Archive for October, 2011

Hagfish Slime Chokes Predators

Written by on October 31, 2011 in Marine Life
Hagfish Slime Chokes Predators

By Henry Workman Research from New Zealand’s Massey University and Te Papa has produced footage revealing the hagfish’s one-of-a-kind defense mechanism.  When threatened the creature will expel a mucus-like substance which interferes with the gill functioning of predators, causing them to gag and swim away.  The study also yielded insight into the hagfish’s own predatory […]

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SEJ’s Shark Attack: “Humankind at Its Worst”

Written by on October 24, 2011 in Marine Life, Other News, Policy & Ocean Law
SEJ’s Shark Attack: “Humankind at Its Worst”

Emily Tripp Senior Writer The ‘breakfast breakout session’ titled “Shark Attack: ‘Human Kind at Its Worst’” at the SEJ Conference on Saturday was composed of a group of four people, passionate about sharks.  The session title came from impressive words from Jean-Michel Cousteau who once said that “shark finning is humankind at its worst”.  It covered topics from shark […]

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Jean-Michel Cousteau: “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.”

Written by on October 23, 2011 in Editor's Choice, Interviews, Other News
Jean-Michel Cousteau: “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.”

Emily Tripp Marine Science Today Senior Writer Jean-Michel Cousteau made an appearance at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference in Miami this year.  He, along with his family, spoke at the opening night about his legendary father Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and the legacy that their family continues today. I had the privilege of speaking with Jean-Michel […]

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Shark Massacre in Colombia

Written by on October 19, 2011 in Marine Life
Shark Massacre in Colombia

Environmentalists have just discovered a massacre of hammerhead, whale and Galapagos sharks in a Colombian Sanctuary. This horrible news comes just days after a bill signed in California completed the ban on the trade of shark fins for the entire West Coast.

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Cyclops Shark is the Real Deal

Written by on October 18, 2011 in Marine Life

Emily Tripp Senior Writer According to two scientists from the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences and other media sources, the pictures that surfaced a couple months ago of a Cyclops shark fetus are real. Read the full story from Discovery News.  The unfortunate part of this story is that Dusky Sharks are often illegally harvested […]

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Polar Bears Harmed by Environmental Toxins

Written by on October 15, 2011 in Marine Life
Polar Bears Harmed by Environmental Toxins

Emily Tripp Senior Writer A new thesis explains how industrial chemicals are harming polar bears.  These industrial chemicals are transported from industrial cities to the Arctic on boats and planes, where the cocktail of environmental toxins is incorporated into the food chain. “The accumulated industrial chemicals cause diseases in the polar bears which do not […]

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Evidence of an Ancient Sea Terror?

Written by on October 14, 2011 in Marine Life, Other News
Evidence of an Ancient Sea Terror?

By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer   Between 245 and 90 million years ago a large, fish-like reptile called the ichthyosaur dominated the Mesozoic ocean at the top of the food chain.  It’s unlikely that the ichthyosaur had any predators of its own, which makes a paleontological site in Nevada containing fossil remains of […]

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Jellyfish Prove Unexpectedly Efficient Predators

Written by on October 3, 2011 in Jellyfish, Marine Life
Jellyfish Prove Unexpectedly Efficient Predators

By Henry Workman Marine Science Today Writer Species of jellyfish provide greater competition for more complex organisms than previously thought.  Recent research published in Science reveals that in areas where plankton-feeding fish populations have dropped off, mostly due to overfishing, jellyfish that occupy a similar ecological niche have taken their places.  The jellyfish populations have […]

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