Oceans

Atlantic oil surveys could kill food used by fisheries

Airguns underwater are doing a number on organisms at the bottom of the food chain<p>The microscopic animals that provide food for fisheries face previously unknown threats along America’s southern and eastern seaboards, and in oceans elsewhere, with new research warning of the potential for heavy …

Liberal POV

These mysterious tube-like animals are invading Canada's coastline

The bioluminescent sea creatures started showing up along the coastline of British Columbia about two years ago.<p>The soft, spongy, animals are called pyrosomes and they are not normally found in the Pacific Northwest.<p>So why are they in BC's waters?<p>CBC Canada is reporting that millions of the sea …

Biological Species

Paris agreement's 1.5C target 'only way' to save coral reefs, Unesco says

First global assessment of climate change impact on world heritage-listed reefs says local efforts are ‘no longer sufficient’<p>Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline, with local …

Climate

'Unprecedented event': 6 North Atlantic right whales found dead in June

'The loss of even one animal is huge with animals with a population this small,' says marine biologist<p>Since June 7, six North Atlantic right whales …

Trudeau government proposes opening St. Lawrence marine protected area to oil exploration

The Liberal government is proposing to allow oil and gas exploration in a new marine protected area that it plans to establish where the Gulf of St. Lawrence meets the Atlantic Ocean.<p>Ottawa released an impact statement Friday on its Laurentian Channel protected area, a 11,619-square-kilometre …

Canada

Conservationists slamming Ottawa's decision to allow industrial activity in Laurentian Channel

More<p>The federal government's decision to allow industrial activity inside its newest proposed marine protected area has raised the ire of scientists …

Canada

Ooho! The edible water blob destined to rid the world of plastic bottles

By now, most people have realized that the ocean’s health is our health. Many attempts were made to tackle the ever-growing issue as we continue to …

Fisheries Dept. dispatches aircraft, boats to study right whale deaths

MONCTON, N.B. - Fisheries officials are trying to figure out what caused the recent deaths of several endangered right whales in the waters off …

Canadian News

Whale watchers observe soaring humpback numbers on migration census day

This weekend Shona Lorigan will be on a coastal headland, joining thousands of others around the country scanning the horizon for whales.<p>Sunday marks …

Brisbane

Great White Shark Sightings Are Out Of Control, But Why?

Southern California is a virtual shark festival this summer. Paddleboarders have found themselves in the middle of shark packs and terrifying attacks, like one where a woman lost her leg, are dominating local news. But why are sightings so high right now? And is this a new state of affairs?<p>Before …

Great White Shark

6 New Species of Fish Found in the “Twilight Zone” of Easter Island

Easter Island, renowned for its giant stone carvings, may have a new claim to fame: A treasure trove of tropical fish. In a paper released last …

Easter Island

Why lessons learned from the recent whale-population collapse could protect endangered sharks

A study of why whale populations declined can inform conservation strategies for sharks.<p>Investigating the warning signs that preceded the historic …

Whales

The Dumbo Octopus Is Eight Cute Legs of Stone Cold Murder

Hey, sailors! Welcome back to Animals Are Good: Cephalopod Week edition. Cephalopods, in case you’re wondering, are a class of mollusks to which …

Fishermen get an up-close, unexpected visit from a humpback whale

On Thursday, fishermen sailing off the coast of New Jersey managed to capture an unexpected whale breach right next to their boat.<p>Per Storyful, Paul Ziolkowski was filming when the humpback whale made its very close and sudden appearance.<p>Talk about once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Humor

Rising temperatures and acidification threaten Mediterranean sea species

VILLEFRANCE-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) - Water temperatures in the northwestern Mediterranean are increasing much faster than global averages, threatening the survival of several species, French researchers said.<p>Weekly water temperature readings by researchers at the Villefranche-sur-Mer …

Climate Change

Fisherman Say Orcas Are Harrassing Them. Orcas Have No Comment.

From the point of view of the <i>Alaska Dispatch News</i>, it’s clear who the victims are in this story: fishermen. And the perps are readily identified, …

The Arctic

Millions of ‘sea pickles’ are causing hell along the Pacific Coast

Millions of strange, tube-like creatures called “sea pickles” have invaded waters along the West Coast – creating a nightmare for fishermen and …

Oregon State University

Why a Scientific Cruise to Antarctica Should Be on Your Bucket List

A smooth, serpentine form silently broke the surface. Right next to me. The creature's foot-long head, glossed with a veneer of water, emerged …

Hordes of Gelatinous “Sea Pickles” Are Invading the West Coast

This past spring, hordes of bizarre sea creatures began swarming the coast of Oregon. They had bumpy, tubular bodies, gelatinous skin, and they …

NOAA

Experts Say Plastic Bags Are One Of The Biggest Threats To Sea Life. Here's How You Can Help.

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Hacking

2 humpbacks strand on Cape Cod island

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — Two juvenile humpback whales have washed up on a Cape Cod island this week, and experts are not yet sure why.<p>The Cape Cod Times …

Humpback Whales

Tighten Loopholes on Billfish Laws

New rules should stop the U.S. sale of billfish<p>It has been a long effort to try to conserve a group of fish that are some of the apex predators of …

United States

Jiaolong manned deep-sea submersible completes expedition

China's Jiaolong manned deep-sea submersible returned to its homeport in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Friday morning. The submersible's mother …

Some safety tips on handling sharks

With word this week from Santa Cruz that a couple had found a small – and quite alive – shark on Live Oak beach and dragged it back into the water, …

Western Australia

The hunt for offshore oil is killing tiny sea creatures that are key for healthy oceans

‘Plankton underpin whole ocean productivity’<p>A widely used method to find oil and gas for offshore drilling can kill tiny sea creatures that are key for feeding many marine animals like shellfish, fish, and even whales. And the impacts on these tiny, drifting creatures — called zooplankton — are …

Marine Biology

WWF objection prompts review of Mexican tuna fishery’s impact on dolphins in the Eastern Pacif

<b>GLAND, Switzerland, 23 June 2017 –</b> The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of an Eastern Pacific tuna fishery has been placed temporarily …

Wildlife

Nova Scotia asks Ottawa to stop protecting new marine areas

Federal government 'should focus on other areas' before asking Nova Scotia to do more, province says<p>Nova Scotia has asked the federal government to …

Canada

This Hungry Shark Feasting on a Humpback Whale Is the Gnarliest Thing You'll See Today

You know "that feel" when you can't make time for lunch and then go home, open your fridge and proceed to tear into bloated whale carcass?This very …

Humpback Whales

FREE AIRFARE when you book a cruise aboard Quino*

Join us on select 2017 Quino El Guardian Liveaboard Dive Trips to the magical SEA OF CORTEZ, the majestic islands of SOCORRO or a wild BAJA …

Air Travel

Seismic Blasting Devastates Ocean's Most Vital Organisms

Seismic airguns exploding in the ocean in search for oil and gas have devastating impacts on zooplankton, which are critical food sources for marine …

Natural Resources Defense Council