New Marine Species, The Cove, and Wild Orcas

Written by on January 3, 2014 in Marine Life

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Four new species found off Scottish coast
Researchers discovered four new species living in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Scotland. A large sea snail, a marine worm, and two kinds of clam were found during Marine Scotland surveys around the Rockall plateau in the north Atlantic. Researchers believe these creatures live around a “cold seep” from which methane and other gasses bubble out. Additional research will pinpoint the exact location of the cold seep.

Here’s the Next Battle in the Fight to Stop Japan’s Dolphin Slaughter
Blackfish and captive orcas have dominated the news lately, but there are other marine mammals in the wild that are suffering. At the end of the year, The Cove’s Ric O’Barry was in Taiji Japan, completing an assessment of the situation at the cove where dolphins are slaughtered by a small group of fishermen every year. Check out this interview on Take Part where O’Barry explains the current situation in Taiji what’s next in the fight to end the annual slaughter.

Killer whales.

Killer whales. Photo Credit: Dave Ellifrit, NOAA SWFSC.

Killer whales dazzle in hourlong show off L.A.; ‘Like SeaWorld without the tanks’
Last week, four wild killer whales put on a spectacular show for researchers and whale watchers off the coast of Los Angeles. Those who were lucky enough to see the show compared it to SeaWorld without the tanks. This is the third consecutive holiday season that these transient killer whales have come to Southern California.

And here’s a bonus: The Top Five Ocean Stories of 2013
Check out the five most interesting ocean discoveries of 2013 from Smithsonian Magazine.

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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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