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The World’s Coral Reefs in a Race Against Climate Change

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A new study published in Science confirms devastating damage endured by the world’s coral reefs in recent years due to rapid climate change and human influence. The analysis provides a health check-up of 100 coral reefs around the globe through review of records from 1980 to 2016 from government documents, scientific studies, and media reports. The result paints a grim picture.  As recently as the 1980s, reefs could expect roughly 25-30 years between bleaching episodes. Today, abnormally high water temperatures occur around every 6 years, while reefs need decades to recuperate. “It’s like getting hit by a serious disease every couple of years, or at such short intervals that you don’t have time to recover in between,” says study co-author Julia Baum, a marine biologist at the University of Victoria. Read more here Original link

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Bermuda Hotel Launches Marine Conservation Campaign

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A Bermuda hotel is launching a project aimed at increasing awareness for protecting the island’s precious marine life. The Hamilton Princess hotel’s conservation campaign is built around an informative website that shares interesting facts about the various marine species that can be seen while diving in Bermuda. As well, it informs viewers that some of these species – such as the ecologically prized parrotfish – have become threatened or endangered in recent years. “We created this online experience to show a glimpse of what it is like to dive in Bermuda while spreading awareness around the vulnerability of some of our most beautiful marine species,” said Diarmaid O’Sullivan, the Director of Marketing at The Hamilton Princess. Of course, the best way to appreciate Bermuda’s marine environment is to dive right in. In addition to the marine life and some of clearest waters in the Caribbean, Bermuda is a hotspot for...
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Switzerland Outlaws Boiling Lobsters Alive

Image: Billy Hathorn/ Wikimedia Commons Every nonfiction fan should read Consider the Lobster , the late David Foster Wallace’s incredible essay on the morality of boiling the crustacean alive simply because it tastes nice. It appears that officials in Switzerland have at least skimmed the essay: New regulations will require food preparers to stun or mechanically destroy a lobster’s brain before immersing it in boiling water. But have they really considered the lobster? The Guardian reports: As part of a wider overhaul of Swiss animal protection laws, Bern said that as of 1 March, “the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted”. There’s a longstanding question as to whether lobsters feel pain and how much pain they feel. The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine suggests that their nervous system isn’t complex enough to process pain, with only 100,000...
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Bizarre deep-sea creatures wash up on Scottish beach

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Several deep-sea fish have washed up on a beach in Scotland , sparking renewed interest in the bizarre-looking creatures. Nearly 10 different species were found by two local conservation volunteers on St Cyrus beach in Aberdeenshire . Jobrul Chamberlain, 15, and Bob Fitzpatrick took around 15 fish to the manager of the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve for identification.  Their haul included fangtooth, viperfish and deep-sea dragonfish, as well as chimaera or ghost sharks. "It's a real privilege to see these fish close up," Therese Alampo, manager of St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, told The Independent. "I think it is wonderful how so many people have shown an interest in these deep-sea creatures, and been inspired by how incredible they are." The fish, which typically dwell in the darkness beneath the ocean's surface, had been caught by a marine scientist on a research expedition in deep water off the coast of the Shetland Islands, Ms Alampo said....
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Alaska crushes record for hottest December as Arctic sea ice hits record low

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In its hottest December ever recorded, Alaska was a stunning 15.7°F above the 20th century average. And the year ended with Arctic sea ice hitting an all-time record low. While the East Coast had a cool December and New Year’s week, Alaska baked.  Last Tuesday, Anchorage hit 48°F , warmer than southern cities from Atlanta and Jacksonville to Houston and New Orleans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  reported this week that Alaska averaged 19.4°F for the month, topping the previous record (1985) by a whopping 2.1°F. “That’s really quite astonishing,” said Rick Thoman, the National Weather Service’s climate sciences and services manager for the Alaska region. As he explained to the Anchorage Daily News , “ Usually you’re breaking those by a tenth of a degree or two-tenths of a degree.”  The Arctic as a whole was so warm in December that Arctic sea ice set a new end-of-year record...
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Rare Sharks With Bizarre Jaws Have Turned Up Off The Coast of Taiwan

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A recent catch in Taiwan is making waves: five rare and rarely seen viper dogfish - a type of small, luminescent and inky black shark that lives in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Hawaii, Japan and Taiwan.   The catch was made by the Taiwanese Fisheries Research Institute during a survey of fish species living off the coast of Taitung, according to local news reports . The viper dogfish, Trigonognathus kabeyai, are peculiar and distinctive-looking beasties, but not likely to harm humans. They live in deep waters, seem to have a small population and range, and are so elusive that they weren't even discovered until 1986 . Since then, they've shown up a few times over the decades, usually as fishing bycatch. Because they're so rarely seen, we don't know a lot about them, but scientists have been able to glean a fair amount from their taxonomy. Fisheries...
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These Insane Photos Show Alligators Stuck in Frozen Swamps Surviving The Winter

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Come in, the water's just fine! Okay, you won't be hearing any alligators saying that, but as these amazing images show, these restricted reptiles are taking the cold snap in their stride – even if their swampy home has transformed into a glittering prison of ice.   Like snorkelers who picked a particularly bad time to take a dip, these alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina are trapped in frozen waters – and in these hostile, icy conditions, an ancient survival mechanism is kicking in. Ordinarily, these alligators would be spending their time sun-bathing or resting along the bottom of their swamp, but in a video captured by staff at the Swamp Park, we can see the animals adopting a very different pose on account of the punishing cold spell currently blasting the US . (Swamp Park/YouTube) What they're doing is called brumation , which is similar...
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Is fishing with electricity less destructive than digging up the seabed with beam trawlers?

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While many people may be interested in the sustainability and welfare of the fish they eat, or the health of the environment, fewer probably worry about the effect that trawl fishing – which accounts for 20% of landings – has on the ocean. For a long time researchers and the industry have been trying to improve trawl fishing practices. Things have moved on from practices such as beam trawling – where a large net is dragged across the ocean floor – to potentially less invasive and newer methods like electric pulse trawling. This sees electrical pulses being sent into the seawater to flush out bottom-dwelling fish like plaice and sole, causing them to swim into the path of trawl nets. Beam trawls have been the focus of environmental concern for decades, as it causes a substantial reduction in the abundance of animals living on the seabed. These effects can be...
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