Oceans

Largest Ever Bleaching of Sea Sponges Recorded in New Zealand

Largest Ever Bleaching of Sea Sponges Recorded in New Zealand

Sea sponges are simple marine animals that have been around for about 600 million years. Their skeletons are dense and porous and they adapt well to their particular habitat, attaching themselves to different types of surfaces, from rocks and corals to soft sediments, like mud and sand. They have even been known to fasten themselves […]

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    Huge Mystery Spill Detected Off Coast of Sweden

    Huge Mystery Spill Detected Off Coast of Sweden

    According to the Swedish Coast Guard, a huge spill of some kind has been detected off the coast of Sweden, but the substance was unknown. The spill covered an area of 30 square miles in Finnish and Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea, reported The Guardian.  “What the spill consists of is still not clear […]

    Hudson Canyon Proposed as Next National Marine Sanctuary

    Hudson Canyon Proposed as Next National Marine Sanctuary

    President Biden has announced interest in designating the Hudson Canyon, located from the New York/New Jersey Harbor and stretching 400 nautical miles out to the ocean, as the next national marine sanctuary. The Hudson Canyon is the largest underwater canyon in the U.S. side of the Atlantic Ocean, reaching about 2 miles deep and over […]

    How Fishing May Contribute to Climate Change

    How Fishing May Contribute to Climate Change

    From coral bleaching to ocean acidification, there is lots of discussion about how the climate crisis harms marine life. But is it possible that the loss of undersea animals could actually worsen the impacts of climate change?  A study published in Science Advances last year found that the amount of carbon sequestered as fish dung […]

    Bacteria Found on Beach Plastic Could Be Public Health Risk

    Bacteria Found on Beach Plastic Could Be Public Health Risk

    Could plastic pollution make you sick?  A new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin found that it might. A research team from the University of Stirling in Scotland found that harmful bacteria including E. coli had colonized sewage waste like wet wipes that washed up on beaches in the area. “We all know that sewage […]