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#119992
2019-02-18

Great Barrier Reef coral at risk of bleaching from Queensland flood waters

Freshwater bleaching of corals could occur this year as a result of flood waters from Queensland’s overflowing rivers pouring into the Great Barrier Reef, the marine park authority has warned.

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#119975
2019-02-15

Sur la Côte Bleue, la faune marine reprend ses droits

Le parc marin de la Côte Bleue, à quelques milles de Marseille, fait partie des dix sites français inscrits sur la « liste verte » de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature.

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#119904
2019-02-12

Researchers show that tropical reefs can host coral or seaweed communities under the same conditions

Tropical reefs are vulnerable ecosystems, sensitive to a variety of environmental conditions and disturbances, which can change their composition from vibrant coral reefs to vast fields of seaweed or barren rubble.

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#119871
2019-02-08

Sea change: time to stop eating fish

Fish are in trouble. It seems that every week we hear warnings about drastically reduced populations in numerous species. And did you catch the disturbing story about UK fish and chip shops serving up endangered species to unwitting customers?

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#119812
2019-02-06

Netherlands puzzles over death of estimated 20,000 guillemots

Scientists are scrambling to understand the sudden death of an estimated 20,000 guillemots off the Dutch coast, hundreds of which are washing up on the country’s shoreline.

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#119744
2019-02-04

Incredibly Rare Footage Shows a Newborn Humpback Whale Less Than 20 Minutes After Birth

A researcher studying whales and dolphins was treated to an extremely rare sight in January: a baby humpback whale swimming with its mum, less than 20 minutes after being born.

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#119723
2019-02-01

Mixing it up in the web of life

Many types of marine plankton are either animal-like or plant-like. But a huge number are both, and they are upending ideas about ocean ecology.

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#119725
2019-02-01

Importance to planet of saving wetlands highlighted

The power of the planet’s most effective carbon sinks - wetlands - can and must be better harnessed in national and global efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, says the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as it marks World Wetlands Day tomorrow.

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#119694
2019-01-31

An 'Unprecedented' Epidemic Is Wiping Out The West Coast's Sea Stars

In 2013, marine scientists witnessed a real-life, aquatic version of Contagion. Over the summer, divers in Monterrey, California were treated to a horror scene of sea stars with limbs torn asunder and bodies disintegrating. Soon, major aquariums up and down the West Coast reported their sea star ...

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#119674
2019-01-30

Valuing our marine resources

Our oceans are linked intrinsically to the health of our planet. The sea sequesters much of the carbon dioxide that we have released into the atmosphere, thereby slowing global warming.

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#119657
2019-01-29

How Are People Going To Save The Oceans of The World?

Did you know that on June 8, 2019, the world will be celebrating World Oceans Day? Did you also know that 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by oceans? If you didn't know, you should be thanking me right now. Without the oceans right now you and I might be nonexistent. Every living thing on t ...

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#119667
2019-01-29

The world's shellfish are under threat as our oceans become more acidic

For the past few million years the world's oceans have existed in a slightly alkaline state, with an average pH of 8.2. Now, with carbon emissions escalating, there is more CO₂ in the world's atmosphere. This dissolves in the oceans, altering the chemistry of the seawater by lowering the pH and ...

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#119640
2019-01-28

Beneath The Waves: A Game-Changer To Shark Science In The Caribbean

While most people in the northern hemisphere are blanketed under snow and actual blankets, Beneath the Waves is outside and on the waters of the Caribbean, helping make their vision come true: oceans that have thriving shark populations.

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#119641
2019-01-28

Helping our ocean’s gentle, shy and harmless giant

Did you know that turtles belong to one of the oldest reptile groups in the world? Did you also know marine turtles actually swam with the dinosaurs millions of years ago?

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#119582
2019-01-25

Where Scallops Dwell

I'm not sure many of us ever consider a scallop’s origin as its white and orange meat sits, neatly presented on its open shell over crushed ice, at the fish-counter. Nor do we give much thought to how it was taken from the sea, or perhaps even at what cost.

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#119560
2019-01-24

Coral species struggle when they’re alone

The effective extinction of many coral species may be weakening reef systems and siphoning life out of the corals that remain, US researchers warn.

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#119547
2019-01-23

Quintana Roo’s coral reefs in state of alert

Specialists seek to reverse the massive death of corals with a special treatment against the disease known as “white syndrome”, which could bring a highly negative impact in the local and regional economy in the medium term.

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#119548
2019-01-23

Australian scientists evaluate health of world's biggest coral reef

An extensive study into the health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is underway this month, with a 25-day data collecting journey canvassing bleach affected parts of the reef not observed since 2016.

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#119532
2019-01-22

Coastal seas around New Zealand are heading into a marine heatwave, again

As New Zealanders are enjoying their days at the beach, unusually warm ocean temperatures look to be a harbinger of another marine heatwave.

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#119533
2019-01-22

Antarctic krill population contracts southward as polar oceans warm

The population of Antarctic krill, the favourite food of many whales, penguins, fish and seals, shifted southward during a recent period of warming in their key habitat, new research shows.

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#119523
2019-01-21

These corals love the warming oceans

Ocean temperatures have risen an average of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, threatening many of the world’s coral reefs

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#119503
2019-01-18

Divers Discovered an Enormous Great White Shark Off the Coast of Hawaii

Diving off the coast of Hawaii, divers encountered a massive, 20-foot female great white shark, believed to be one of the biggest on record, Agence France-Presse reports.

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#119505
2019-01-18

We now know whats at the bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole and it’s depressing

Belize’s Blue Hole is an instantly recognisable wonder of the natural world. It’s the world’s largest sinkhole and is located on the Mesoamerican Reef – the second largest barrier reef network in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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#119506
2019-01-18

2018's Award-Winning Ocean Art Photos Will Transport You To Another Planet

In the sapphire-to-stygian waters that cover 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, fish school in iridescent sheets, whales sing mournful tunes, and jellyfish bloom like wildflowers. The ocean is a teeming mystery that most of us rarely dip our toes in.

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#119510
2019-01-18

Is it a girl?

A newborn calf spotted among a population of critically endangered killer whales will survive into maturity, scientists say. Researchers are hoping that the juvenile whale is a female, as this will give the group the best chance of producing more offspring.

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#119470
2019-01-17

Protecting the biodiversity of Colombia's unique wetlands

When the river Magdalena in Colombia bursts its banks the water flows into a ciénaga, a unique wetland bursting with invaluable biodiversity. Today, climate change has put this under threat.

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#119406
2019-01-16

The Bahamas’ iconic conch could soon disappear

When you're a conc, mating is better in a group. In fact, it’s the only way it works. These slow-moving Caribbean sea slugs carry heavy pink and orange shells, which make chasing down mates cumbersome. To be successful, a mating ground must have some 50 or more conchs spawning at once.

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#119426
2019-01-16

Whales share songs from other oceans

New research suggests that humpback whale populations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans are picking up musical ideas from one another, and incorporating the new phrases and themes into their songs.

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#119382
2019-01-15

Coral Microbiomes Offer Clues for Resilience and Conservation

Some coral species might be better equipped to adapt to a warmer, more acidic ocean. Finding out which ones, and why, could be the key to saving reefs around the world.

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#119357
2019-01-14

Massive Drought Leaves Over One Million Dead Fish Carcasses Reeking And Rotting In 'Major Ecological Event

Drought has killed up to one million fish in Australia, leaving the country’s government grappling with how to deal with what have been described as apocalyptic scenes. Rotten fish are lining the banks of the Murray-Darling Basin in New South Wales, with the regional government saying that the s ...

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#119334
2019-01-11

The world's oceans are warming faster than predicted

The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is damaging marine life, scientists said on Thursday.

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#119325
2019-01-10

‘Spineless’—What Jellyfish Can Teach Us About the Oceans’ Future

As human industry belches out more carbon dioxide, the chemistry of our oceans is changing. The resulting acidification is endangering coral reefs and the myriad creatures that depend on them. Science writer and one-time ocean researcher Juli Berwald wondered how ocean acidification affects jell ...

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#119326
2019-01-10

Humpback Whales Plagiarize the Tunes of Other Whales (Even Oceans Away)

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) aren't just talented singers, they learn and steal each other's' songs. And, according to a new study, they can pull off those musical thefts even when there are whole continents separating them from their targets.

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#119327
2019-01-10

As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions

In September 2014, William Precht received an alarming phone call. “I’m seeing something funky out on the reef,” a colleague reported. “It looks like disease.”

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#119301
2019-01-09

Keeping a Watch on Seaweeds: The Forests of the World’s Coasts

Macroalgal assemblages are highly productive and biodiverse ecosystems providing important functions and services, including provision of nursery areas, human food resources, and protection from coastal erosion.

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#119290
2019-01-08

It's Not Just Us: Corals Also Thrive Best in Diverse Company

From a young age, marine ecologist Cody Clements knew he wanted to dedicate his life to studying coral reefs. But he never imagined his graduate career would require so many soda bottles.

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#119295
2019-01-08

Why more female penguins are washing up dead in South America

Every year, thousands of penguins become stranded on South America's coast - with females three times more likely to wash up dead or injured than males.

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#119270
2019-01-07

There's One Vast, Ancient Swathe of Ocean That's Actually Getting Colder

In the depths of the Pacific Ocean, where the water runs cold dark and cold, temperatures are continuing to fall - and it's all because of a period of significant cooling that began in the 16th century.

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#119273
2019-01-07

Jellyfish sting more than 5,000 holidaymakers on Queensland's coast

More than 5,000 people were stung by bluebottles on Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine coasts over the weekend as weather drove a wall of jellyfish onto the shore.

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#119279
2019-01-07

Fate of corals hangs in the balance

In November 2018, a new coral reef communication effort involving inter-governmental organizations, international conservation organizations, and private foundations was announced at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Egypt to send a message about the need for bold leadership to save cora ...

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#119247
2019-01-04

Waiting for Whale: How Airoli's Biodiversity Centre is Creating An Abode for Marine Creatures

The remains of one blue whale rest in the open ground of the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli. The forest range officials of the biodiversity centre are trying hard to not only preserve the diverse history of marine life in this region but also building a museum that will give a ...

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#119235
2019-01-03

Fate of corals hangs in the balance

In November 2018, a new coral reef communication effort involving inter-governmental organizations, international conservation organizations, and private foundations was announced at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Egypt to send a message about the need for bold leadership to save cora ...

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#119159
2018-12-21

The freshwater biodiversity crisis

The 2018 Living Planet Index (LPI) (1) shows that populations of freshwater species have declined by an average of 83% since 1970, a far steeper drop than for terrestrial or marine species. Extinction rates for freshwater species are also exceptionally high (2).

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#119181
2018-12-21

Measuring individual argon atoms helps in understanding ocean ventilation

The age of the water in the world's oceans is critical for understanding ocean circulation, especially for the transport of gases from the atmosphere into the deep ocean. Researchers from Heidelberg University recently used an atomic physics technique they developed to determine the age of deep ...

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#119113
2018-12-19

To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Miles

A new study demonstrates that assisted reproduction using cryopreserved sperm leads to offspring that might be more resilient in the face of climate change.

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#119114
2018-12-19

Shark fins belong on sharks, not in trophy rooms or soup

Sharks are the apex predator of the ocean — they are at the top of the food chain, prey to no other animal in the water. Their size, strength and, of course, their teeth make them the quintessential movie monsters. In real life, they regularly get screen time on TV news when they maim or kill a ...

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#119115
2018-12-19

Tasmanian researchers discover new corals in dense 'underwater garden' on ocean mountains

An "underwater garden" with more than 100 unnamed species of corals, lobsters and molluscs has been discovered on undersea mountains south of Tasmania.

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#119083
2018-12-18

A Blueprint For Blue Waters Read more from Asian Scientist

Singapore may be known as a concrete jungle, but a group of marine scientists wants to draw attention to the blue waters surrounding the ‘little red dot’. In the third Singapore Blue Plan, launched on October 13, 2018, the group highlights the state of Singapore’s coastal environment and outline ...

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#119085
2018-12-18

The Great Barrier Reef's Secret Climate Change Weapon Is This Switzerland-Sized Meadow Of Seagrass

Tourists frequently flock to Lizard Island, off the northeastern coast of Australia, to marvel the Great Barrier Reef. Among the dugongs, sea turtles, and jewel-toned corals, though, there’s another organism that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves: seagrass.

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#119066
2018-12-17

Dutch build artificial islands to bring wildlife back

Dutch ranger Andre Donker sighs as he looks out at the rippling grey waters of the Markermeer, one of Europe's largest freshwater lakes. "Once upon a time it was teeming with fish here," he says.

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