Posts tagged ocean
They have the largest penises (relative to body size) in the animal kingdom and now researchers find they are adept at collecting sperm directly from the water. “The unique ‘shoot and catch’ system marks a first for crustaceans,” says Discovery News’ Jennifer Viegas. Impressive. Read more…
Tourists and hard-core adventurers are attracted to underwater caves around the world, some hundreds of feet deep. Free divers sink into the darkness without supplemental oxygen for record-breaking dives. Above, the Blue Hole in Belize Barrier Reef. Open gallery…
Shipping Makes Way for Whales: The global shipping regulator, the International Maritime Organization, recently announced it will adjust the economically crucial shipping lanes leading into the bustling ports of California, thereby reducing danger to the whales that ply those same waters. The changes will likely take effect this year.
Whale X-ing signs needed I think…
“The majority (of the Japanese public) - 55 percent - said they were neither for whaling nor against it, a collective shoulder shrug that appears to belie the insistence by the country’s officials that continued whaling is a matter of great national pride and import.”
…now the Pentagon wants to build a drone sub-hunter that can chase enemy craft for up to two months at a time without any human operator at the helm.
Floating offshore oil drilling platforms, offshore wind farms and buoys are vulnerable to waves, especially those from storm swells. But a team of engineers has found a way to make those ocean-faring structures invisible to waves. The technique could help protect marine structures from damage when big storms hit.
… scientists cut open the stomachs of 67 northern fulmars, a type of seabird, which had died and been beached on the coasts of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon […] Nearly 93 percent of the birds harbored plastic in their stomachs, the research team reported in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. And each bird contained an average of nearly 37 pieces of plastic. One bird had 454 pieces in its stomach.
Read more of Emily Sohn’s article, “Pacific NW Seabirds Stuffed Full of Plastic”
The killer soup of microplastic threatens to alter the ocean’s natural environment.
The vast swirl of plastic waste floating in the North Pacific has increased 100-fold over the last 40 years, according to a research paper published Wednesday.
And scientists warned the killer soup of microplastic — particles smaller than five millimeters (one inch) — threatened to alter the open ocean’s natural environment.