Like a scene from Moby Dick, a whale breached off the coast of South Africa and landed on a boat Monday.
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A mother and son pair of whales beached themselves on a New Zealand beach in 2010. Initially identified as Gray’s beaked whales, the pair turned out to be members of the never-before-seen species, the spade-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii).
Xenophyophores, the world’s largest single-celled organisms, grow up to eight inches in diameter. More than 42 species have been discovered in deep parts of the oceans.
The rogue geoengineering experiment off the coast of British Columbia has raised a lot of questions. The experimenters claim they did it to help the salmon fisheries. Critics say the lack of scientific rigor means we won’t learn much from this experiment.
This short film from TED-Ed shows the secret life of plankton. I had no idea plankton are so beautiful.
Bluefin tuna numbers are increasing, giving hope to the fisheries that depend on them. Since the trend of the numbers is uncertain – will the tuna continue increasing in numbers, or is this just a population blip? – the World Wildlife Fund is encouraging decision makers to keep tuna fishing quotas where they are.
If you’ve ever wanted to go diving in the ocean and discover unknown sea creatures from the comfort of your own sofa, here’s your chance. There’s a new web site called Seafloor Explorer where anyone can look at images of the seafloor and help classify the creatures they see.
Google’s reef mapping project allows users to take virtual scuba dives along with the Catlin Seaview Survey scientific expedition.
The Cook Islands designated a million square kilometer marine park in August. The marine park will set aside the area for sustainable management of fisheries and development of mineral resources.
On Wednesday, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament will consider a ban on shark finning. Shark finning is the practice of catching a shark, removing its fins, and dumping the still living shark back into the sea to slowly bleed to death.
Off the coast of Argentina, gulls have taken up a nasty habit of attacking whales. In one of the prime breeding grounds for Southern right whales, a booming population of gulls has figured out how to get a seafood meal every time a whale surfaces by stripping the flesh off the backs of the whales.
The Australian government has declared the giant kelp forests off the coasts of Tasmania, Victoria, and South Australia endangered.