Celia

Celia is Director of Business Operations for OceanLines LLC and is a frequent contributor to both OceanLines and Marine Science Today. She is a certified diver and her favorite topic is marine biology, especially stories about whales.

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Multinational Effort to Protect the Gulf of Mexico’s Ecosystems and Marine Life

Written by on November 17, 2009 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Multinational Effort to Protect the Gulf of Mexico’s Ecosystems and Marine Life

Scientist in the U.S., Cuba and Mexico are working together on a multinational plan to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystems and marine life.

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Study Shows Human Interaction Alters Dolphin Behavior

Written by on November 16, 2009 in Marine Life
Study Shows Human Interaction Alters Dolphin Behavior

Researchers are studying the impacts human behaviors, as innocent as they may be, can have on bottlenose dolphins.

In a paper published in the Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology, Antonella Arcangeli from the Accademia del Leviatano, Rome and ISPRA, Dipartimento Difesa della Natura, Rome, Italy and Roberto Crosti from the School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia present their findings of interactions between bottlenose dolphins and a dolphin-watching tour boat in Bunbury, Western Australia.

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New Approach to Clean the Chesapeake Bay

Written by on November 9, 2009 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
New Approach to Clean the Chesapeake Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new approach and plan to get the Chesapeake Bay clean. This time marine scientists are helping pin-point where the help is needed most.

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Arnoux’s Beaked Whale: Rare Sighting, Rare Behavior of Enigmatic Species

Written by on November 9, 2009 in Marine Life
Arnoux’s Beaked Whale: Rare Sighting, Rare Behavior of Enigmatic Species

A unique sighting of a group of approximately 60 Arnoux’s beaked whales on the surface in the Gerlache Strait shows for the first time giant beaked whales socializing.

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An End to the Timor Sea Oil Spill, But Not the Effects

Written by on November 6, 2009 in Marine Life
An End to the Timor Sea Oil Spill, But Not the Effects

The PTTEP Australasia (a Thailand state-owned company) West Atlas oil spill has finally been stopped after 74 days and a minimum of 400 spilled barrels a day. Many questions and concerns rise and the consequences for the marine wildlife will still be felt for a long time.

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NASA’s Flights Over Antarctic Continent Bridge Satellite Gap

Written by on November 6, 2009 in Technology
NASA’s Flights Over Antarctic Continent Bridge Satellite Gap

NASA is currently conducting Operation Ice Bridge, a six-year campaign of annual flights to each of Earth’s polar regions designed to help scientists bridge the gap between NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) — which is operating the last of its three lasers — and ICESat-II, scheduled to launch in 2014 by providing the needed data collected by researchers on board the DC-8, a 157-foot-long airborne laboratory and the largest aircraft in NASA’s airborne science fleet that accommodates many instruments.

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Can American Samoa’s Coral Reefs Recover After Tsunami?

Written by on November 4, 2009 in Marine Life
Can American Samoa’s Coral Reefs Recover After Tsunami?

Some of American Samoa’s coral reefs were in bad shape already and may now, after the September 29 tsunami, never recover.

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Sea Turtles: Pilot Study Hopes to Help Reduce Bycatch

Written by on November 2, 2009 in Marine Life, Technology
Sea Turtles: Pilot Study Hopes to Help Reduce Bycatch

Researchers are using modern technology to learn more about turtle behavior in commercial fishing areas and to develop new ways to avoid catching turtles in fishing gear, namely a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and satellite-linked data loggers.

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More Trouble in Australia’s Waters: West Atlas Oil Rig Now on Fire

Written by on November 2, 2009 in Marine Life, Technology
More Trouble in Australia’s Waters: West Atlas Oil Rig Now on Fire

Australia’s PTTEP Australasia keeps adding problems to the West Atlas oil rig’s adverse situation: after over two months of oil spill and four failed attempts to plug the leak, a massive fire erupted on the rig today.

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Turning the North Pacific Gyre Plastic into Useful Materials

Written by on November 2, 2009 in Marine Life, Other News, Technology
Turning the North Pacific Gyre Plastic into Useful Materials

Mary Crowley, co-funder of Project Kasei and one of the members of the team that studies the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and sailed along the SEAPLEX expedition – see our report about the expedition – last August, is dreaming of converting the little pieces of plastic, that are being ingested by marine life, into fuel or building materials while cleaning the ocean.

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