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Ocean Microplastics Are Drastically Underestimated, New Research Suggests

Ocean Microplastics Are Drastically Underestimated, New Research Suggests

New research suggests there may be far more microplastics in the ocean than initially estimated. Microplastics, which breakdown into miniscule pieces of plastic are notoriously tricky to catch. Their small size allows them to get buried in ocean sediment and to escape through nets. Now, a team of researchers, led by scientists at the Plymouth […]

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    NOAA Offers $20,000 to Help Solve Brutal Florida Dolphin Murders

    NOAA Offers $20,000 to Help Solve Brutal Florida Dolphin Murders

    Government officials are offering an up to $20,000 reward for information that helps solve two brutal Florida dolphin murders. The first dolphin was discovered shot or stabbed late last week by biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission off of Naples, Florida, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reported Tuesday. The second […]

    This Penguin Colony Has Fallen by 77% on Antarctic Islands

    This Penguin Colony Has Fallen by 77% on Antarctic Islands

    The climate crisis is taking a toll on Antarctica‘s chinstrap penguins. Scientists on a Greenpeace expedition to Antarctica found that the penguins’ numbers were falling, with one colony decreasing by 77 percent in nearly 50 years. This is especially surprising because, up until now, the chinstrap penguin has been considered a species of “least concern” […]

    US Court Upholds Ruling on Vast Marine Monument Established by Obama

    US Court Upholds Ruling on Vast Marine Monument Established by Obama

    By Jon Queally Defenders of ocean habitats celebrated Friday after a federal court upheld a lower court ruling defending the right of the U.S. executive branch to set aside marine areas as national monuments. Citing the authority found under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish marine national monuments, the U.S. Court of Appeals in […]

    First North Atlantic Right Whale Calf of the Season Spotted off Georgia Coast

    First North Atlantic Right Whale Calf of the Season Spotted off Georgia Coast

    Good news whale lovers! The first critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf of the season has been spotted off the coast of Georgia, a Daytona Beach News-Journal story published by USA Today reported Wednesday. The mother and her calf were first spotted by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium‘s aerial survey teams on Monday, Dec. 16, […]

    Thousands of ‘Penis Fish’ Appear on California Beach

    Thousands of ‘Penis Fish’ Appear on California Beach

    A photographer came across a strange sight when he walked along a Northern California beach last week: thousands of sausage-shaped, 10-inch worms stretching for miles down the beach. “I haven’t seen anything like that before,” David Ford, the photographer, told the Marin Independent Journal. So he wrote in to Bay Nature’s “Ask the Naturalist” column […]