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As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond

Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest Taylor Shellfish Farm’s Quilcene hatchery perches on a narrow peninsula that juts into the sinuous waterways of Washington’s Puget Sound. On the July day I visited, the hatchery and everything surrounding it seemed to drip with fecundity. Clouds banked over darkly forested hills on the opposite […]

Alaska ferry to host long-distance ocean acidification study (audio)

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Columbia will be part of an international science experiment starting this fall when it resumes its weekly run between Bellingham, Wash., and Southeast Alaska. Equipment has been installed to continuously measure the ocean’s acidity along the ferry’s nearly 2,000-mile route. Show More Summary

Variable metabolic responses of Skagerrak invertebrates to low O2 and high CO2 scenarios

Coastal hypoxia is a problem that is predicted to increase rapidly in the future. At the same time we are facing rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, which are increasing the pCO2 and acidity of coastal waters. These two drivers are well studied in isolation however; the coupling of low O2 and pH is likely to provide […]

9-18-17 It Rained!

Monday, September 18th...last night (Sunday) it rained...and this time it was more than just a sprinkle......this afternoon Southern Residents showed up in Puget Sound!...was it the rain that caused salmon to move in and therefore the...Show More Summary

A very happy 25th birthday to Monterey Bay National Marine...

A very happy 25th birthday to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Here’s to a quarter century of animals and habitats protected, invaluable research to grow our understanding of the sea, and countless ocean-lovers enjoying this beautiful blue park that we’re lucky to call home. ?????

Divergent responses in growth and nutritional quality of coastal macroalgae to the combination of increased pCO2 and nutrients

Highlights Growth rates and tissue quality of two common macroalgal species were assessed under conditions of high pCO2 and nutrient loading under monoculture and biculture. Ephemeral macroalgae exhibited significant increases in growth under high pCO2 and high nutrients. Show More Summary

Microbiome dynamics in early life stages of the scleractinian coral Acropora gemmifera in response to elevated pCO2

Reef-building corals are complex holobionts, harbouring diverse microorganisms that play essential roles in maintaining coral health. However, microbiome development in early life stages of corals remains poorly understood. Here, microbiomes...Show More Summary

There’s one more snowy plover chirping on the beaches of...

There’s one more snowy plover chirping on the beaches of California—our last rescued plover chick of the season was just released back into the wild!

Slick surfgrass makes for mermaid hair at low tide: the...

Slick surfgrass makes for mermaid hair at low tide: the preferred coiffure of the Phyllospadix-ie Chicks. 

Prickly Dogfish

oceanportal: This shark might be called a dogfish, but the fuzzy-looking stuff on its body isn’t fur. Instead, it earned the moniker “prickly” for its highly textured, bristly skin. It also has a distinctive body shape, being especially tall from belly to back and sporting not one but two large dorsal fins. Show More Summary

When you switch from plastic to a reusable water bottle,...

When you switch from plastic to a reusable water bottle, you’ve made yourself an adventure buddy. Scratches, bumps and stickers become memories of your plastic-free journey. Anyone have a water bottle they’d like to introduce? Find out how your hydration companion is helping the ocean’s inhabitants at www.ourhands.org.

That feeling when you’re trying to decide which spot on...

That feeling when you’re trying to decide which spot on a sunny log to take a nap on. Decisions, decisions. ????????

9-13-17 Spectacular From A Distance

Wednesday, September 13th...when I learned that the whales were coming down San Juan Channel...well, I had to head that way...it isn't common to see them coming down and exiting Cattle Pass...I wasn't going to miss it!...it's not uncommon...Show More Summary

Just like this one-spot fringehead, you too can make sure the...

Just like this one-spot fringehead, you too can make sure the coast is clear: tomorrow is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Find a cleanup near you!

npr: Snot otter. Lasagna lizard.Pick your favorite nickname for...

npr: Snot otter. Lasagna lizard. Pick your favorite nickname for the Eastern hellbender salamander. They’re the color of mud, and they can grow up to 2 feet long. People call them snot otters because they’re covered in a layer of slippery mucus. Show More Summary

The Writings on the Sea-Wall: Ocean Art by Bryan Helfand

As science communicators, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to translate the ramblings of the ivory tower into a relatable and accessible public dialogue. In my experience, our strongest ally in this endeavor lies in the artists, musicians, and storytellers within our communities. “The Writing on the Sea-Wall” series seeks to highlight the […]

Effect of CO2 on growth and toxicity of Alexandrium tamarense from the East China Sea, a major producer of paralytic shellfish toxins

Highlights Strain of Alexandrium tamarense isolated from East China Seas, showed a significant response to elevated CO2 levels in growth and toxicity. Strain ATDH grew faster and showed a larger density when exposed to elevated CO2 concentration, especially in the exponential period. The concentration per cell of each PST derivate varied and eventually caused the […]

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