Bear Birth Rates to Decline

New research, published in Nature Communications on February 8, from the University of Alberta has linked declining number of cubs in polar bear litters with loss of sea ice.  Peter Molnar, Andrew Derocher and Mark Lewis say projections of declining litter size is a significant threat to the western Hudson Bay polar bears.  If climate […]

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Royal Red Shrimp Fishery Reopened in Gulf of Mexico

Written by on February 5, 2011 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Royal Red Shrimp Fishery Reopened in Gulf of Mexico

On February 2, NOAA reopened 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to royal red shrimping. This area was previously closed to this kind of deep water fishing on November 24, 2010 after a commercial shrimper found tar balls in his net.  The tar balls […]

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