Top 12 Posts of 2012

Written by on December 30, 2012 in Marine Life
Reef in Fiji.

Reef in Fiji. Photo credit: Julie Bedford, NOAA PA.

As the year comes to a close, we thought we would take a look back. Here are the 12 most popular posts of 2012:

What is Causing an Increase in Coral Disease in the Caribbean?
This year, we heard a lot about the Great Barrier Reef, but our most popular post of the year focused on coral in the Caribbean. Researchers worked to determine if the recent increase of coral diseases in the Caribbean was stress related or due to secondary infection.

Land Birds Found in the Stomachs of Tiger Sharks
It is not uncommon for sharks to eat sea birds, but this year researchers found land birds in the stomachs of tiger sharks living in the Gulf of Mexico.

Are Sharks Really Swimming the Streets After Hurricane Sandy?
After Hurricane Sandy, many photos of sharks and seals swimming on sidewalks and in neighborhoods surfaced on the internet. But, it turned out that most of those photos were not real.

Close Encounter with Giant Sea Nettles

Contributing writer Michael Bear describes his encounter with Black Sea Nettles. He and his friends were fortunate enough to catch the experience on video.

Shark’s Skin Aids in Swimming

Sharks are known for their effortless swimming, but past studies have focused only on how their streamlined bodies contribute to the ease with which they swim. This year, one researcher focused instead on how the shark’s skin boosts its swimming capabilities.

New Tracking Method to Help Save Loggerhead Turtles

This year, researchers validated a new technique to track loggerhead sea turtles. Instead of using electronic tags, this group of researchers tracked the turtles using their diet.

A Success Story for Dolphins in Switzerland

There have been many ups and downs in the marine mammal world this year, but fortunately, Switzerland joined Norway, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Cyprus in banning the captivity of dolphins.

Rare Whale Seen for First Time Ever

The world’s rarest whale was seen for the first time ever in 2010, and a report including the first-ever description of the animal was just released this year.

Sharks Suffer From Bad Public Image

A new analysis determined that negative media reports about sharks and shark attacks are hindering shark conservation efforts.

Sea otters holding hands.

Sea otters holding hands. Photo credit: meckert75 via photopin cc

Sea Otters Help Reduce Atmospheric CO2

As always, sea otters continue to be a favorite topic. This year, a new study revealed that sea otters can help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

MPAs Succeed in Protecting Sea Turtles

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have frequently been in the news this year. One particular study showed that MPAs are helping sea turtles survive.

The Great Barrier Reef is Changing

Using satellite measurements of sea surface temperatures over the last 25 years, scientists have found clear evidence of serious changes taking place at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of 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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