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.
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Brittle stars, a type of starfish, have an interesting method of locomotion using just two of their five legs.
Researchers have discovered that Cetacea, long thought to be “the most distinctive and highly specialized orders of mammals” actually exhibit characteristics of “personhood.”Â Like chimpanzees, whales and dolphins exhibit “considerable social complexity and individual distinction.”Â Scientists believe future research will prove Cetacean personhood will approach that of primates.Â Such research gives even more significance to […]
Often well intentioned international aid has the opposite effect on impoverished nations that rely heavily on their ecosystems for survival.Â Take for example poor fisherman in Diani Beach, Kenya who used USAID money to buy nylon fishing nets that are entangling marine life and damaging coral reefs off Africa’s most popular beach.Â Fisherman are resistant […]
6,000 rare Irrawaddy dolphins have been discovered in the freshwater of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangrove forest and the Bay of Bengal. Previously, the largest group of Irrawaddy dolphins were thought to be in the low hundreds. The recent discovery has prompted new guidelines for marine wildlife viewing in the Pacific Islands.
Most fish species in the Pacific Ocean are declining except for the Humboldt squid named after the Humboldt Current in South America. The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) is notoriously aggressive and can weigh as much as 100 pounds. Called the diablos rojos, or red devils, by Mexican fisherman, the Humboldt Squid can take off your […]
Earlier this month, the Pacific Fishery Management Council met and created three public review options for the West Coast 2009 salmon season. Unfortunately for commercial salmon fisherman in California, all three options include no season for the second year in a row.Â California sport fisherman may be allowed to fish for 10 days in August […]
Last month, biologists warned killer whales’ existence is being threatened by California water issues that negatively affect salmon populations. Specifically endangered are the southern resident orcas that live in Puget Sound but have been seen as far south as Monterey Bay since 2000.Â There are 83 southern resident killer whales.
Advocates for rainforest conservation often cite how these forests are “nature’s medicine cabinet“. With only one percent of the world’s tropical plants tested for their medicinal properties and 120 prescription drugs originating in rainforest plants already, the cure to many illnesses may be contained in these tropical forests. What about our oceans? Could they also […]