A Two-Headed Shark, Galapagos Marine Life, and James Cameron

Written by on March 26, 2013 in Marine Life

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Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron.

Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron. Photo credit: jurvetson via photopin cc.

Explorer and Filmmaker James Cameron Gives DEEPSEA CHALLENGER Sub to WHOI

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.

Hope for Galapagos wildlife threatened by marine invaders

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.

Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands. Photo credit: eatswords via photopin cc.

Mysterious seal found in Swedish forest… four miles from the sea

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.

Scientists Confirm First Two-Headed Bull Shark

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.

Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas).

Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Photo credit: AlKok 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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