Thanks for joining us for Sea Otter Awareness Week 2016, everyone! Now it’s time for a nap.
noaasanctuaries: NOAA diver Dr. Steve Lonhart sizes up a hooded nudibranch in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Also known as the lion’s mane nudibranch, the hooded nudibranch sweeps its raised hood through the water to catch food, then contracts it to force the food into its mouth. Show More Summary
We’ve known since the 70’s that sea otters are keystones of the kelp community. Now we know that they’re also gardeners of the eelgrass!
sjbernhiselart: Print of my otter linocut that I created for the 2016 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, sold for the benefit of the San Francisco Center for the Book. This was printed yesterday by being run over by a 12 ton steamroller! I...Show More Summary
giffingsharks: Thresher Sharks literally whip their meals into submission! These strange sharks feed on a variety of small schooling fish, but because they have weak jaws and relatively small teeth, they’ve learned to resort to a rather unusual method for catching their prey. Show More Summary
Sea turtle rehab is a funny thing. Sometimes, we get lots of turtles. Then at other times, it slows down. For example: Sunday August 21st we got in 3 turtles; Kala, Spartacus, and Blaine. Then 4 weeks with no rescues. But that changed this week. Tuesday we rescued Monica from Islamorada and Wednesday we rescued […]
Sea otters often spin without dunking their limbs to keep their flippers and paws toasty.
Got that Friday feeling? Sea otters work seven days a week, keeping our nearshore ecosystems healthy by chomping on prey that would otherwise limit kelp forest and eelgrass ecosystems.
Whoa, what? It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week? OK, just gimme five more minutes…
Coral reefs have experienced a global decline due to overfishing, pollution, and warming oceans that are becoming increasingly acidic. To help halt and reverse this decline, interventions should be aimed at those threats reef experts and managers identify as most severe. Show More Summary
Water column measurements suggest shoaling of aragonite saturation depths (ASD) throughout the world oceans, due to increase in greenhouse gas concentration. Past records of aragonite saturation state under different climatic conditions are required to assess the impact of climatic changes on shoaling/deepening of ASD. Show More Summary
Ocean acidification and rising seawater temperature are environmental stressors resulting from the continuous increase of the atmospheric CO2 concentration due to anthropogenic activities. As a consequence, marine fish are expected to...Show More Summary
The ocean system is undergoing rapid and dramatic changes in response to global climatic and regional anthropogenic forcings. These drivers, including primarily temperature rise, intensified stratification, ocean acidification, eutrophication,...Show More Summary
High levels of carbon dioxide could impair the brain chemistry of fish, scientists found. Researchers from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found that increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the ocean alters the brain chemistry […]
Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea. At these locations volcanic carbon dioxide escapes from the seabed, lowering the water’s acidity to […]
“The ocean acts like a sponge, absorbing most of the extra heat caused by our greenhouse gases. And it’s been growing warmer and more acidic for decades now. In other words, the very chemistry of our oceans is changing, which is risking marine life and rippling all the way up the food chain … This […]
animals-animals-animals: Humpback Whales (by Richard Price)
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