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Researching Acoustics of Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales Could Lead to Bycatch Reduction

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Researching Acoustics of Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales Could Lead to Bycatch Reduction

Source: BBC News/Victoria Gill - March 30, 2015

Researchers in Denmark have revealed how porpoises finely adjust the beams of sound they use to hunt.
The animals hunt with clicks and buzzes - more…

Phytoplankton Carbon Delivered to Ocean Depths by Currents

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Phytoplankton Carbon Delivered to Ocean Depths by Currents

Source: Phys.org/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute - March 27, 2015

Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal renewal and the start of a warmer season on land, a similar "greening" event—a massive phytoplankton bloom—unfolds each more…

Study: Ocean Acidification Impacting Phytoplankton in Southern Ocean

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Study: Ocean Acidification Impacting Phytoplankton in Southern Ocean

Source: University of Colorado Boulder/Natalie Freeman and Nicole Lovenduski - March 26, 2015

A University of Colorado Boulder study shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton -- tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web – more…

Changing Climate Slows Ocean Current

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Changing Climate Slows Ocean Current

Source: TakePart/Emily Gertz - March 25, 2015

The powerful ocean current that carries tropical warmth from the South Atlantic to northern countries has slowed down to a degree “unprecedented in the past more…

Environmental DNA (eDNA) may be Game-Changer for Tracking Sharks

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Environmental DNA (eDNA) may be Game-Changer for Tracking Sharks

Source: BBC News/Mark Kinver - March 24, 2015

Conservationists are eagerly awaiting the results of a UK study into whether it is possible to track endangered sharks via environmental DNA (eDNA).
If successful, more…

Researchers Explore Arctic Sea Ice aboard the Lance

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Researchers Explore Arctic Sea Ice aboard the Lance

Source: National Geographic/Andy Isaacson - March 23, 2015

82.44 Degrees North—We've drifted across the frozen Arctic for 30 days. Four miles here, ten miles there—a squiggly red line on the ship's digital chart more…

ROV Survives Deep-Sea Avalanche, Yields New Scientific Insights

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ROV Survives Deep-Sea Avalanche, Yields New Scientific Insights

Source: Phys.org/Kim Fulton-Bennett - March 20, 2015

Exploring the deep sea, and especially submarine canyons, is a risky business. The floors of many submarine canyons are periodically scoured by fast-moving underwater avalanches more…

Microbial Life Found Beneath the Seafloor

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Microbial Life Found Beneath the Seafloor

Source: Futurity/Texas A&M University - March 19, 2015

Scientists have discovered evidence of oxygen-breathing microbial life more than 200 feet below the ocean floor—or 12,000 feet below sea level in the Pacific Ocean.

more…

Lab Grown Baby Corals Could Save Coral Reefs

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Lab Grown Baby Corals Could Save Coral Reefs

Source: TakePart/Katharine Gammon - March 18, 2015

The pillar coral looks amazing when seen under Caribbean waters. It grows in clusters, forming reefs that resemble groups of smokestacks stretching up from the more…

A New Level of Hearing, What Whales Have that Humans Don’t

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A New Level of Hearing, What Whales Have that Humans Don’t

Source: National Geographic/Jane J. Lee - March 17, 2015

There's a reason people compare garbled voicemails to listening to someone talk underwater—our ears just aren't built for a watery world. But animals like whales more…

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