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Angela Messina | Jul 23, 2014 8:15 PM
Data from a new study shows that commercial shipping lanes intersect blue whale “hot spots" off the coast of California, resulting in whale casualties and possibly contributing to their slow population growth since protections were set in place by the International Whaling Commission.
Ian Seldrup | Jul 23, 2014 6:00 AM
In a high-tech plan to enforce marine protection laws in Belize, the Belize Fisheries Department has begun a monitoring program using “conservation drones.”
Angela Messina | Jul 21, 2014 10:15 PM
According to data gathered from GPS tags, a number of tagged harbor seals have been visiting offshore wind turbines in order to feed on prey that live on and around the man-made structures. According to the research team conducting the study, this is the first documented case of marine mammals feeding at a wind farm.
Angela Messina | Jul 21, 2014 12:32 PM
The Pacific garbage patch was first noted by Capt. Charles Moore when he was sailing his boat back from the Transpacific Yacht Race. In the middle of the ocean, far away from land or any sort of civilization, he noticed a large amount of trash floating in the ocean. It’s since been discovered that the garbage patch, which is the size of Texas, formed because waste becomes trapped in a vortex between ocean currents.
Angela Messina | Jul 17, 2014 1:10 PM
Judith Oakley, a marine biologist, described the horrifying scene of finding 55 dead small sharks on a beach in south Wales in the U.K. She believes that the sharks were killed by bottom trawling.
Ian Seldrup | Jul 16, 2014 11:00 PM
A new study into the effects of dredging on coral reefs in northwest Australia suggests that the expansion of coastal coal and gas ports is indeed detrimental to the health of reef systems.
Ian Seldrup | Jul 15, 2014 6:00 AM
Dolphin researcher Joan Gonzalvo of Milan’s Tethys Research Institute captures the world’s most endangered seal partaking in some octopus sushi.
Ian Seldrup | Jul 14, 2014 11:30 PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service has added scalloped hammerhead sharks to the U.S. Endangered Species List.
Angela Messina | Jul 9, 2014 8:00 PM
U.S. researchers were surprised to find that female snapping shrimp are more aggressive and more inclined to snap at other shrimp than males.
Angela Messina | Jul 8, 2014 1:34 PM
The Mars was the pride of Sweden’s 16th century navy, but it sank amidst a fierce navy battle in 1564 with some 800 or 900 sailors and a huge sum of gold and silver coins aboard.

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