Weekly News Roundup 3

Written by on December 14, 2012 in Marine Life

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

Evidence Noah’s Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard” from ABC News

Robert Ballard, famous for discovering the shipwrecked Titanic in 1985, says he’s found evidence that may support the story of Noah. Ballard and his team traveled to the Black Sea and found an ancient shoreline 400 feet below the surface.

Fish attracted to same -sex flirts” from BBC Nature

Female Atlantic mollies (tropical fish) have been known to “mate-copy”–meaning they prefer to mate with males they have seen interacting sexually with other fish. Scientists in Germany have recently found that this was true even when the males were “flirting” with other males. The researchers believe this behavior could also be found in other species known to “mate-copy” including fruit flies, birds, and even humans.

High Number of Sea Turtle Strandings Keeps Northeast Region Stranding Network Busy” from NOAA

This season, there have been over 200 reported sea turtle strandings from New York to Massachusetts. Most strandings are a result of “cold stunning.” Find out more about cold stunning and the New England Aquarium and other facilities that have been busy all season treating the turtles.

International Trade in Live Corals Could Help Preserve Wild Corals and Coral Reefs Ecosystems, Study Suggests” from Boston University

A new study reveals that the trade of live corals for aquariums can provide new opportunities for conservation because the trade can be “a powerful conservation incentive.” It was found to be beneficial to small island communities when aquariums are supplied with locally cultivated corals . Although, NOAA’s proposal to list 66 coral species under the Endangered Species Act may halt the live coral aquarium trade, and thus the associated benefits.

The Oxymorons of ‘Sustainable Overfishing’” from the International Herald Tribune

This is a great piece summarizing the disappointment that many felt after the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The theme of the 5-day session seemed to focus more on ways to continue overfishing instead of finding ways to end it.

Photos of Everyday Objects Transformed into Sea Creatures” from feature shoot

Check out this photo post featuring Kim Preston’s Plastic Pacific series. To highlight the dangers of plastic accumulation in our oceans, Preston turned everyday objects into the sea creatures that would be affected by it.

Prospectus addresses most pressing marine science questions” from Phys.org

This is an interesting summary of a new themed issue published by the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society A last month. The ‘Prospectus for UK marine sciences for the next 20 years’ focuses on the most pressing issues that marine scientists in the UK should address over the next two decades. The papers were written by young to mid-career marine scientists from all different fields. You can read the introduction here , or find all of the papers here.

Corals in the Maldives.

Corals in the Maldives. Photo credit Hani Amir via photopin cc.

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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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