Archive for July, 2011

Whaling Policy a Source of Conflict between Iceland, US

Written by on July 31, 2011 in Policy & Ocean Law
Whaling Policy a Source of Conflict between Iceland, US

Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer Whaling, a longtime source of economic independence for the nation of Iceland, is at the center of an ongoing debate which puts economic policy in direct conflict with environmental concerns.  Despite international efforts made to improve the status of endangered species such as the fin whale, Iceland’s commercial whale […]

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New Study Reveals Problems for Tuna and Billfish

Written by on July 25, 2011 in Policy & Ocean Law
New Study Reveals Problems for Tuna and Billfish

Emily Tripp Senior Writer A new study presents alarming assessments of economically important fish. Top global fisheries experts provided an analysis of 61 species of “scombrids” (tunas, bonitos, mackerels, swordfish and marlins and more) that classified seven of these species as threatened with extinction and four as “near threatened” for the ICUN Red List of […]

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Great Whites Gather Near Martha’s Vineyard

Written by on July 24, 2011 in Marine Life
Great Whites Gather Near Martha’s Vineyard

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Over the last few weeks great white sharks have been appearing in the Northeast in record numbers. They are primarily gathering by Monomoy Island by Martha’s Vineyard.  Sharks migrate up here every year to feed, but the larger-than-normal gray seal population has attracted a huge group of great whites.  They are drawn here […]

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155 Million Year Old Sea Monster Revealed

Written by on July 17, 2011 in Marine Life

A recent article from National Geographic introduces the skull of an ancient, giant “sea monster.”  This creature, a pliosaur, was alive about 155 million years ago and had a jaw strong enough to snap a car in half, according to the U.K.’s Dorset County Museum.  The skull is 7.9 feet long with a short neck […]

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Ocean Literacy Campaign Uses Music to Promote K-12 Marine Science

Written by on July 15, 2011 in Other News
Ocean Literacy Campaign Uses Music to Promote K-12 Marine Science

Editor’s note– This story was provided by Monica Woelfel, administrator of the Banana Slug String Band.  The band provides educational entertainment about the environment, natural history and science through CDs, songbooks, activity guides, concerts and much more.  Below, Monica introduces their latest CD. ——————– This January, the Ocean Literacy Campaign released an innovative learning tool: a children’s music […]

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Jellyfish Invasions Force Nuclear Power Plants to Shut Down

Written by on July 11, 2011 in Jellyfish, Marine Life
Jellyfish Invasions Force Nuclear Power Plants to Shut Down

Massive amounts of jellyfish have forced the shutdown of nuclear power plants in Japan, Scotland and Israel in the past few weeks. All of these nuclear power plants use seawater to cool its reactors. Marine life is constantly being sucked in by the coolers, but now hundreds of jellyfish are invading the cooling systems causing […]

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New Study Finds Plastic in Stomachs of Garbage Patch Fishes

Written by on July 4, 2011 in Marine Life
New Study Finds Plastic in Stomachs of Garbage Patch Fishes

Emily Tripp Senior Writer A recent study published on June 27 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series found plastic in the stomachs of nine percent of fishes living in the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”  The study was completed by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Two […]

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Sea Urchins See With Entire Body

Written by on July 2, 2011 in Marine Life
Sea Urchins See With Entire Body

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Researchers at the Univeristy of Gothenburg have shown that sea urchins, although they have no eyes, can see with their whole body.  The study was recently published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Most creatures with eyes react to light and process complex images to help […]

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