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Toxic Metal Poisoning May Have Led Pilot Whales off Course

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Toxic Metal Poisoning May Have Led Pilot Whales off Course

Source: Mirror/Pamela Paterson - February 12, 2016

A pod of 21 stranded whales that died on a Scottish beach had high levels of toxic metals in their brains.

Tests found mercury and cadmium build-ups more…

Microplastic Pollution Is Harming Oysters, the Ocean’s Ecosystem Engineers

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Microplastic Pollution Is Harming Oysters, the Ocean’s Ecosystem Engineers

Source: LA Times/Sean Greene - February 11, 2016

Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that’s algae, phytoplankton — or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean.

It more…

Reef Shark Killed by Fishing Nets Sparks Calls for Greater Protection in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

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Reef Shark Killed by Fishing Nets Sparks Calls for Greater Protection in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Source: Asia One/Muguntan Vanar - February 10, 2016

KOTA KINABALU - A picture of a reef shark killed by fishing nets within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Park has sparked calls for immediate more…

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Fish in Ocean Full of Pollutants

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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Fish in Ocean Full of Pollutants

Source: Fishsens Magazine/Daniel Kelly - February 9, 2016

The ocean fish you eat may be tasty, but it’s also very likely they’re full of pollutants, according to the results of a new study.

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Ocean Acidification Is Impacting Coralline Algae

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Ocean Acidification Is Impacting Coralline Algae

Source: Phys.org/University of Bristol - February 8, 2016

Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation more…

When Nets Go Rogue: The Ghosts of Fishing Gear Past

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When Nets Go Rogue: The Ghosts of Fishing Gear Past

Source: Hakai Magazine/Brian Owens - February 5, 2016

Lacuna is like most other humpback whales in the Atlantic Ocean. He overwinters in warm Caribbean waters—where humpbacks breed and give birth—and heads north in more…

Ocean Acidification Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for the Atlantic Ocean

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Ocean Acidification Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for the Atlantic Ocean

Source: TakePart/Emily Gertz - February 4, 2016

Over the past 10 years, the Atlantic Ocean has soaked up 50 percent more carbon dioxide than it did the decade before, measurably speeding up more…

Crabbers Find Dollars Recovering Lost Crab Pots

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Crabbers Find Dollars Recovering Lost Crab Pots

Source: TakePart/Richard Conniff - February 3, 2016

Chesapeake Bay crabbers took it hard in 2008 when the blue crab industry was officially declared a commercial failure. Blue crabs are to the Chesapeake more…

Tiny Plankton Play Big Role in Ocean’s Carbon Storage

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Tiny Plankton Play Big Role in Ocean’s Carbon Storage

Source: Phys.org/Jennifer Chu - February 2, 2016

How do you find your food? Most animal species, whether they rummage through a refrigerator or stalk prey in the wild, obtain nutrients by consuming more…

Ocean Life Imperiled by Invisible Plastic

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Ocean Life Imperiled by Invisible Plastic

Source: TCPalm/Anthony Westbury - February 1, 2016

Take a stroll along any beach and you'll see the depressing amount of plastic items that wash up on our shores every day.

Yet a more…

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