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We don’t know the ocean

This is not the ocean: This is not the ocean: Indeed, even THIS is not the ocean: Before you start thinking that the folks at DSN are losing their marbles, bear with me!  The truth is that none of these three all-too-familiar and quintessentially marine images reflects the actual reality of what most of the […]

The rainbow-covered animal with a dark side

Watching animals eat is like my biology crack. I don’t need it, I don’t have to do it, I don’t even always like it, but there’s just something about critters noshing on one another that renders me wonderstruck. And nothing does it for me like the comb jelly Beroe: So let’s start with the obvious […]

Five Must-Know Facts about The Shrimp You Eat from Oceana’s Recent Report

(Photo: Oceana) As America’s favorite seafood, there’s a good chance you’ve consumed shrimp before, whether that be as shrimp salad, shrimp scampi, or battered coconut shrimp. And while all of those dishes are absolutely delicious, consumers don’t often realize what they’re getting when they order “shrimp.” read more

Ocean Roundup: Fatter Elephant Seals Are Better Swimmers, Queen Conch Not to Receive Protection under ESA, and More

Queen conchs will not be protected under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo: Daniel Neal / Flickr Creative Commons) - The National Marine Fisheries Service ruled not to list queen conch under the Endangered Species Act, which will allow groups to still import queen conch into the country (it’s been illegal to harvest in Florida waters for years). Show More Summary

Alkalinity production in intertidal sands intensified by lugworm bioirrigation

Porewater profiles and sediment-water fluxes of oxygen, nutrients, pH, calcium, alkalinity, and sulfide were measured in intertidal sandflat sediments from the Oosterschelde mesotidal lagoon (The Netherlands). The influence of bioturbation...Show More Summary

What do baseball and fishes have in common?

Here’s the third in our series of guest posts from California Academy of Sciences ichthyologist Dr. Luiz Rocha I am not going to lie to you, before moving to San Francisco I barely knew the rules of baseball. But during the mere three years that I have lived here, our local team (the Giants in […]

Ocean Roundup: California Sea Lions Eating Contaminated Mussels, Offshore Fracking Expanding in Gulf of Mexico, and More

California sea lions are said to be consuming contaminated shellfish. (Photo: phoca2004 / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research found that over half of vessels involved in the biggest oil spills over the past 30 years hail from nations that tend to not comply with international safety and environmental regulation standards. Show More Summary

Oceana Kicks off Launch in the Philippines with Conference on Rebuilding Fisheries

Oceana’s new vice president of Oceana Philippines atty. Gloria “Golly” Estenzo Ramos speaks at “The Road to Sustainable Fisheries Governance” conference. (Photo: Oceana) When you think of the Philippines, you likely think of its vibrant coral reefs, crystal-clear ocean water, and beautiful beaches. Show More Summary

2014 Blaise Pascal Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences to ocean acidification scientist

The Blaise Pascal Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences of the European Academy of Sciences ( has been awarded to Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (CNRS/UPMC), in recognition of his outstanding studies on ocean acidification. Show More Summary

Shell Blames Everyone But Itself in Request for Suspension of Arctic Leases

Shell's Kulluk oil drilling rig grounded in late 2012, 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photostream / Flickr Creative Commons) In a letter dated July 14, 2014, Shell appears to request...Show More Summary

Photos: What Kind of Shrimp Is Actually on Your Dinner Plate?

(Photo: Oceana) Who doesn’t love shrimp? Delicious on salads, sandwiches, and as a main dish, it’s no wonder that it’s the most commonly consumed seafood in the U.S., and the most traded seafood in the world. But, did you know that when...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: New Robot to Study Emperor Penguins, IPCC Sounds Alarm on Climate Change Inaction, and More

Emperor penguins in Antarctica. (Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists have invented a remote-controlled robotic emperor penguin, which resembles an emperor penguin chick, to help them better study emperor penguins in Antarctica. Show More Summary

The strait of Georgia is turning to acid, new research shows

“Some people call it the elephant in the room. I like to call it the blue whale in the pool,” scientist Brian Kingzett told a room of naturalists this week. He was talking about the dramatic rise in ocean acidity along the B.C. coast. As the Oceanside Star reports, Kingzett, field station manager for the […]

Acid Arctic Ocean and Russell Brand? (text & audio)

Is ocean acidification a term you are familiar with? If you are a regular Ice Blog reader, I would like to think you will be. But I am prompted to ask this question because the term came up during a discussion at a weekly evening class I attend, and I was flabbergasted that none of […]

Interaction of CO2 and light availability on photophysiology of tropical coccollitophorids

Three tropical coccolithophorids (Emiliania huxleyi, Gephyrocapsa oceanica and Ochosphaera sp) were grown at batch culture with CO2 system at two levels of CO2 (385 and 1000 ppm) and two different light dark periods. The aims of this study were 1) To determine calcification rate of three selected calcifying miroalgae (Emiliania huxleyi, Gepherocapsa oceanica and Ochospaera […]

Pathogenic challenge reveals immune trade-off in mussels exposed to reduced seawater pH and increased temperature

Ocean acidification (OA) and warming pose a considerable threat to marine ecosystems. Previous studies show that these environmental co-stressors significantly impact upon a number of key physiological functions, including calcification, metabolism and growth, in many marine organisms. Show More Summary

Is warmer better? Decreased oxidative damage in notothenioid fish after long-term acclimation to multiple stressors

Antarctic fish of the suborder Notothenioidei have evolved several unique adaptations to deal with subzero temperatures. However, these adaptations may come with physiological trade-offs, such as an increased susceptibility to oxidative damage. Show More Summary

These are a few of my favorite species: The Torpedo Ray

“Shields up! Phasers set to kill! Engage!” If the Pacific Torpedo Ray (Torpedo californica) had an inner dialogue whilst stalking delicious fishy snacks, I could imagine it would be something along these lines. In his literary masterpiece, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast,  Milton Love so rightly describes them as […]

11-1-14 Humpback Practicing Local Language?

Saturday, November 1st Just listen to this...too cool... It's all explained on the video....hope you enjoyed that as much as I did when I was awakened at 3:30 in the morning to all this!

Uncovering Shrimp Seafood Fraud: Diaries from the Field, Part One

(Photo: Rachel Golden) Yesterday, Oceana released a new report that uncovered widespread misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood: shrimp. The report found 30 percent of DNA-tested shrimp samples to be misrepresented—often mislabeled for another species or said to be wild caught when it was farmed—across more than 100 restaurants and grocery stores nationwide. read more

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