New research from the University of East Anglia reveals that when monitoring species biodiversity, citizen science surveys are just as effective as traditional scientific methods. In this study, average scuba divers actually found more species (137) around the site than professional divers using a belt transect (106).
The National Congress in Argentina has created two new marine protected areas in Patagonia: Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park. These enormous MPAs will help protect a number of important species, including sea lions, penguins, dolphins and more. Isla Pingüino contains one of the only remaining colonies of rockhopper penguins on the coast of Patagonia and Makenke Coastal Marine Park is home to the largest colony of the rare red-legged cormorants in the country.
UK Seabed Resources has plans for a large prospecting operation in the Pacific after surveys revealed huge numbers of valuable metal-rich nodules lying on the ocean floor. They have scheduled an expedition to assess the impact of extracting these nodules for this summer. The area they are exploring is twice the size of Wales, 4000m below the surface.
A new study reveals that filter-feeding whales have a unique hair-like net that traps food. The net forms as the fringed edges of the baleen float around and get tangled up. The researchers found that at different speeds the effectiveness of the net changed. Until now, most people believed that baleen didn’t really move. This research proves otherwise and adds to the complexity of whale feeding patterns.
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