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Whales Found to be Crucial for Healthy Ocean Ecosystems

Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus). (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Scott Portelli) In June, researchers found that whale poo is highly beneficial to marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean since it is rich in iron. Now, new findings show that whales’ contribution to the sea goes far beyond just their excrements.

'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz' Tells Us Why He Mattered

I didn't know Aaron Swartz, but I knew some of his friends -- and of course I knew all about his work. It was hard to be an online activist and not cross paths with him somewhere: Creative Commons, Demand Progress, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and so on. Show More Summary

Fish Could Lose Their Friends Thanks to Ocean Acidification

Tropical damselfish (Chromis viridis) (Photo: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble / Flickr Creative Commons) Climate change is going to leave some fish feeling very lonely in the coming years, as new research shows that increasing carbon dioxide levels prevent them from recognizing their friends.

Chilean Devil Ray Found to be One of Oceans' Deepest Divers

A devil ray from the Mobula genus, which include Chilean devil rays. (Photo: Matthew Paulson / Flickr Creative Commons) Last week, a new study revealed Chilean devil rays to be some of the oceans' deepest-divers, often taking dives deeper than a mile under the water's surface. Show More Summary

Ocean News: Japan Confirms Plans for 2015 Whale Hunt, Judge Says Seismic Research off New Jersey Can Continue, and More

A minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), one of the species caught during Japan’s whale hunt. (Photo: Tom Benson / Flickr Creative Commons) - Despite a ruling by the UN’s International Court of Justice to halt whaling practices, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed this week that its annual whale hunt will continue in 2015. Show More Summary

Number of Slain Environmental Activists Grew Over Past Decade, Report Finds

Protestors rally to protect the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. (Photo: Stephen Hass / Flickr Creative Commons) More people are standing up for their land, water, and other natural resources as they become increasingly exploited, but not without consequences. Show More Summary

Video: Disco Clam Lights up the Sea Floor

Disco Clam (Ctenoides ales). (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Jayvee Fernandez) The vast ocean can appear foreboding and intimidating, but one little bivalve is lighting things up on the seafloor. The appropriately-named “disco clam” is a small mollusk that’s able to flash an array of neon lights from its lips.

Tracking the Use of Your Images Online

I’ve spoken and written a fair old amount on the acquisition of citations and links through distributing images under a Creative Commons License. I wrote about the process we follow on the Meld and spoke about it at BrightonSEO and SearchLove...

Ocean News: Nicaragua Approves Massive Shipping Canal, Walking Fish Make Annual Appearance, and More

A female grunion depositing eggs during their annual spring run. (Photo: Sahadeva Hammari / Flickr Creative Commons) - Yesterday, Nicaragua approved a proposed route for a $40 billion shipping channel across the country that will compete with the Panama Canal. Show More Summary

Global Issue of Marine Plastics is Gathering Significant Media Attention

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nearing a plastic bag. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Bag Monster) From the straws in your fountain drink to the soles of our shoes, plastics are a part of our daily lives, and we’re surrounded by them without often realizing it. Show More Summary

Ocean News: Scientists Sound Alarm Over Shark Cull Program, Fabien Cousteau Returns from Underwater Mission, and More

A tiger shark (Galeocardo cuvier). (Photo: Willy Volk / Flickr Creative Commons) - An international group of 301 scientists submitted a letter to Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority expressing concern over the controversial shark cull program, saying it could effect the ecology of the oceans. Show More Summary

2 Stories, 2 External Services, 2 Lost, 2 Found

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by automat It’s not as much a spirit of web reclaiming as much as a preference for writing on the web that this my primary space. But is is a spirt of the way I like to understand web technology to try stuff. Show More Summary

Ocean News: National Aquarium Launches Sustainable Seafood Program, Seahorses Can Growl, and More

Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) around the Galapagos Islands. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Peter Liu Photography) - The National Aquarium launched a Sustainable Seafood Program earlier this week. The program will enhance seafood...Show More Summary

Another North Carolina Town Stands Up Against Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

A North Atlantic right whale swims off the Georgia coast, an endangered species that would be affected by seismic airgun testing. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) Kill Devil Hills, a small coastal town located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, has joined the mounting opposition towards seismic airgun blasting along the Atlantic Coast.

CEO Note: A Look at the Impressive Outcomes from Our Ocean Conference

The Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Photo: Island Conservation / Flickr Creative Commons) I wrote to you a few short weeks ago about our tremendous victory in Oceana’s campaign to stop seafood fraud — at the U.S. Show More Summary

Awesome Pulp Art Illustrations by Brett Parson

Brett Parson, an American artist, comes up with some super awesome pulp art illustrations. These are amazing, very creative. I just love the "dirty" feel on these, so common in Pulp magazines. Here you can see some of Brett's pieces....Show More Summary


Flickr Creative Commons: Travis Nep Smith Imagine you’re having a holiday dinner at home.  A tablecloth is spread.  Silverware is laid.  All is perfect until you knock over a glass of red wine.  What happens?  Quickly you spread open...Show More Summary

Photos: Spanish Supreme Court Approves Offshore Drilling around the Canary Islands

A male barred hogfish (Bodianus scrofa) pictured in Spain during a 2009 Ranger Expedition. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Carlos Suarez) Last week, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in favor of oil drilling in the Canary Islands. The...Show More Summary

Wylio Revamps Creative Commons Image Search

Wylio, a tool for finding and embedding Creative Commons photos, has launched version 3. Here's what's new. The post Wylio Revamps Creative Commons Image Search appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

Meet Sawfish: A Family of Unique Rays that Need Conservation Attention

A sawfish. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations) You may not have heard of sawfish, an incredibly unique looking family of rays. As a flat fish with a long toothed snout (rostrum) lined with teeth that looks like a saw, sawfish have earned their name. Show More Summary

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