Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“An animal to feed your Eco-car” from University of Bergen
New research from UiB has found that a certain kind of tunicate (marine filter feeder that lives on the ocean floor, on piers and on ship ropes) can be used as a renewable source of biofuel and fish food. If this is a successful replacement for fishmeal, aquaculture industries will greatly benefit as the struggle to find the right food for farmed fish comes to an end. This tunicate (ascidiacea) grows very quickly, isn’t important in the food chain and can be found all over the ocean, making it an ideal source for biofuel and fish food.
“Fishing, Conservation and Marine Protected Areas: Let’s Work Together” from Nature Conservancy
Check out this great blog post from a marine scientist who doesn’t think that marine protected areas (MPAs) are going to be enough to save our oceans. He talks about how we can’t just focus our efforts on certain areas of the ocean, but instead need to work together to protect the ocean as a whole.
“Grieving Dolphin Carries Dead Calf Around For Days” from Dolphin Safari
A routine whale watching trip with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari turned into an incredible and emotional experience when the whale watchers saw an adult bottlenose dolphin carrying a deceased calf on its back. This link shows the video footage they captured. It’s heartbreaking, but Dolphin Safari is right when they say “this video sends a powerful message about how much a dolphin can care.”
“High prices push lobster off restaurant menus” from Restaurant News
The extended winter has driven American lobster (Homarus americanus) prices so high that many restaurants have started to remove them from their menus. The current price is more than 30 percent higher than it was at this time last year.
“Most in U.S. concerned about sea level rise, poll finds” from LA Times
A new survey by Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment found that the majority of Americans are convinced that sea level rise resulting from climate change poses a serious threat to the United States. The survey found that most Americans want preventative action to be taken, particularly in coastal towns.
A new study has identified areas off southern California with the highest number of whales and analyzed their risk of ship strikes. By locating areas with high numbers of whales, managers may be able to alter shipping routes in order to reduce the risk of potentially fatal ship strikes. Watch the video in the post to learn more about it.
“Sea Slug Squirts Venomous Boogers at Enemies” from Discovery
It sounds gross, but it’s incredibly effective. Sea hares, a type of sea slug with ear-like appendages, squirt an inky mucus-like substance at its enemies that prevents them from smelling. When lobsters came in contact with the mucus, they were unable to sense their prey and instead tried to clean themselves, leaving plenty of time for the sea hare to get away.
“Senator calls for signs revealing seafood to be local or imported” from Herald Sun
Nationals Senator Ron Boswell is calling for mandatory signs to be displayed at seafood shops, cafes and restaurants, stating weather the cooked fish is “top-quality” local Australian seafood or “a cheap import”. There are already laws for uncooked seafood at markets, but currently signs for cooked fish are only required in the Northern Territory.
“Watch This Enormous Ship Being Built In Just 76 Seconds” from Co.EXIST
The title says it all. Check out this time-lapsed video of a 400 meter Maersk Triple E-class ship being built. This 65-day process is condensed into only 76 seconds. Simply amazing.
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