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Greatest mass extinction driven by acidic oceans, study finds

Changes to the Earth’s oceans, caused by extreme volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time, a study suggests. The event, which took place 252 million years ago, wiped out more than 90 per cent of marine species and more than two-thirds of the animals living on land. It happened when Earth’s oceans absorbed […]

Seminar: “Trans-generational effects of ocean acidification on marine molluscs”, May 2015, UC Davis, California

A seminar on the effects of ocean acidification manifested in the genetic inheritance in marine mollusks will be organized at the University of California Davis within the framework of the Bay Area Science Festival. Date, time & location: Wednesday, 5 May 2015, 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, 2099 Westside Rd, […]

Acid oceans cited in Earth’s worst die-off

The Permian mass extinction, 250 million years ago, was the worst in Earth’s history, killing off some 90% of living species. A team of European geoscientists has found the most direct evidence yet that ocean acidification was a major part of the die-off. Scientists have long suspected that volcanoes dumped trillions of tons of carbon […]

Ocean acidification and the Permo-Triassic mass extinction

Ocean acidification triggered by Siberian Trap volcanism was a possible kill mechanism for the Permo-Triassic Boundary mass extinction, but direct evidence for an acidification event is lacking. We present a high-resolution seawater pH record across this interval, using boron isotope data combined with a quantitative modeling approach. Show More Summary

4-8-15 T49As Playing With Crab Trap Buoys

Wednesday afternoon, April 8th...the T49As who we had seen a couple days ago over near Anacortes, showed up today over on the Canadian side near Sidney......so after we left the J16s, on Maya's Westside Charters, we headed over to see...Show More Summary

It’s a penguin parade! Our African blackfooted penguins...

It’s a penguin parade! Our African blackfooted penguins waddle and wander through the Aquarium on occasional outings our staff designs to keep these inquisitive animals happy and healthy. Watch our live penguin cam Learn more about this endangered species

Blubberin’ Jellies!There’s a lot that’s fabulous about blubber...

Blubberin’ Jellies! There’s a lot that’s fabulous about blubber jellies (Catostylus mosaicus). They’re perfectly named. “Blubber” accurately describes these bulbous jellies that look like they’re made of dense squishy stuff. They’re colorful. Show More Summary

Meet a very special bird in our latest “Aquarium of the...

Meet a very special bird in our latest “Aquarium of the Air” podcast!? Our Makana is the only Laysan albatross at any aquarium or zoo in the world. A permanent wing injury means she can’t fly or survive on her own, but since her arrival at the Aquarium in 2006 she’s been a great ambassador for her kin in the wild. Listen to the podcast

It’s easy to make friends in the Kelp Forest. Just bring food!...

It’s easy to make friends in the Kelp Forest. Just bring food! Watch our volunteer diversring the dinner bell every day on our live cam, at 11:30 am and 4 pm!  Check out our Kelp Cam!

Puget Sound restoration fund awarded $1.5 million grant

The Puget Sound Restoration Fund has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to investigate seaweed cultivation as a potential strategy for mitigating ocean acidification. The initiative, Cultivating Seaweeds in Puget Sound to Protect Shellfish and other sensitive species from Ocean Acidification, will be led by Dr. Jonathan (Joth) […]

Detecting changes in marine responses to ENSO from 850 to 2100 C.E.: Insights from the ocean carbon cycle

It is open whether El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) varies under climate change and how potential changes in the marine system are detectable. Here differences in the influence of ENSO on biogeochemical tracers, pH, productivity, and ocean temperature are analyzed in a continuous 850–2100 Common Era (C.E.) simulation with the Community Earth System Model. The modeled […]

4-8-15 Taking Their Time Wherever They Went

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8th Tuesday, April 7th...8:00 a.m. - 'click-click-click' came over the Orca Sound hydrophones loud and clear - whales!...Lime Kiln hydrophones had been down since 11:30 last night, so who was here and which...Show More Summary

Given the choice, corals would prefer oil to dispersant

Just near 6 million liters of oil spilled out of Macondo well in 2010, about 6 supertankers worth of oil. The ramifications of the oil spill are still being documented and far reaching but included aberrant protein expression in fish gills, altered bacterial communities, and a whole suite nastiness in dolphins. At three different sites […]

Malacology Monthly: Pilot Episode

Like seashells but are sick of social media?  Hate Facebook but need a hearty dose of marine invertebrates?  Want a bigger malacological meal rather than tiny tidbits of mollusk-based science? Do not worry, you can get all of the “Malacology Monday” posts from the Deep Sea News Facebook page right here on the official DSN […]

Want to sleep with the fishes and spend the night next to your...

Want to sleep with the fishes and spend the night next to your favorite exhibit? Join us April 17 for a Seashore Sleepover – packed with fun evening activities, a bedtime snack and a late night nature movie. Learn more and reserve your space!

Good things come to those who wait–like jellies!...

Good things come to those who wait–like jellies! We’ve been raising purple-striped jellies behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae larvae to these elegant adults now on exhibit. Learn more

4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, Tasmania, Australia, 3-6 May 2016

The 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, from 3 to 6 May 2016. The Hobart symposium will build on the three previous symposia and will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere. The Symposium will offer […]

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