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New Marine Protected Area To Be Established in the Canadian Arctic

New Marine Protected Area To Be Established in the Canadian Arctic


While news about the Arctic has rarely been positive in recent years (just this week extreme heat in Greenland lead to the rapid melting of its ice sheet) a bright spot of hope emerged this week out of Canada. A far northern Canadian Arctic region named Tuvaijuittuq is on the path to becoming a Marine […]

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One Big Gulp Thing:  Watch Out Sea Lion!

One Big Gulp Thing: Watch Out Sea Lion!

Off the coast of California on July 22nd, a wildlife photographer Chase Dekker caught a rare moment on film — a humpback whale coming up and “encountering” a sea lion that had been feasting on anchovies.  Talk about wrong place, wrong time!  Dekker shared his incredible photo with The Washington Post and they asked Ari Friedlaender, […]

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Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

At the southernmost tip of South America, ten thousand gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the sea off the coast of Chile’s Patagonia, in one of the most pristine areas of the world.

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One Cool Thing: Deep Sea Exploration You Can Watch LIVE!

One Cool Thing: Deep Sea Exploration You Can Watch LIVE!

There is far too little exploration of the wonders of the deep sea, but there is one very high profile expedition going on now and you can watch it live!  Dr. Robert Ballard, the National Geographic Explorer in Residence who discovered the Titanic, and his Exploration Vehicle (E/V) Nautilus, is currently exploring for the first […]

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One Cool Thing: All Female Sailing Expedition to Study Ocean Plastic

One Cool Thing: All Female Sailing Expedition to Study Ocean Plastic


In October more than 300 women will join a round-the-world sailing expedition to highlight the devastating impact of plastic pollution in the oceans and conduct scientific research into the escalating crisis. The two-year, 38,000 nautical mile trip being organized by eXXpedition, a non-profit focusing on marine pollution, will travel to the Arctic, the Galapagos Islands, […]

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4 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Puget Sound

4 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Puget Sound

Authorities in King County (Seattle), Washington are investigating why two large sewage treatment plants failed late last week, causing the release of approximately 4 million gallons of untreated sewage into Puget Sound and forcing the closure of the Sound for swimming and fishing at several popular beaches over the weekend. 

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All 21 Beaches in Mississippi Closed Because of Toxic Algae

All 21 Beaches in Mississippi Closed Because of Toxic Algae

Beachgoers in Mississippi over the long Fourth of July weekend were sorely disappointed — all 21 of the state’s beaches were closed due to a toxic algal bloom that has made the water unsafe for swimming.  The “blue-green” bloom, which has been growing and resulted in beach closures there since June, is caused by the […]

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Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

As Weather.com reported, unusually warm temperatures combined with seasonal low tides have literally roasted California mussels in their shells in a mass die-off that could have larger implications on the local marine ecosystem. At the same time, this July 4th weekend a record number of sharks have been spotted off the coast of Cape Cod […]

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Taylor Energy Mess In Gulf Getting Cleaned Up — Finally

Taylor Energy Mess In Gulf Getting Cleaned Up — Finally


The largest oil spill in U.S. history, the fifteen-year “leak” from the Taylor Energy platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is finally getting cleaned up, The Washington Post reports. The government hired for $7 million a small marine construction company, run by Tommy Couvillion, a former fishing boat captain who is now an engineer, to contain the spill and recover some of the oil. which has turned out to be much more than Taylor Energy had let on.

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Six North Atlantic Right Whales Now Found Dead This Year

Six North Atlantic Right Whales Now Found Dead This Year

Since we reported on the death of a young male North Atlantic Right Whale a few weeks ago, there have been five more dead whales found in Canadian waters, the latest one discovered just yesterday and a total of four in the last three days.  In response, Transport Canada immediately implemented an interim, precautionary speed restriction of 10 knots, for vessels of 20 meters or more in length traveling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, where all the whale deaths have been reported.

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Oyster Farmers Fight the Ticking Clock of Ocean Acidification

Oyster Farmers Fight the Ticking Clock of Ocean Acidification

Millions of oysters are consumed in the United States each year but these trendy bivalves are coming under increasing threat from ocean acidification resulting from climate change. Animals like shellfish, corals and sea urchins need carbonate ions to build their shells and other structures yet the more oceans acidify, the scarcer those essential building blocks […]

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Mapping of Ocean Floor Accelerates

Mapping of Ocean Floor Accelerates

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project has made the mapping of the entire ocean floor by 2030 its global mission. Since 2017, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has increased from 6 to 15 percent – equivalent to an additional 32,000,000 square kilometers, an area greater than the landmass of the entire African continent.

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