Beached whale’s stomach found to be full of fresh trash

A gray whale that came ashore and later died near the Fauntleroy ferry dock last week had all that is pictured here in its stomach, all ingested while feeding in Puget Sound.(Credit: Cascadia Research Collective) A gray whale’s last meal in Puget Sound included plenty of trash, and it was fresh enough to indicate the … Continue reading Beached whale’s stomach found to be full of fresh trash

It’s a microbial world

Left, Karenia brevis; Middle, Cryptopharynx; Right, Ceratium longipes.(Credits: Bob Andersen and D. J. Patterson; D. J. Patterson, L. Amaral-Zettler and V. Edgcomb; avid Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler, Mike Peglar and Tom Nerad) Worldwide census ups diversity estimates for marine microbes one-hundred-fold. Nature News, Published online April 18, 2010By Jane Qiu Researchers scouring the world’s oceans … Continue reading It’s a microbial world

‘Black Box’ Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation

New research shows that eukaryotic phytoplankton account for almost half the ocean’s carbon fixation by phytoplankton.(Credit: iStockphoto/Sebastian Meckelmann) ScienceDaily, Apr. 16, 2010 Scientists at the University of Warwick and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have opened “the black box” of eukaryotic phytoplankton and discovered that they actually account for almost half the ocean’s carbon … Continue reading ‘Black Box’ Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation

Endangered monk seal found dead off Waimanalo

Honolulu AdvertiserA 9-month-old Hawaiian monk seal was found drowned in a gill net Tuesday offshore from Waimanalo.The female, nicknamed Mikala by monk seal volunteers, was seen floating offshore from Bellows Beach at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and brought to shore by lifeguards, said Charles Littnan, lead scientist for NOAA Fisheries’ monk seal research program.The animal was … Continue reading Endangered monk seal found dead off Waimanalo

How the Sea Snake Got Its Stripes

A banded sea krait (Laticauda colubrina) is seen here off the shoreline of Wakatobi, Indonesia. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) ScienceDaily, Apr. 14, 2010 We all know that looks matter, and for snakes, a colour which works well on land has dramatically different results under water, according to a recent study by biologists from the University of … Continue reading How the Sea Snake Got Its Stripes

Studying Sea Life for a Glue That Mends People

STICK-TO-IT-IVENESS Clockwise from top left, the sandcastle worm builds its home by using tentacles to grab sand and shell bits and glues them with adhesive from an organ on its head; its tube-shaped dwelling; two beads of a worm’s home, microscopically enlarged; a section of a sandcastle worm colony. (Credits: Top and bottom left: Fred … Continue reading Studying Sea Life for a Glue That Mends People

Long-distance larvae speed to new undersea vent homes

“Pioneer” vent species travel hundreds of kilometers to settle new deep-ocean territories. (Credit: Nicole Rager-Fuller, National Science Foundation) Marine scientists discover ocean “superhighway” for tiny life forms National Science FoundationApril 13, 2010 Working in a rare, “natural seafloor laboratory” of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods … Continue reading Long-distance larvae speed to new undersea vent homes

High-tech transmitters giving up secret lives of Hawaiian seals

Hawaiian monk seal Kermit snoozes on an Oahu beach, oblivious to the transmitter on his back that gathers data about his movements for NOAA researchers. Up to 14 other seals in Hawaii will be wearing similar transmitters. (Credit: Barbara Billand) Navy pays for devices that also gauge how sonar affects species Honolulu Advertiser, Sunday, April … Continue reading High-tech transmitters giving up secret lives of Hawaiian seals