Endangered Leatherbacks, Ancient Wreck and Antarctica’s MPA

Written by on March 19, 2013 in Marine Life

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Earth’s Interior Cycles a Contributor to Long-Term Sea-Level and Climate Change, NYU and Carleton U. Scientists Conclude

New research demonstrates that past sea level rise and global warming caused partly by natural cyclical activity below the surface of the earth. Although, the authors note that it’s important to remember that changes due to the earth’s interior happen on much longer time scale (60-140 million years), so human-induced changes are affecting the earth more rapidly.

Kerry Urges Creation of Vast Marine Reserve in Antarctica

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and New Zealand’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Moore, announced a joint proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The creation of this MPA has been debated for a while now, but Kerry and Moore don’t want to wait any longer. You can read Kerry’s speech here.

Iceberg in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

An iceberg drifting in the Ross Sea, from NOAA’s At The Ends of the Earth Collection. Photo credit: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA.

Leatherback turtle nest numbers way down

An international team of researchers reveals that if nothing is done, the western Pacific leatherback sea turtle could go extinct within 20 years. The researchers found that the number of leatherback nests has declined by as much as 78 percent in some areas over the last 27 years. The decline is a result of commercial fishing, egg poaching, destruction of nesting and foraging habitat, and climate change. On the bright side, the worldwide population of leatherbacks is comparatively more stable.

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). Photo credit: Scott R. Benson, NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

Return to Antikythera: what divers discovered in the deep

At the site of an ancient wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, divers have found a wide array of items, including jewelry, weapons, statues, pottery, an anchor and much more. You can see photos of what they found here.

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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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