Weekly Roundup 11

Written by on February 15, 2013 in Marine Life

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

Enhanced fish breeding to support Nepal’s food security” from CleanBiz.asia

Scientists in Norway and Nepal are ready to begin manipulating the breeding cycle of carp in order to get the fish to spawn more than once a year. By doing this, they hope to improve food security in the region.

Whale Shark.

Whale Shark. Photo credit: NOAA.

Extraordinary Fashion Shoot Involves Whale Sharks, World’s Largest Fish” from Blue Sphere Media

These photos are a must-see. Two photographers teamed up with two models to create an amazing underwater photoshoot. The models, dressed in beautiful, flowing clothes, are photographed alongside several different whale sharks. They’re incredibly powerful images designed to raise awareness about the dangers whale sharks face. And check out this article from Scientific American to learn more about whale sharks.

Guppies use ugly friends to seem more attractive” from AP

A new study found that, when females are present, male guppies prefer to hang out with their dull-colored, less impressive friends because it made them look better by comparison.

The Hardcore Ads Of The Sea Shepherds” from Buzz Feed

Make sure you’re in a happy place before you look at Sea Shepherd’s most recent ad campaign. They are powerful images, but a little disturbing. In an effort to inspire people to care, Sea Shepherd has created a new series of ads , many of which are designed to show people that the death of a whale is just as sad as the death of something cuter, like a Panda (#14). Do you think they’ve gone too far or is this the shock that people need? Tells us in the comment section below…

Invisible War Rages in World’s Oceans: Bacteria Battle for Survival” from Science World Report

Researchers have recently discovered that two bacteria are constantly battling each other in the ocean. The outcome may determine how much carbon dioxide enters our atmosphere…

On the Elephant Seal Dating Scene, It’s All About Bravado” from Quest

Ever want to know what it sounds like when elephant seals gather on California beaches for the mating season? Well, now you can. You can also learn a little bit about their interesting social structure; one dominant male has a group of anywhere from 10 to 100 females while the beta males try to sneak in to get some of the action without the alpha male noticing…

Elephant Seal.

Elephant Seal. Photo credit: NOAA.

Scots develop new trawls to cut discards” from World Fishing and Aquaculture

Scottish fishermen are developing a new kind of prawn trawl in order to decrease bycatch and discards. Based on trials, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has found that the new net trawls will reduce cod bycatch by as much as 87%, haddock bycatch by about 67% and whiting by about 64%.

Sea slug’s ‘disposable penis’ surprises” from BBC News

The mating behavior of sea slugs is know to be complicated, but scientist recently discovered that it in one particular species it’s even weirder than they though. Japanese researchers were surprised to find that a sea slug (Chromodoris reticulata) is able to detach, re-grow and re-use its penis.

Tiverton Restaurant to Host Sustainable Seafood Dinner” from Boating Local

The spring segment of Eating with the Ecosystem begins on February 25 at the Boat House in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Eating with the Ecosystem is a traveling diner series that focuses on sustainable seafood and is hosted by a different restaurant every month in the fall and spring.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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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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