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#111231
2016-12-04

Swallowing swimming pools: New sensory tags capture kinetics of lunge-feeding whales

Swimming 4 meters per second, a feeding blue whale swings open its jaws and, in four seconds, swallows 140 percent of its mass—a volume of water and krill the size of a big swimming pool or school bus.

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#111232
2016-12-04

Australia Boosts Spending to Keep Great Barrier Reef off "in Danger" List

The money will help with issues like water quality and ecosystem health, but activists say it's not enough

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#111189
2016-12-02

As Australian shipping grows, how can we avoid collisions with marine animals?

Australians also have a strong affinity with the ocean, as reflected in the growth in recreational boating and cruise shipping. But these numbers risk putting people on a collision course – literally – with whales, turtles and other marine life.

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#111165
2016-11-30

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef

Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

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#111140
2016-11-29

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

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#111091
2016-11-25

'Time to act': Damage to Great Barrier Reef worse than thought, surveys find

The government agency responsible for the Great Barrier Reef says urgent action is needed to save the world heritage site after yet-to-be-published surveys found the record coral bleaching damage earlier this year was even worse than initially thought.

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#111107
2016-11-25

800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy

Somewhere in the warm waters off the Florida Keys lives a fish named Sylvia. She is six feet long, friendly as a golden retriever—and a rarity.Fabien Cousteau named the distinctive Atlantic goliath grouper after famed ocean scientist Sylvia Earle when the curious fish and her larger companion re ...

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#111051
2016-11-24

Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

NORTH Atlantic deep-sea coral reefs found in Scottish waters are under threat from the impacts of climate change, according to a new study.Marine scientists at Edinburgh University’s school of geosciences have produced research warning that changes to winter weather conditions could threaten the ...

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#111059
2016-11-24

Dealing with a reef at risk

PANAJI: Grande Island with its coral reef and other biota has enriched and boosted the state's tourism profile dominated by beaches, churches and temples. Sadly, the island has not received due protection even as more threats to its marine ecology loom ahead due to increased development activity ...

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#111066
2016-11-24

Seaweed: marine life coming ashore

British seaweeds are among our most underrated resources and hugely important for the ecology of the seas, but they get nothing like the recognition that, say, a wild meadow or ancient woodland gets.

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#111011
2016-11-23

Most species-rich coral reefs are not necessarily protected

Coral reefs throughout the world are under threat. After studying the reefs in Malaysia, Zarinah Waheed concluded that there is room for improvement in coral reef conservation.

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#111012
2016-11-23

Aussies Consider Halting New Coal Mines to Protect Reefs

he Australian government has ambitious plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef, but it could do more, says a former government official. The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is calling for a halt on the construction of new coal mines in Australia to prevent fu ...

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#5615
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#110992
2016-11-22

Lives of whale sharks revealed: DNA left in the oceans is unraveling the mysteries of the world's largest fish

The endangered whale shark, the world's biggest fish, could be saved - simply by studying seawaterSwimming alongside the 'gentle giant' is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences but numbers have been decimated by the appetite for shark fine soup.

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#110993
2016-11-22

How to monitor global ocean warming—without harming whales

Most of the extra heat trapped by human-generated emissions is ending up in the oceans. But tracking the temperature of the world's oceans to monitor the change is trickier than it might seem. While satellites monitor surface temperature, measuring the ocean's interior temperature poses a logist ...

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#110979
2016-11-21

The Marine Hotspot That Could Save Our Seas

The Earth's oceans are under siege. Human activity is wiping out coral reefs and marine life at a faster rate than ever before. As conservationists try to restore the health of our seas, one place may be key to turning the tide.

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#110980
2016-11-21

Former Great Barrier Reef marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines

The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.

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#110947
2016-11-18

Beauty on the brink

Earlier this year researchers discovered most of the coral on Kiritimati, the world’s largest atoll, was dead due to overheating from a record breaking El Nino. This week they’re back and to their surprise there are tentative signs of life beneath the waves

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#110948
2016-11-18

Coral Decay: Scientists pinpoint regions where declining coral reefs could impact people the most

Teaming with life, coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Countless numbers of marine species depend on these reefs, and humans do as well. With so much dependent on the tiny animals that construct these reefs, scientists are trying to understand environmental factors that ...

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#110949
2016-11-18

How 'Marine Snow' Keeps Ocean Life Healthy

As a professor at a major university, it is always fascinating to learn along with our students. This week in a oral comprehensive examination of one of our graduate students, the term “marine snow” was mentioned by my colleague Dr. Patricia Yager, a professor of marine sciences at the Universit ...

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#110901
2016-11-16

Where can coral grow best? Scientist researching optimal habitats

Coral populations in the Florida Reef Tract have declined in the last three decades due to extreme-temperature events and other stressors that cause bleaching and disease. Scientists are now working to save the reef by transplanting healthy, nursery-grown corals back onto the reefs.

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#110857
2016-11-15

Destruction of kelp forests by tropical fish shows impact of ocean temperature rises

Herbivorous tropical fish have destroyed kelp forests in northern New South Wales, showing that even small increases in ocean temperature can lead to kelp deforestation, an Australian study has found.

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#110864
2016-11-15

Majority of Southeast Sulawesi coral reefs damaged: Study

A study conducted by WWF Indonesia has found that the majority of coral reefs in waters around Southeast Sulawesi have been damaged. The lack of hard coral cover, high rubble cover and high sedimentation rates are signs that the underwater ecosystem is in a dire state.

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