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URL :http://na.oceana.org/en/blog
Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
Posts on Regator:2295
Posts / Week:6.5
Archived Since:March 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Exploring Marine Snow: A Nutritious and Vital Type of Snowfall for the Deep Sea

A jellyfish drifting in marine snow off the Barkley Canyon. (Photo: Neptune Canada / Flickr Creative Commons) Snow: Aside from it being beautiful and peaceful, it’s widely celebrated by children and adults alike for building snowmen,...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Seafood Fraud Cases Declining with Staff Cuts, Settlement Reached for Arctic Drilling Violations, and More

Tug boats pulling the Kulluk drilling rig after it ran aground near Kodiak Island. The company operating the Kulluk and another oil rig in 2012 has been fined for safety violations. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos /...Show More Summary

Bycatch on the Menu at This Foodie Hotspot in New Orleans

Scorpion fish being served at Carmo, a restaurant in New Orleans. (Photo: Specialus) In an attempt to highlight the issue of bycatch and change the general public's opinions on often underappreciated fish, some chefs are serving-up bycatch at their restaurants. read more

Ocean Roundup: Some Baby Coral Can Adapt to Ocean Acidification, Electric Eels Stun Prey with Electric Discharge, and More

Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). New research shows baby staghorn coral may be able to adapt to acidic conditions. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) - New research on baby corals showsShow More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Most Distinct Humpback Whale Population Discovered, Sea Turtle Fossils Discovered in Australia, and More

A humpback whale. The humpback whale population in the Arabian Sea was discovered to be the most genetically unique. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists have found that humpback whales in the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct in the world. Show More Summary

During Corals Week, a Look at the Value of Coral Reef Ecosystems (Photos)

Coral in the Gulf of Mexico, pictured during a 2010 Gulf of Mexico expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) You’ve probably encountered coral reefs in some form—whether that’s diving with them in tropical waters or seeing them depicted in movies, like Finding Nemo. Show More Summary

Steller Sea Lion Protections Weakened with New Fisheries Ruling

A Steller sea lion bull on Agattu Island at the western end of the Aleutian Islands. (Photo: Anne Morkill, images.fws.gov via Wikimedia Commons) Late last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule that weakens protections for the endangered western population of Steller sea lions. read more

Elusive, Haunting Black Sea Devil Caught on Camera for First Time

A screenshot of the black sea devil caught on film by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. (Photo: MBARI / YouTube) The dark, cold deep sea is home to a vast amount of creatures that seem like something out of...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Mechanisms behind Pufferfish Inflation Discovered, Critical Habitat Proposed for Ringed Seals, and More

The black saddled pufferfish (Canthigaster valentini). (Photo: Cliff / WikiMedia Commons) - New research shows that healthy coral reef systems are actually quite noisy, but are quieting down after damage from acidification, harmful fishing practices, pollution, and more. Show More Summary

CEO Note: Simon Sidamon-Eristoff Becomes Chairman of Oceana’s Board

The new chairman of Oceana’s board of directors, Simon Sidamon-Eristoff, and new vice chair, Valarie Van Cleave, are pictured at an Oceana event in 2012. (Photo: Carla Rhea) I am writing to you to introduce our new chairman for Oceana’s...Show More Summary

Humpback Whales’ Scars Help Explain their Migratory Patterns, Study Finds

Scars on humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) flukes. (Photo: Jeff Li / Flickr Creative Commons) In the Southern Hemisphere, humpback whales migrate between feeding grounds around Antarctica to breeding grounds in tropical waters,...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Male Galápagos Sea Lions Take More Time to Raise, Cosmetic Contaminants Found in Antarctica, and More

A Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pup. (Photo: Scott Ableman / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists say that chemicals in soaps, lotions, sunscreen, and other fragrances have made it to Antarctic waters. The scientists also...Show More Summary

Shell’s Lawsuit against Environmental Groups Declared Unconstitutional by Appeals Court

Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig is towed from Kiliuda Bay after running aground in December 2012. (Photo: U.S. Pacific Command / Flickr Creative Commons) Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court rejected...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: More Orcas Converging near Puget Sound, Hawaii’s Coral Reef Ecosystems Found in Poor Condition, and More

Offshore orcas have been moving towards the Puget Sound. (Photo: Miles Ritter / Flickr Creative Commons) - Recently, “exotic orcas”—orcas that are typically found off California’s continental shelf—have been converging in unusually high numbers in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Show More Summary

Exploring Spectacular Sea Urchins: A Look at the Diversity of These Marine Invertebrates (Photos)

Stony sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus), pictured Spain during an Oceana Ranger Atlantic Cantabric Expedition in 2008. (Photo: Oceana / Sergio Gosálvez) Sea urchins—related to sea stars, sea cucumbers, and more—may appear as alien-like creatures with their numberous spines and vibrant colors. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Nearly 1,000 Sea Turtles Strand off Cape Cod, Suez Canal Expansion Poses Environmental Risks, and More

A nesting Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Nearly 1,000 sea turtles, most of them Kemp’s ridleys, stranded off Cape Cod over the past month. (Photo: National Park Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) - Scientists are sounding the...Show More Summary

ICCAT Moves to Properly Manage Bluefin Tuna, but Doesn’t Take Action for Sharks and Swordfish

Bluefin tuna (Thynnus thynnus), pictured an Oceana Marviva Med Mediterranean Expedition in 2008. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen) Earlier this month, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded...Show More Summary

Sea Turtles Can Get the Bends after Capture in Fishing Gear, Says New Study

A loggerhead sea turtle caught on a longline in the Mediterranean. New research shows sea turtles can get “the bends” after being caught in fishing gear. (Photo: Oceana / Mar Mas) If you’re an avid scuba diver, you’re probably all too...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Fiddler Crabs Found Far North of Their Range, 500 Dead Sea Lions Discovered in Peru, and More

A fiddler crab (Uca pugnax). Fiddler crabs may be expanding their range northward from climate change. (Photo: b-cline / Flickr Creative Commons) - New 3D mapping around Antarctica found that sea ice surrounding Antarctica is thicker than thought. Show More Summary

Video: Watch the Incredible Migration of Thousands of Giant Spider Crabs in Australia

Spider crabs migrate across Port Phillip Bay in Australia. (Photo: Museum Victoria / YouTube) Australia is famous for its teeming, colorful biodiversity like sea turtles, giant clams, and coral, but it’s the Great Barrier Reef that often receives the most attention for its wildlife. Show More Summary

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