Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“Alberta scientist unearths giant water lizard fossil in Hungary” from The Vancouver Sun
Biologist Michael Caldwell recently discovered a new kind of extinct marine lizard that grew up to 6 meters long. It had a crocodile-like body and terrifying teeth. Check out the article to see an artist rendition of what the lizard looked like.
“Dolphin Activist Ric O’Barry: Boycotting Japan is ‘Racist’” from TakePart
Ric O’Barry has spent 50 years in the dolphin entertainment industry. For the first 10 years he was working with them but for the last 40 he’s been working to put an end to the practice using dolphins and other marine mammals for our entertainment. Check out this interview with the star of the Cove where he discusses dolphin slaughter, captive orcas and more.
“Ecomarkets: Scaling Up Marine Conservation” from The Huffington Post
A recent report states that, despite progress in marine conservation, 40 percent of the ocean is still “strongly impacted by a range of threats.” This article explores the issues that challenge marine conservation efforts and what can be done to increase the effectiveness of those efforts.
“Genetically Altered Fish Safe for Environment, Says FDA” from USA Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that genetically engineered salmon is unlikely to harm the environment or populations of natural salmon. This particular salmon, called AquaAdvantage salmon, grows twice as fast as naturally raised salmon and, now cleared, will be the first official genetically engineered animal eaten by humans.
“Looking for Sea Monsters” from EPA Blog
A diver for the Environmental Protection Agency says the scariest thing he’s seen underwater is a sea squirt. Why sea squirts and not something more obviously scary like sharks? Because the invasive tunicates are taking over the northeast…
“Federal government lists 2 ice seals as threatened” from NBC News (link no longer active)
NOAA recently announced that ringed and bearded ice seals, threatened by the loss of sea ice, will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The listing won’t immediately impact human activity and any designation of critical habitat will be decided later. To learn more about ice seals, check out this interview with NOAA scientist Peter Boveng.
“President Obama plans to expand national marine sanctuaries up Sonoma and Mendocino coasts” from MercuryNews
“Feds propose to expand 2 Calif. marine sanctuaries” from NBC News (link no longer active)
The Obama Administration recently announced plans to more than double Northern California’s marine sanctuaries. This would permanently ban oil and gas drilling along the coast. There will be public hearings held soon before a final decision is made.
“Sea whodunit: How scientists solve whale deaths” from NBCNews
With the many recent whale beachings and subsequent whale deaths, this is a great article on how exactly scientists determine what killed the whale. It’s not as easy as looking for wounds or fishing gear, and the longer the whale has been dead, the harder the task is.
“Shipping Lanes to be Adjusted to Protect Endangered Whales Along California Coast” from NOAA
“Shipping lanes off Calif tweaked to protect whales” from NBC News (link no longer active)
The International Maritime Organization recently approved changes to shipping lanes off the California coast in an attempt to protect slow-moving endangered whales. The shipping lanes overlapped three national marine sanctuaries where fin, humpback and blue whales feed and congregate.
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