Weekly Roundup 8

Written by on January 25, 2013 in Marine Life

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

BP Deepwater Horizon spill: Scientists say seafood safe, but health effects being measured” from nola.com
Research continues to find that there is no evidence for harmful levels of any chemicals from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. While seafood is safe to eat, new research shows that spill cleanup workers may contain chemicals from the oil in their bodies.

Humpback whales get close to boat in Kona” from KHON2
It’s a long video, but check out some of this amazing footage of a humpback whale that swam right up to a boat in Kealakekua Bay.

“Mission to tag the elusive blue whale” from ABC News (link no longer active)
Researchers from five different countries are headed to the Southern Ocean to track down blue whales using acoustic technology.

Naked environmentalist takes an underwater stand for shark awareness” from the Examiner
Check out this post about activist and former-model Lesley Rochat who posed naked underwater in some of the same nets that sharks frequently encounter. The poster is part of an effort to raise awareness about sharks and the issues they face.

Positive result for UK fishermen” From World Fishing and Aquaculture
The UK is very satisfied with the results of fisheries negotiations between the EU and Norway. The UK will be allowed to catch the same amount of cod as last year, and fishermen won’t have to discard nearly as many fish.

Slideshow: Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin” from Science Magazine
Check out this amazing slideshow of a group of sperm whales that have taken in an adult bottlenose dolphin with a spinal malformation. Dolphins are often seen “playing” with other speices, but this seems to be a first for sperm whales because they are generally more timid.

U.S. Navy commander apologizes for ship stuck in reef off Philippines” from CNN
Last Thursday, a U.S. Navy minesweeper ran aground in the Tubbataha Reef off the Philippines. The reef is home to many endangered specices so the current task is to prevent any further damage to the environment. Officials reported that no oil leaked from the ship, but it remains stuck in the reef for now.
Check out this article to learn more: USS Guardian Minesweeper: Coral Reef Concerns Sparked After Ship Grounds In Philippines

Wood on the seafloor – an oasis for deep-sea life” from Max-Planck
Obviously, trees don’t grow on the sea floor, but wood is still an important habitat to many deep sea creatures.

Blue whales.

Blue whales. Photo credit: Dan Shapiro, 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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