Other stories worth reading this weekend:
Today, March 22, is World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a way of bringing attention to the importance of freshwater and encouraging the sustainable management of freshwater resources. UN-Water has designated this year as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Check out their website to learn more about UN-Water and World Water Day.
“5 Myths About Farmed Seafood” from Fish Navy Films
Does wild seafood taste better than farmed seafood? Is farmed seafood more sustainable than wild seafood? Check out this post from Fish Navy Films that clarifies some of the myths surrounding farmed seafood.
“Harp Seal: Lazy (Albeit Cute)?” from Ocean Conservancy
To make your Friday even better, check out these adorable videos and photos of harp seal pups. You won’t believe the noises they make. They may not sound like harps, but it’s pretty darn cute.
“How Big is a Big Blue?” from National Geographic
Did you know that a the tongue of a blue whale weighs as much as an elephant and it’s heart weighs up to 2,000 pounds? Check out this post form National Geographic about blue whales to learn more.
Researchers have found that plankton living in warm waters are much more carbon-rich than previously thought. While this might not sound like such a big deal, it actually “upended a decades-old core principle of marine science know as the Redfield ratio” which has been accepted since the 1930s. This means that models of CO2 in the world’s oceans need to be revised and oceanography text books need to be rewritten.
“Public worldwide supports ocean sustainability” from Global Ocean Commission
The results of a survey conducted in 13 countries reveals that the vast majority (85%) of citizens worldwide believes that governments should take the needs of future generations into account when making decisions about the ocean. The survey from the Global Ocean Commission found that people also appreciate the ocean for life itself and the oxygen it provides us with daily. Check out this article to hear from Global Ocean Commission Co-chair Trevor Manuel: Making the high seas our business.
“Saturn 5 Rocket Engines Fished From Sea” from Discovery
A recovery expedition funded by Jeff Bezos found two engines used on NASA Saturn 5 rockets to fly astronauts to the moon. The engines have been at the bottom of the sea for more than 40 years, so they will require some restoration before going on display for the public.
“The World’s 10 Most Amazing Coral Reefs” from the Weather Channel
Check out this post with the top ten most amazing coral reefs around the world. Each of the 10 locations includes dozens of breathtaking photos as well as a description of the area.
“Tourist-fed stingrays change their ways” from URI
A new study of Stingray City in the Cayman Islands found that human interaction with stingrays drastically alters their behavior. At Stingray City, nearly a million visitors come annually to feed, pet and swim with the rays. Stingrays are normally solitary, hunting at night and resting during the day. The rays at Stingray City, however, are the complete opposite – enjoying mealtime during the day, resting at night, and living in close proximity to other rays. This study raises questions about the possible negative impacts of “interactive ecotourism” activities like this.
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