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'Aquanauts' Begin Month-Long Underwater Mission

Fabien Cousteau and a team of “aquanauts” will spend a record 31 days living and working underwater as part of the expedition, dubbed Mission 31. Read more

Costa Concordia Cruise Liner Claims Another Life

The shipwreck of the Costa Concordia claimed another life on Saturday — more than two years after the cruise liner capsized off the coast of Giglio Island, killing 32 people. Read more

The Record-Breaking Sex Lives of Barnacles

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…

Vertical Caves: Exploring Blue Holes

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…

Humans Changing Saltiness of the Seas: When you hear about climate change it’s most often about melting glaciers and sea ice, increasing frequency of heatwaves and powerful storms. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll hear about the acidification of the oceans too. What you don’t hear about is the saltiness of the seas. But that’s changing too, according to a new piece of research just published in Geophysical Research Letters

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.

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