Weekly News Roundup 2

Written by on December 7, 2012 in Marine Life

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?” from The New York Times
This nine page article might take a while to get through, but if you’re at all interested in jellyfish and their ability to remain immortal, it’s a good read.

Endangered shark fins sold in Vancouver” from CTV News
An investigation revealed that fins from endangered shark species are being sold in Canada. An undercover reporter and members of the Animal Defense League purchased fins a local shops and sent them to a lab for DNA testing. They found that 76 percent of the 59 samples were from endangered species.

Gazprom successfully completes world’s first LNG supply via Northern Sea Route” from Gazprom
On Wednesday, the Ob River successfully completed its Arctic journey. Check out their news release to see photos from the trip.

NOAA proposes list 66 species under the ESA” from NOAA News
Last week, NOAA announced that it is proposing Endangered Species Act listings for 66 coral species. “Healthy coral reefs are among the most economically valuable and biologically diverse ecosystems on earth,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary for commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. The decision will be made towards the end of 2013, after a 90 day comment period and 18 public meetings.

Sea World safety: Dolphin bites 8-year-old girl during feeding” from the Examiner
Jillian Thomas was feeding dolphins at Sea World’s Dolphin Cove in Florida when she got bit by one of the dolphins, resulting in three puncture wounds and a swollen hand. Jillian’s mother was taping the experience and shared the video online as a way to warn other parents of the danger of dolphin feeding. This accident has raised more questions about the already controversial topic of keeping large marine mammals in captivity.

World Bank Details Threats from Ocean Acidification” from Oceana
The World Bank recently released a report titled “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided.” The report includes some frightening facts about the loss of low-lying islands, an increase in extreme weather, and the dangers of ocean acidification.

Elkhorn coral was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2006. Photo credit: NOAA.

Elkhorn coral was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2006. Photo credit: NOAA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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