Seen a Seahorse Recently? Researchers Want to Know!

Written by on October 10, 2013 in Fish, Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins

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This Pygmy Seahorse is a good example of why seahorses can be difficult to study.

A Pygmy Seahorse. Photo credit: PacificKlaus via photopin cc.

Crowdsourcing Seahorses: New smartphone app offers hope for seahorse science and conservation
In an effort to learn more about threatened seahorses, marine conservationists just launched a new smartphone app that will allow anyone, anywhere to become a citizen scientist. The app, iSeahorse Explore, is designed for people to quickly log sightings of seahorses whenever they encounter one in the wild. There are 48 species of seahorse listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and 26 of those are considered ‘Data Deficient’. Seahorses are difficult to study due to their small size and incredible camouflaging abilities, so researchers hope the app will help them learn more about these mysterious creatures.

Jellyfish Thrive in the Ocean, Robots Shred Them Into Pieces
The jellyfish is one of the most energy efficient animals in the world. According to a new research paper that explains how jellyfish move, the energy they save by swimming so efficiently can be used towards growth and reproduction. In many areas around the globe, jellyfish are having no problem reproducing…a massive swarm recently forced a nuclear power plant to be shut down! Jellyfish attacks in South Korea are costing up to $2.8 million a year in damage. In an effort to reduce damage, researchers created JEROS, the Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm. It effectively eliminates jellyfish by sucking them up and sending them through a spinning propeller. Watch the following video to see how it works (but don’t watch it if you really love jellyfish…).

Swim with Dolphins, Then Eat Them? If Taiji’s Horrifying Marine Park Happens, Tourists Could Do Both
Here’s a new twist to the dolphin hunt in Taiji’s Cove: a new theme park built nearby would allow visitors to swim with small whales and dolphins and then enjoy watching them while eating whale and dolphin meat. So you would get to swim with dolphins and eat them at the same park. Sound a little disturbing? David Kirby and Ric O’Barry certainly think so. Read the whole post to see what they have to say.

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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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