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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, an ecologist at the University of California at Santa Cruz who is an expert on the foraging behavior of marine mammals, to explain it. Friedlander told The Post “This was a once-in-a-million time that the sea lion zigged when it should have zagged and kind of got taken for a ride,” he said, adding that there was “no intent by the whale to eat the sea lion.” Wow! We had to share this “once in a lifetime” pic! And just in case you were worried, Friedlaender believes the sea lion was fine just a bit tossed. Humpback whales can’t eat anything that big — they feast on tiny crustaceans called krill!
UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air. The two-year project will help experts assess […]
It’s about time we had a conversation about the birds and the bees…or in this case, the otters and the seagrass. A new study found that the ecological relationship between sea otters and the seagrass fields where they make their home is spurring the rapid reproduction of the plants. Otters dig up about 5% of […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
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