What’s New in Marine Science

Written by on July 26, 2013 in Marine Life

Weekly Roundup 31

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125 Pilot Whales Killed In The Faroes

So far in the first drive hunt, or ‘grind’ of the 2013 season, 125 pilot whales have been killed in the Faroe Islands. Read this post from WDC to learn more about the annual hunts.

Researchers have created a static version of a pipeline wave.

Researchers have created a static version of a pipeline wave. Photo credit: SVTHERLAND via photopin cc.

A scientific experiment is able to create a wave that is frozen in time

Scientists recently created a static pipeline wave in their lab. The crest of the wave remains frozen in time, moving neither forward nor backward. This still wave will help improve boat and seaport designs and will allow researchers to better study how carbon dioxide moves between the ocean and the atmosphere.

Declining Sea Ice Strands Baby Harp Seals

Research reveals that young harp seals off the eastern coast of Canada face a much higher risk of getting stranded in the water than adults due to shrinking sea ice cover. The researchers note that it’s not just the weakest pups that are stranding, the warming water temperatures and subsequent loss of sea ice cover is affecting all harp seals less than a year old.

Dolphins ‘call each other by name’

Scientists have found additional evidence that dolphins call each other by name. They have a unique whistle for each individual. The researchers found that when dolphins heard their own call played back to them, the respond.

First global atlas of marine plankton reveals remarkable underwater world

An international group of researchers has compiled the first ever global atlas of marine plankton including 12 different groups from bacteria to jellyfish. The atlas can be downloaded by any researcher, allowing more people to better understand marine biodiversity for conservation and management.

Great Barrier Reef Under Threat

Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, Mark Butler will decide next month whether to allow the expansion of a new port within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Many worry that the construction will add to the decline of the world’s largest living structure.

Heart-warming moment lost baby sperm whale jumps for joy 5ft above the waves after being reunited with its family

Who doesn’t love a nice happy ending? A young sperm whale became separated from his family in the sea off the Azores when the adults were diving for food. When the newborn found them again, biologist and dive guide Justin Hart snapped some amazing photos that you have to see.

Japan’s Fukushima operator acknowledges contaminated water flowing into sea

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant recently announced that contaminated ground water had been flowing into the sea. He also said he believed the contamination of the surrounding sea had been continuing since the accident in March 2011.

Sea turtle escaping a net through a turtle excluder device.

Sea turtle escaping a net through a turtle excluder device. Photo credit: NOAA.

LED nets reduce turtle bycatch

New research shows that illuminating fishing nets with LEDs can reduce bycatch, particularly with sea turtles. The researchers found that less turtles interacted with nets that were illuminated by LEDs that with nets that were not. The LEDs wouldn’t affect the target species because previous research has shown that sea turtles can perceive light in the UV range but many economically important fish species cannot.

SeaWorld team releases manatees into Indian River Lagoon

In the wake of the Blackfish disputed, it’s nice to share something good about SeaWorld. Members of SeaWorld’s animal rescue team recently released four manatees back into the Indian River Lagoon after months of medical rehabilitation.

Southern California Crustacean Sand-Dwellers Suffering Localized Extinctions

A new study from UC Santa Barbara reveals that two types of sand-dwelling crustaceans are suffering localized extinctions at an alarming rate. These species are indicators for overall beach biodiversity so scientists suggest that other similar species could face the same grim future.

Stranded humpback whale recycled into oil and electricity

A humpback whale that died after becoming stranded was ‘recycled’ into energy. It produced enough energy to provide five Dutch families with electricity for a year.

Tuna capsizes boat, drags fisherman into Pacific before Coast Guard rescue

Well, the title says it all. Watch the following video to see how the fish nearly won this fight…

US jets dump bombs near Great Barrier Reef

Two US fighter jets recently dropped four bombs on the Great Barrier Reef. Two of the bombs were inert and two were unarmed so there was “minimal environmental impact,” but the bombs still weigh about 500 pounds each.

Would You Pay $5 to Hold Hands With a Wild Animal?

A marine park in Japan is charging visitors to be able to touch sea otters through holes in the otters’ tank. The otter gets a snack for every finger he squeezes. Adorable? Yes. Ethical? Maybe not…

Sea otters holding hands.

Sea otters holding hands. Photo credit: Laurarob84 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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