Archive for November, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

Written by on November 30, 2012 in Marine Life
Weekly News Roundup

Here’s a roundup of other stories worth reading this weekend, including deep-sea mining, the first winter Arctic crossing, a new marine science art exhibit, dolphins in the navy, and more.

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Blue Whales Are Surprisingly Acrobatic

Written by on November 30, 2012 in Marine Life
Blue Whales Are Surprisingly Acrobatic

New research shows that blue whales–the largest creature to ever exist–can complete a full 360 degree roll. They are the only rorqual whale that can do so.

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Sea Anemones as Insecticides?

Written by on November 29, 2012 in Marine Life
Sea Anemones as Insecticides?

New research shows that some toxins from sea anemones could be used as environmentally-friendly insecticides.

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Fish Ear Bones Hold Climate Change Secrets

Written by on November 29, 2012 in Marine Life
Fish Ear Bones Hold Climate Change Secrets

New research shows that fish ear bones (otoliths) hold information about the impacts of climate change on marine environments.

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Workshop Focuses on Effect of Human Activity on Marine Life

Written by on November 28, 2012 in Marine Life
Workshop Focuses on Effect of Human Activity on Marine Life

A two-week marine workshop is still in progress. Researchers have gathered at the small, isolated Maria Island off Tasmania’s east coast to discuss the effect of human activity on marine life.

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Southern Resident Killer Whales May be “Delisted” from Endangered Species Act

Written by on November 28, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
Southern Resident Killer Whales May be “Delisted” from Endangered Species Act

Based on new information, Southern Resident killer whales–currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)–may be “delisted.”

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Sealed Beneath Ice for Thousands of Years, Life Still Exists

Written by on November 27, 2012 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Sealed Beneath Ice for Thousands of Years, Life Still Exists

Researchers have discovered ancient microbes in an Antarctic lake, sealed beneath 65 feet of ice and isolated from the surface environment for at least 2,800 years.

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Whales Performing Synchronized Swimming?

Written by on November 27, 2012 in Marine Life
Whales Performing Synchronized Swimming?

New research reveals that long-finned pilot whales use synchronized swimming when they sense danger.

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Whale Shark Saved by Divers

Written by on November 26, 2012 in Marine Life

Shark stories don’t often have happy endings, so we’re pleased to share this great clip from NBCNews.

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SeaWorld vs. SEA LIFE: Same Mission, Different Values

Written by on November 26, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
SeaWorld vs. SEA LIFE: Same Mission, Different Values

SeaWorld and SEA LIFE: sister companies with opposite beliefs. SeaWorld profits from cetaceans in captivity while SEA LIFE adamantly opposes it.

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