This Week in Marine Science

Written by on August 30, 2013 in Other News

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

16 Things BuzzFeed Doesn’t Know About The Ocean
BuzzFeed recently published a list about the ocean (16 Things No One Knows About The Ocean) that sounded really great. But, marine biologist and Discover Magazine writer Christie Wilcox thought the list was less than accurate. She wrote this follow-up article to clarify some of the misleading facts from the BuzzFeed post. Her list is pretty great — check it out.

Boeing Predicts ‘Game Changers’ for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
Aerospace company Boeing believes that unmanned underwater vehicle technology will soon experience a breakthrough similar to the one already experienced by unmanned aircraft. Boeing predicts “game-changing stuff” for unmanned underwater vehicles within two years.

Shark fins.

Dried shark fins. Photo credit: chooyutshing via photopin cc.

Court backs shark fin ban, undercuts Obama’s bid to drown law
Good news for the shark conservation movement. On Tuesday, a federal court back the California law banning the sale of shark fins, rejecting claims from Chinese-American businesses that the law is discriminatory.

Deep Sea Squid Pretends to Be Tiny…Then Attacks
Scientists have just discovered that a deep-sea squid lures its prey in close by pretending to be a small animal, then it attacks. It lures prey in with the help of a long fishing line-type appendage with a club at the end that resembles a small animal. The vibrations from the lure are similar to those that would come from something like a shrimp and it’s too dark down there for any other creature to see that it’s a trap.

First ocean-farmed salmon makes eco-friendly list
Earlier this week, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program added Chile’s Verlasso farmed salmon to its ‘good alternative’ list. This is the first time that ocean-farmed salmon has been acknowledged as a (mostly) sustainable option.

Japan Dolphins Day 2013
The annual dolphin drive in Taiji, Japan is scheduled to begin again in September and continue through April 2014. Japan Dolphins Day is held on September 1st around the globe as a protest against the hunt. You can find an event near you or create your own here.

Jaw-dropping moment diver plunges her arm into shark’s mouth
A very brave diver tried to gently remove a fishing hook from the mouth of a shark. When being gentle didn’t seem to be working, she just reaches all the way in and pulls it out. The shark then swims (happily, we hope) away.

Morphing manganese
New research shows that manganese is far more prevalent in the oceans than previously known. Manganese is an essential nutrient for most organisms, including oxygen-producing plants. For more information on the importance of manganese, check out this study: How pufferfish meditate magnesium to survive.

Oceana Victory — Decision on Atlantic Seismic Testing is Delayed
For the third time, Oceana as succeeded in delaying the decision on whether to allow seismic airgun use off the Atlantic coast. The Department of the Interior postponed the decision until next March. We’ll have a follow-up post on the seismic airgun testing issue soon, so check back for more information!

Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata).

Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Photo credit: NOAA.

Public Support for Whaling Drops in Iceland
A Gallup poll commissioned by the Ministry of Fisheries in June 2013 reveals that only 58 percent of the Icelandic public supports whaling. This represents a change in attitude since the International Fund for Animal Welfare conducted a similar poll in October 2012 that found 67 percent of respondents favored whaling.

That horned sea monster? It’s ‘definitely a shark skeleton’
The very decayed body of a ‘sea monster’ was found on a beach in the Andalusian village of Villaricos last week. Unfortunately for believers, it’s not a sea monster, but most likely the body of a giant oarfish or possibly a thresher shark.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of 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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