This week, the Delaware legislature banned the sale, trade, distribution, and possession of shark fins in the state. Now the bill awaits the signature of Governor Jack Markell in order to become law.
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Sea turtles have been swimming the planet’s waters for millions of years, surviving everything from the mass dinosaur extinction to countless natural disasters and cunning predators. In recent years however, sea turtle populations have begun to plummet as they’ve encountered the one threat they have no defenses against—us. Recently, however, there has been reason for sea turtle lovers to rejoice, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally designated 740 miles of critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.
Humans have only explored about five percent of the ocean. When scientists went looking for the kraken, or the giant squid, they had to experiment with the best ways to find them. Edith Widder was on the team which was successful at filming the giant squid in 2012.
Giant squid have been found in every ocean of the world, but a recent DNA project shows that the giant squid are a single species.
A mega dolphin pod was spotted off the coast of California last Thursday by a whale watching cruise.
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit this week to protect loggerhead sea turtle habitat. The suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains that the agencies have not protected critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.
Coral reefs off the coast of China and its associated islands are at risk of disappearing. Over the past thirty years, the coral coverage near China has decreased by at least eighty percent, according to a new study published in Conservation Biology.
Several nations agreed last week not to catch whale sharks while fishing for tuna. Whale shark numbers have declined in recent decades, along with the populations of other shark species, but whale sharks are often targeted intentionally.
New Zealand has joined Australia in a lawsuit against Japan to stop scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean.
Putting a mild electric field on fishing weights may save endangered hammerhead sharks from becoming part of the bycatch.
Coughing scallops may provide a novel way to determine water quality.
A rare white whale was spotted off the coast of Norway by a British engineer. Dan Fisher was on a boat trip when he saw the white whale surface. He filmed the whale surfacing (video below).