Swimming with Whale Sharks, Red Tides & Melting Glaciers

Written by on March 12, 2013 in Marine Life

Editor’s Note — In order to keep you as up-to-date as possible with the latest news in marine science, we’re going to start something new. As usual, the morning post will be a full news article, but the evening post will change. It will now include highlights from the day’s most important articles, similar to the Weekly Roundup. Enjoy!

Glaciers Contribute Significant Iron to North Atlantic Ocean

A new study from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution revealed that glaciers contribute an unexpectedly large amount of iron to the North Atlantic. As the Greenland ice sheet continues to melt, it is expected that this source will grow. This adds a whole new level of complexity to melting ice sheets–it’s no longer just about sea level rise.

Melt water in NW Greenland.

Melt water in NW Greenland. Photo credit: NOAA.

Locals, biologists face off over Philippine whale shark feeding

Tan-awan, a coastal town in the Philippines island of Cebu, has recently transformed into a tourist hotspot. Previously not a popular destination, toursits now flock to Tan-awan to swim with whale sharks. There is always controversy surrounding this topic, and this is no different. Fishermen found that they could lure the sharks closer inland with shrimp and then bring tourists out to see or swim with them. Biologists say it is unnatural and needs to stop now before it leads to long term problems, but fishermen say they can’t stop because it has become a consistent new source of income.

Whale Shark.

Whale Shark. Photo credit: NOAA.

Red tide bloom affecting manatees along southwest Florida coast

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 174 manatees have died as a result of red tides along Florida’s Gulf Coast this year. This is the highest number of manatee deaths in any single calendar year.

Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus).

Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus) at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. Photo credit: USFWS Endangered Species 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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