An extraordinary mission to save vaquita porpoises from extinction has got off to a promising start in the Gulf of California, where military dolphins are being used to help round up and capture the world’s rarest marine mammal and move them to a sanctuary. Read more
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It’s been over twenty years since we first started hearing alarming reports of lionfish being seen in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Originally from the Indo-Pacific it is not certain how they invaded the Atlantic, but once in waters where they have no natural predators, the lionfish population exploded and quickly became the most destructive invasive species in history. Read more
As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life.
SARASOTA (FOX 13) – Hurricane Irma’s winds drained waterways around Tampa Bay late this morning, even though the storm was 200 miles away. It happened so fast that some manatees were apparently caught off-guard, leading to at least one impromptu rescue.
We think we’re pretty familiar with hurricanes – strong winds, storm surge, flooding rains, ominous satellite images from space, and radar loops when they get near land. But what goes on at and below the ocean’s surface when a hurricane passes overhead? Quite a lot, actually! Read more
When it’s time for fun in the sun, lather up with sunscreen that is good for you AND the ocean. when you go to buy a sunscreen you are faced with the daunting prospect of choosing from hundreds of products lining your store’s shelves.
What makes your purchase even more complicated is that you have been told that not all sunscreens are created equal, false labeling is rampant and often misleading. So, what brands are safe for you …. Read more
It’s not every day you see a series of photos clearly documenting someone with a front end loader pushing industrial waste directly into the ocean without any care of secrecy or stealth. Photographer Stephen Mallon captured this series of pictures over three years to document the unusual methods that New York City uses to dispose of its subway cars, but before you jump to conclusions, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, because this dumping has a secret purpose! Read more
More than 30 new species of sea slugs, sea urchins and soft corals have been discovered in the Verde Island Passage, between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, Philippines proving the area’s significance as “the center of the center” of marine biodiversity in the world. Read more
It’s now been just over two years since we successfully deployed the world’s first finmount satellite tags on whale sharks in Cendrawasih Bay – and with one of these original tags still transmitting, it seems a perfect time to reflect on what we’ve learned of these magnificent animals since launching the tagging program in collaboration with the Cendrawasih Bay National Park Authority (BBTNTC), the State University of Papua (UNIPA) and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Read more
Yesterday, Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. Donald Trump — not all Americans. In fact, the majority of the U.S. wanted to remain in the accord. Politics aside, while nobody yet knows the true impact of this potentially fateful decision, scientists have already modeled a variety of detrimental repercussions from preventing a global temperature increase of 2 degrees. In some areas of the world, the effects of climate change are real and evident. Consider our ocean reef systems. Read more