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April 01, 2014

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12:00 AM | fuckyeahenvironmentalism: Press Release Statement...
fuckyeahenvironmentalism: Press Release Statement here:http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18162.pdf

March 31, 2014

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10:44 PM | Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Port Moresby
Eventhough Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, locals will tell you that earthquakes are a rarity in the southern region. That being an exception last night when an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the richter scale struck … Continue reading →
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9:26 PM | Explainer: An end to Japan’s “scientific whaling” program in Antarctica
Early this morning, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan’s scientific whaling program in Antarctica violates the International Whaling Commission moratorium, and ordered Japan to stop.  This is big news for the marine conservation community, but like many legal policy decisions, it can be difficult to determine exactly what it means. I asked marine […]
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1:56 PM | Coral reef resilience: a biogeographic perspective
Coral reefs are affected by a large range of disturbances including disease, bleaching, storms, and Acanthaster planci, also known as crown of thorn starfish (COTS) outbreaks.  There appears to be a lot of variation of how much coral cover is affected by physical and biological disturbances and in how quickly coral communities recover from it.  Those two […]
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1:27 PM | Elusive Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity
In the dark of night, between Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, dozens of fully formed baby octopuses burst forth from their outsized eggs. It seems only natural that these octopuses would... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:27 AM | How To Grow a Patagonian Red Octopus
Octopuses are tricky animals to keep in captivity. They’re smart, strong and slinky. But surely their eggs much be easier—being naturally contained and all. Not always, it turns out.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2014

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11:55 PM | Breakwater spring melee
Now is the time when California sea lions and Brandt’s cormorants battle for control of the Monterey Breakwater. The breakwater is a favored hauling-out hangout for male sea lions during most of the year, but in the spring, Brandt’s cormorants gather for … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | lacicantmosh: lostincape-town: fencehopping: Coral: flowers...
lacicantmosh: lostincape-town: fencehopping: Coral: flowers of the ocean. Holy shit This makes me uneasy Noms time!

March 28, 2014

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10:04 PM | EU Considers Ban on Dogfish
Last week the European Union considered a petition to ban on all products made from spiny dogfish.  The petition, put forward by the representative from Germany, would have banned trade of all spiny dogfish products, and barring that called for … Continue reading →
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3:15 PM | Our Six Favorite Terrifying and Amazing Sea Life Feeding Strategies
This month's group post is an expose of our favorite feeding strategies in the s...
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2:33 PM | Calving Season Drawing to a Close
As the end of March approaches, the few right whales that remain down on the calving ground off Florida and Georgia begin heading north along the coast to their feeding grounds off Massachusetts. Southern survey teams (FWC, GDNR, the Marineland Right Whale Project, Sea-to-Shore Alliance, UNCW, and others) report a relatively quiet season this year with only 50-60 whales seen and 10 calves
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8:50 AM | Merri Marine Sanctuary, a local protected area with some serious crays
Over the summer, I helped out on the Marine Summer Ranger program that Parks Victoria run across their land and marine parks. Locally, where in live in Warrnambool on the south west coast, the program involved rockpool rambles in the Merri Marine Sanctuary. This is an area that, from anecdotal reports, was close to being […]
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8:00 AM | griseus: Which marine mammals dive the deepest? A new...
griseus: Which marine mammals dive the deepest? A new long-term study of elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale shows they can dive to nearly 3,000m (10,000 feet) while a second stayed down for 138 minutes. awesome Reference (Open Access) : Schorr et al 2014 First Long-Term Behavioral Records from Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (Ziphius cavirostris) Reveal Record-Breaking Dives. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92633. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092633
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12:00 AM | earthhour: This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how...
earthhour: This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how you’re being a Superhero for the Planet on Instagram! Take a picture of your action, whether you’re cleaning up a beach, taking public transport, planting a tree, cycling for life or taking part in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29 at 8:30PM. Don’t forget to use the hash-tags #EarthHour #YourPower and #SpiderMan and share your location! Use Your Power to change the world we live in. Images via @ews_wwf, […]

March 27, 2014

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7:27 PM | Beaufort NOAA Lab Builds Community: It would be a huge loss to say goodbye
Hopefully many of our faithful readers have seen the sad announcement that the NOAA lab in Beaufort, NC may be no more. The main reason cited for the potential closure is financial – the cost of maintaining an aging building. Our friends over at the fisheries blog have written a sound debunking of this reasoning, […]
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11:44 AM | Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape...
Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape around Coron airport
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11:40 AM | Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
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8:00 AM | Dive shop art. Coron, Palawan
Dive shop art. Coron, Palawan
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7:11 AM | 46. Sentinel
After some weeks away, I went back recently to a site described earlier on this website, where two Black-Lined Sleeper Gobies, (Valenciennea helsdingenii) have been building and tending a network of dens and towers off the coast of Sydney. Here’s … Continue reading →
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5:17 AM | Echinoblog Travelog: Japan: the things I will miss.... Pt. 5 (final)
Just got back from Japan and the 15 hour flight just wiped me out... so today is pictures!                                         See-through starfish! (Anseropoda petaloides) Densenman! Matching Socks!Sweets! but not chocolate or the usual western types...Nakano Broadway... and some of its unique and interesting goods... (cleared and stained fish skeletons for […]
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3:38 AM | Amazing close-up video of Great Barrier Reef animals
Daniel Stoupin’s message is simple: Please care for the Great Barrier Reef. His film, on the other hand, shows the incredible complexity of the animals that live there. This video has left me completely in awe. Below, I’ve tried to provide information of the animals featured in the video. In some cases, I don’t know. For […]
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3:38 AM | Amazing close-up video of Great Barrier Reef animals
Daniel Stoupin’s message is simple: Please care for the Great Barrier Reef. His film, on the other hand, shows the incredible complexity of the animals that live there. This video has left me completely in awe. Below, I’ve tried to provide information of the animals featured in the video. In some cases, I don’t know. For […]
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2:31 AM | Recent and future impacts of ocean warming on marine biodiversity
I am a (relatively junior) member of an NCEAS/NSF funded international working group that is assessing how climate change is affecting ocean ecosystems.  Today, we published our third major paper (in Nature; Burrows et al. 2014), that predicts how ocean warming will affect global patterns of Biodiversity. Read a nice non-technical summary here and a nice summary […]

March 26, 2014

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9:04 PM | Bacteria on Whale Skin Tell a Tale of Health and Sickness
[php]Whales swimming in the ocean are never really alone. Even if one swims by itself with no other whales for miles around, it still has company—the tiny microbes that live on its skin. For a long time, these microbes went unnoticed or ignored. What scientists knew about skin microbes on whales was limited to studies on stranded or deceased animals, and virtually nothing was known about the microbes residing on healthy, free-ranging whales. But as links are now emerging between the […]
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4:48 PM | Sending in the reinforcements! SEANET gets help!
Normally, lean, mean SEANET gets by with a skeleton crew of 2 working a total of a few hours a week. We manage to get a lot done, but some of the work does pile up. We are therefore very relieved to have help this semester. Grad student Marissa Jenko has joined us as work […]
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1:08 PM | No, harassing a shark for fun is not ethically equivalent to scientific research that helps conserve a species
Last month, I wrote an article for Scientific American that I shouldn’t have had to write. In it, I argued that riding, poking, prodding or otherwise harassing a free-swimming large predatory animal for fun is a bad idea. I do mean “argued;” believe it or not, there are people who strongly disagree with me. In my […]
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3:34 AM | Mystery of Missing flight 370
Someone please explain why the proposed crash site is about the same distance but in the opposite direction to its destination.
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1:00 AM | The Floating Rocks of the South Pacific
In the South Pacific world building occurs every day.  From beneath the ocean’s depths active submarine volcanoes eject molten lava and sulfuric gases well above sea level.  South of the Solomon Islands, the 8-kilometer diameter submarine volcano Kavachi ejected lava 70 meters (230 feet) into the air.  In 2003 the volcano, named after a sea […]
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1:00 AM | The Floating Rocks of the South Pacific
In the South Pacific world building occurs every day.  From beneath the ocean’s depths active submarine volcanoes eject molten lava and sulfuric gases well above sea level.  South of the Solomon Islands, the 8-kilometer diameter submarine volcano Kavachi ejected lava 70 meters (230 feet) into the air.  In 2003 the volcano, named after a sea […]
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12:00 AM | biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus...
biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus an illustration from Encyclopedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, illustrations are still being produced with monstrously incorrect proportions; and in fact, the general outline seems like it would be more appropriate for a Humpback Whale.
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