Ocean Scientists Discuss Areas That Lack Climate Change Data

Written by on January 22, 2014 in Other News

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Dolphins Steal The Show In US Surf Contest
Have you seen these pictures and videos yet? A pod of dolphins joined more than 200 surfers California’s Rincon Classic competition over the weekend. The dolphins seemed to enjoy riding the waves as much as the surfers did. Watch the video clip for more!

Surfing dolphins.

Surfing dolphins. Photo credit: Bryce Bradford via photopin cc.

Scientists seek to improve climate change data from developing countries
Scientists from 21 countries and 39 different institutes have gathered in Hobart for the annual meeting of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). At the meeting, the world’s leading ocean researchers have expressed concern about a lack of climate change data, including ocean temperatures, from developing countries. Some also worry about a lack of consistency in research methodologies and data collection around the world, which makes observations very difficult to compare. The conference, which will address these issues, runs until Friday.

Albino dolphin in Hawaii.

Albino dolphin in Hawaii. Photo credit: Susan Renee via photopin cc.

White Alright?
The annual dolphin drive in Taiji, Japan received extra attention a few days ago when a young white bottlenose dolphin was brought to the Cove. Is this dolphin a true albino and how does it happen? According to WDC, albinisms is characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigmentation (melanin) in the skin, hair and eyes. It has been documented in over 20 cetacean species, including humpback whales and orcas. Depending on the degree of albinism, animals can have white or pale skin and hair, pink or red eyes, and sometimes impaired vision and hearing. Read the post to find out if albinos are as healthy as their fully-pigmented relatives.

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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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