Ashley Sciandra

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When the Oceans Failed

Image: Ellmax Photos<p>It's December 2031, and my hand is tingling with an alert from Apple's latest wearable technology. I've received a new e-mail: The Daily Catch has landed in my inbox with global news on all things related to water. I have two options: I can watch a hologram, or I can go …

Sea-level rise accelerating, say scientists

In 2013, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the global mean sea level rose by 19 centimetres (7.6 inches) from 1901-2010, an average 1.7 mm (0.06 of an inch) per year.<p>This accelerated to 3.2 mm per year between 1993 and 2010, the IPCC said in its landmark Fifth …

Protect the Reef, Protect Ourselves

Wildlife<p>I was certain that the photos of magenta, green and golden corals, crinoids, anemones and fish in the dive boat brochures had been enhanced. No <i>actual</i> coral reefs looked that exquisite in real life, did they? I prepped my camera and donned my dive gear. As my dive buddy and I landed in the …

Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean Threatens Species

By Andrea Thompson<p><i>Published:</i> June 26th, 2015<p>Parts of the Arctic Ocean within the next 10 years could reach levels of ocean acidification that would …

Extinct Megalodon, the largest shark ever, may have grown too big

LOS ANGELES — Megalodon, the most massive shark ever to prowl the oceans, may have gotten so big that it was prone to extinction.<p>For some mysterious reason, though the biggest and smallest members of the species were the same length, many of the giant sea monsters got longer over a 14-million-year …

Whales, Dolphins Are Collateral Damage In Our Taste For Seafood

Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals are injured or killed every year by fishermen around the world. And because most seafood in the U.S. is imported, that means our fish isn't as dolphin-friendly as you might expect.<p>Under pressure from conservation groups, federal regulators are preparing to …

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Search for missing Malaysian plane shines spotlight on giant ocean garbage patches.<p>Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.<p><b>But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing</b> …

A Better Way to Protect Our Ocean Ecosystems

Wildlife<p>Over the past 30 years, we’ve made tremendous scientific gains in understanding how marine ecosystems work while monitoring the impacts of fishing and other extractive activities on the health of our oceans. What’s more, the application of new science, along with critical reforms of key …

What's killing all the sea stars?

On Orcas Island, off the coast of Washington State, thousands of sea stars cluster in the nooks and crannies of this rocky patch of coastline. But that may not be the case for much longer.<p>After decimating populations up and down the west coat, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome has arrived here. It's a …

For the U.S., a New Challenge: Keeping Poachers Out of Newly Expanded Marine Reserve in the Pacific

Government aims to tap partnerships and advanced technology to protect massive sanctuary around remote islands.<p>NEW YORK—The Obama administration's creation of a vast protected area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, announced Thursday, raises the question of how to police such a large and remote …

How a determined marine biologist and volunteers saved a giant kelp forest off California's coast

Thirty years ago, the giant kelp forests in the ocean off the coast of California were mostly wiped out by ecosystem imbalances. Now a citizen-led effort has helped to restore them.<p>Giant kelp is the largest type of seaweed in our oceans. But the fragile ecosystem that supports its growth began to …

Why Do Glowing Sharks Glow?

There are about 550 species of shark in the oceans. Around twelve percent of them glow.<p>These luminous fish belong to two groups: the kitefin sharks and the lanternsharks. They are little creatures, no bigger than 50 centimeters long, and they feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans. They also …

Magnificent great white sharks are on the brink of extinction

<b>SAN DIEGO</b>, July 28, 2015 — The magnificent prehistoric great white shark is the largest of all predatory fish in the world.<p>A descendant of early …

White Shark

Coral Reefs: The Ocean’s Treasure

(Photo Credit: Swim For The Reef)<p><b>Why do we need to protect coral reefs?</b><p>Simply put, coral reefs are some of the most diverse and extremely valuable …

The Humpback Whale Might Lose Its Endangered Status, Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service has claimed the endangered species act (ESA) a success …

Species that Suffer from Illegal Activities on the Ocean

Illegal activities on the ocean include breaking fishing laws, poaching, ignoring marine protected areas, and polluting. Such actions contaminate or …

Marine Mammals

Rising Sea Levels Could Decimate Sea Turtle Nests

<i>By Oliver Milman, The Guardian</i><p>Rising sea levels could decimate sea turtle nesting sites around the world, scientists have warned, with the largest …

Visualizing Ocean Currents With NASA

Oceans In Motion<p>The world's oceans are in constant motion, and this series of maps published by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific …

Gulf Stream

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Biodiversity

Ancient Sea Monster Unearthed In Alaska Mountains

The remote snow-covered Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska probably do not evoke thoughts of a diverse ocean ecosystem. But the rocks that make up this region have clued paleontologists into the existence of a 70 million year old Cretaceous seaway that contained Alaska’s first ever elasmosaur. …

The 15 best hiking trails in the world

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and affordable summer vacation? Go take a hike -- literally!<p>Hiking is good way to see waterfalls, mountain peaks, and alpine meadows without spending a lot of money. And a hike isn't just something to do on a summer afternoon. There are many trails that are best …