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Oysters are filter-feeders. That means they suck in the water around them, filtering out the plankton and bits of dead animals and waste that they eat, then spit the water back out, free of that waste. The process feeds the oysters, produces food for humans, and cleans the water around them. Exactly how much these […]
A new island formed off the coast of Pakistan in the Arabian Sea last week. The island showed up suddenly after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan.
The USGS recently announced they are monitoring nitrates in real time to help study dead zones. What is a dead zone and why does it matter?
Fisheries ranges are moving due to climate change. Scientists had expected marine animals to move toward the poles to escape the warming waters. What they found is that many animals have, but animals along the California coast and in the Gulf of Mexico had headed south. How to explain this?
This week, TEPCO confirmed what everyone else has known for a while: the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant is leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
Global warming is bringing all sorts of change to ecosystems. Glass sponges are turning out to be one of the beneficiaries.
Jellyfish are found in every ocean in the world, in both shallow coastal ecosystems and the deep ocean. Their beautiful and colorful light displays make them favorites in aquariums and in sea dives. These three videos show off jellyfish, nature’s fireworks show.
The first effects of climate change are being felt by those people dependent on the oceans for their livelihoods (and the insurance industry). Oyster fisheries have hit upon a temporary measure to respond to ocean acidification.
A new study rates marine conservation in the U.S. by state. Which states fare the best? Which states could use the most improvement in their marine conservation strategies?
Though sharks have survived mass extinctions and environmental changes to swim in our waters for more than 400 million years, their resilience is now being put to the test because of the worldwide practice of shark finning. Shark populations may have the chance to thrive again, however, thanks to recent action on state bills, to ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins.
When local sea turtle populations declined, the communities of Magdalena Bay joined together to save them, improving their fisheries at the same time.