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A Killer Algae: The Death of 343 Sei Whales in Patagonia Reveals Effect of Climate Change on Marine Mammals

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A Killer Algae: The Death of 343 Sei Whales in Patagonia Reveals Effect of Climate Change on Marine Mammals

Source: Hakai Magazine/Claudia Geib - November 22, 2017

They didn’t think much of the first dead whale. Dwarfed by the rugged cliffs of Patagonia’s high green fjords, the team of biologists had sailed more…

Fishermen in California Are Throwing Explosives at Sea Lions, And It’s Surprisingly Legal

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Fishermen in California Are Throwing Explosives at Sea Lions, And It’s Surprisingly Legal

Source: Hakai Magazine/Alastair Bland - November 21, 2017

The sound carries for kilometers underwater and the passing blast waves feel like a punch to the chest. To dodge the painful noise, scuba divers more…

Erosion From Deforestation Raises Concerns For Great Barrier Reef

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Erosion From Deforestation Raises Concerns For Great Barrier Reef

Source: The Guardian/Michael Slezak - November 20, 2017

A deforestation surge in Queensland, which the latest government data suggests is about to accelerate dramatically, is heavily concentrated in catchments for the Great Barrier Reef, further undermining more…

Hong Kong’s Napoleon Wrasse Complex: Why is this Endangered Reef Fish So Common in Restaurants?

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Hong Kong’s Napoleon Wrasse Complex: Why is this Endangered Reef Fish So Common in Restaurants?

Source: Hakai Magazine/Justin Heifetz - November 17, 2017

The Napoleon wrasse is one of the world’s biggest reef fish. Reaching nearly two meters in length, it gleams in radiant blues and yellows, has more…

What’s a Nurdle? Learn About the Tiny Plastic Pellets Choking Our Oceans

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What’s a Nurdle? Learn About the Tiny Plastic Pellets Choking Our Oceans

Source: Huffington Post/Tess Riley - November 16, 2017

Our oceans are under siege. Plastic forks, disintegrating shopping bags, fragmented blocks of Styrofoam and a seemingly endless amount of drinking bottles are just a more…

Tragedy for the Vaquita: Why a Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Porpoise Failed

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Tragedy for the Vaquita: Why a Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Porpoise Failed

Source: Hakai Magazine/Sarah Gilman - November 15, 2017

The little porpoise seemed perfect. She had been lifted from the ocean onto a boat, but her breathing and heart rate were regular. She was more…

A Global Consensus: 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn of Negative Global Environmental Trends

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A Global Consensus: 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn of Negative Global Environmental Trends

Source: Phys.org/Oregon State University - November 14, 2017

Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to more…

How Not to Kill an Albatross: By Making One Simple Change, Fishermen Can Save These Endangered Seabirds

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How Not to Kill an Albatross: By Making One Simple Change, Fishermen Can Save These Endangered Seabirds

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - November 13, 2017

On April 11, 2011, a seabird drowned in fishing gear off the coast of Oregon. While this happens quite often, the death of this particular more…

Scientists Explore Impact of the Worst Mass Coral Bleaching in History on Western Australia’s Reefs

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Scientists Explore Impact of the Worst Mass Coral Bleaching in History on Western Australia’s Reefs

Source: Science Daily/ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies - November 10, 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA), ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and Western Australian Marine Science Institution have examined the more…

After Decades of Effort, Salmon Are Finally Coming Back to Landlocked Idaho

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After Decades of Effort, Salmon Are Finally Coming Back to Landlocked Idaho

Source: Hakai Magazine/Cindy Salo - November 9, 2017

Jude Trapani remembers his first glimpse of chinook salmon spawning 1,300 kilometers from the ocean, in Idaho’s Lemhi Valley. “It was magic,” he says. Historically, more…