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Report reveals ‘unseen’ human benefits from ocean twilight zone

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new report from researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals for the first time the unseen—and somewhat surprising—benefits that people receive from the ocean’s twilight zone. Also known as the “mesopelagic,” this is the ocean layer just beyond the sunlit surface.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature,

Released:
22-Jan-2020 3:30 PM EST
Newswise: What's in Puget Sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

What's in Puget Sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

University of Washington

Using a new “non-targeted” approach, University of Washington and UW Tacoma researchers screened samples from multiple regions of Puget Sound to look for potentially harmful compounds that might be present.

Channels: Environmental Science, Food and Water Safety, Marine Science, Pollution, All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 2:55 PM EST
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Walking sharks discovered in the tropics

University of Queensland

Four new species of tropical sharks that use their fins to walk are causing a stir in waters off northern Australia and New Guinea.

Channels: Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature, All Journal News,

Released:
22-Jan-2020 1:40 PM EST
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Newswise: Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive

Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive

Florida Atlantic University

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles’ eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern U.S. from 2009 to 2017, and found that 75 percent did not survive following admission into a rehabilitation facility, irrespective of whether or not tumor regrowth occurred after surgery.

Channels: All Journal News, Infectious Diseases, Marine Science, Nature, Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife,

Released:
22-Jan-2020 11:30 AM EST
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21-Jan-2020 1:15 PM EST
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The mysterious, legendary giant squid's genome is revealed

Marine Biological Laboratory

How did the monstrous giant squid - reaching school-bus size, with eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that can snatch prey 10 yards away -- get so scarily big?

Channels: Genetics, Marine Science, Nature, All Journal News, Staff Picks,

Released:
17-Jan-2020 1:50 AM EST
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Newswise: New Method Detects Toxin Exposure from Harmful Algal Blooms in Human Urine

New Method Detects Toxin Exposure from Harmful Algal Blooms in Human Urine

Florida Atlantic University

A newly developed method can detect even low-dose human exposure to microcystins and nodularin in human urine. During harmful algal blooms (HABs), species of cyanobacteria release toxic peptides, including microcystins and nodularin into waterways, impacting wildlife and humans living in these marine environments. These findings are the first to report microcystin concentrations directly from exposed residents impacted by cyanobacteria in Florida, and is a critical step in developing and interpreting clinical diagnostic tests for HABs exposure worldwide.

Channels: Marine Science, Public Health, Wildlife, Environmental Health, All Journal News,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Mobile protected areas needed to protect biodiversity in the high seas
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Mobile protected areas needed to protect biodiversity in the high seas

University of Washington

In this week's issue of Science, marine scientists make the case for the United Nations to include mobile marine protected areas in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS, now being updated since its last signing in 1982.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature, All Journal News,

Released:
15-Jan-2020 7:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes

Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Microbiome, Wildlife, All Journal News,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
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Newswise: 'The blob,' food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off
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'The blob,' food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

University of Washington

When nearly one million common murres died at sea and washed ashore from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, it was unprecedented — both for murres, and across all bird species worldwide. Scientists from the University of Washington, the U.S. Geological Survey and others blame an unexpected squeeze on the ecosystem's food supply, brought on by a severe and long-lasting marine heat wave known as "the blob."

Channels: Birds, Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Wildlife, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

Released:
8-Jan-2020 7:05 PM EST
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