On the one-year anniversary of James Cameron’s solo dive to the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, he announced a partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Cameron will transfer the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible that took him down to WHOI in order to help further deep-sea research. Read the whole article to learn more about the partnership and Cameron’s unprecedented dive.
Scientists from the UK are investigating how seriously invasive species are threatening marine life around the Galapagos Islands. They are particularly worried about white coral, which has been seen fairly close to the islands, and the Indian Ocean lionfish which has already invaded the Caribbean and could easily overwhelm native species around the Galapagos Islands.
Last Sunday, a seal pup was found in a forest in eastern Sweden about four miles from the ocean. How did it get there? We don’t really know, but those who were called to investigate said it probably got separated from its mother and wandered there on its own. It was later taken to a nearby river and released, unharmed.
That’s right. The two-headed bull shark that was found in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2011 is real. Scientists have confirmed that it is a single shark with two heads, not conjoined twins (which would have been slightly less shocking). The two-headed creature hadn’t yet been born, as it was discovered still in the stomach of an adult female. Scientists suspect that if it had been born, it wouldn’t have lasted long. Many people want to blame this anomaly on pollution, but those involved in the research say that’s not a fair conclusion.
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