Archive for January, 2014

This Week in Marine Science

Written by on January 31, 2014 in Other News
This Week in Marine Science

Here’s a roundup of other stories worth reading this weekend, including the Vibrant Oceans Initiative, rare True’s beaked whales, and fisheries in the Pacific.

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Shell Won’t Drill In the Arctic This Year

Written by on January 31, 2014 in Policy & Ocean Law
Shell Won’t Drill In the Arctic This Year

Yesterday, Shell announced that it will stop its exploration drilling program in the Arctic in 2014.

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Climate Change Directly Responsible for Penguin Deaths

Written by on January 30, 2014 in Other News
Climate Change Directly Responsible for Penguin Deaths

Today’s highlights include how climate change is killing penguin chicks, a ban on great white shark fishing, and changes to Walmart’s sustainable seafood policy.

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‘Chameleons of the Sea’ May Benefit Soldiers on Battlefields

Written by on January 30, 2014 in Invertebrates, Technology
‘Chameleons of the Sea’ May Benefit Soldiers on Battlefields

Cuttlefish are masters of camouflage. Not only can they change the color and pattern of their skin, but they can shift their bodies to mimic just about anything.

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Investigation Reveals World’s Largest Shark Slaughterhouse

Written by on January 29, 2014 in Other News
Investigation Reveals World’s Largest Shark Slaughterhouse

Today’s highlights: Morgan the orca, a call for more studies on how organisms will adapt to ocean acidification, and the world’s largest shark slaughterhouse.

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What Exactly Happens in Taiji’s Infamous Cove?

Written by on January 29, 2014 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins
What Exactly Happens in Taiji’s Infamous Cove?

The annual dolphin drive has been making the headlines often lately. Here’s a short summary of everything you need to know about it, minus the graphic pictures.

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Gray Seals Seen Hunting Harbor Porpoises

Written by on January 28, 2014 in Marine Life
Gray Seals Seen Hunting Harbor Porpoises

Today’s highlights include the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, gray seals starting to hunt harbor porpoises, and the debated origin of the South China Sea.

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Why Did Life in the Oceans Get So Big?

Written by on January 28, 2014 in Marine Life
Why Did Life in the Oceans Get So Big?

Researchers are studying fossils of rangeomorphs that lived on the seafloor more than 565 million years ago to determine how life in the early oceans got so big.

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Marine Mammal Research is Easier When the Animals Help Out

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Other News
Marine Mammal Research is Easier When the Animals Help Out

Today’s highlights include the surprisingly intelligent manatee, Alvin’s return to the sea, and Lolita’s pending Endangered Species status.

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The Squid’s Blurred Vision: Judging Distance Underwater

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Invertebrates, Marine Life
The Squid’s Blurred Vision: Judging Distance Underwater

Judging size and distance in vast, featureless waters is a challenge for all animals. New Research reveals how a squid species is able to precisely target prey.

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