Happy New Year from MST! Here’s a look back at the 13 most popular posts from 2013.
13. How Do Salmon Find Their Way Home?
This question has been asked for a long time. Previous research has suggested that magnetic fields play a role, but a study published this year was the first to find a clear correlation between magnetic fields and salmon navigation.
12. Cape Cod Seals: Successful Recovery or Overpopulation?
To some, the recovery of seal populations in Cape Cod is seen as a huge success, but to others it looks more like a big problem. Debates about clean beaches, shark sightings, and fishing competition continue between beachgoers, conservationists, and fishers.
11. Construction to Begin for Underwater Hotel
You could soon sleep in a luxury hotel underwater. Construction of a prototype of the Water Discus Hotel began in Poland earlier this year. For more cool underwater hotels, check out this piece: 5 Amazing Places Where You Can Sleep Underwater.
10. Swimming with Whale Sharks: Beneficial or Cruel?
Would you swim with whale sharks in an open-ocean enclosure? It might be an option in the near future, but many are concerned that keeping these massive fish in a pen is unethical. What do you think?
9. Captivity is “a failed experiment”
The first-ever Empty the Tanks Worldwide event was held this year on July 27. I went to the Miami Seaquarium to speak with some protestors and ended up meeting Ric O’Barry, head of the Dolphin Project and star of The Cove.
8. A Summary of Deep-Sea Mining
Deep-sea mining is showing up in the news more and more lately as plans are being made and permits are getting distributed. So what are they looking for down there anyway?
7. Invasive Lionfish: “To Beat ‘Em, Just Eat ‘Em!”
The lionfish invasion has been an increasing danger to Atlantic and Caribbean waters for years, but now more and more people are finding ways to fight back. The most successful of these options is to eat them! For more, check out this post: Everything You Need to Know About Lionfish.
6. Are Global Jellyfish Populations Really Increasing?
Answer: probably not. A multinational study found that there really isn’t any evidence supporting the idea that global jellyfish populations are increasing.
5. Video: Diver Saves Dolphin
It’s not surprising to see that this made it into the top five. It’s a pretty amazing video. This dolphin was tightly entangled in fishing line and in the video it really looks like he is asking for help.
4. McDonald’s USA to Serve Only Sustainable Seafood
The Fish McBites didn’t last long, but the Filet-O-Fish is still on the menu and is certified sustainable Alaska Pollock.
3. OPINION: 5 Reasons To Go See Blackfish
Have you seen Blackfish yet? If not, here are five reasons to get on Netflix, Amazon, or Itunes and watch it today! And for more on this powerful documentary and the “Blackfish Effect” check out these articles: SeaWorld Calls Blackfish “Shamefully Dishonest” and this great review of the documentary.
2. Plastic Pollution: The Problems and a Possible Solution
A 4.5 ton sperm whale was found dead with over 37 pounds of plastic blocking its stomach. More and more studies are finding plastic in the stomachs of fish and other animals like sea turtles, marine mammals and sea birds are affected by plastic pollution. Check out some potential solutions here.
1. The Real Version of ‘Snuffy the Seal’
We have Shark Week to thank for this one! That commercial must have scared a lot of people, but don’t worry…it wasn’t real! There was a real seal, however, that almost suffered the same fate as Snuffy. Happily, this seal was rescued and released over the summer.
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