55-Foot Beached Chinese 'Sea Monster' Identified →
Image credit: www.thesun.co.uk - Jennifer Vieges, Discovery News; Friday, June 24 “According to multiple media reports, a 55-foot-long marine animal recently washed up dead on a beach at Guangdong, China. You can see its decaying body in the above image. Now the question is: What’s this species that beach goers are calling a ‘sea monster?’ Live Science showed the photo...
New York legalizes gay marriage →
Today - for all of the people I love whom this directly affects, for all of humanity - I am proud to be a New Yorker.
Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally... →
mad-as-a-marine-biologist: An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. The preliminary report arises from a ‘State of the Oceans’ workshop co-hosted by IUCN in April, the first ever to consider the cumulative impact of all pressures on the oceans. Considering the latest ...
Japanese Whalers Find Radioactive Whales →
From Discovery News - Kieran Mulvaney, Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:01 PM ET Japanese officials have announced that at least two minke whales caught by whalers off the coast of Hokkaido have been found to contain levels of radioactive cesium, likely as a result of the accident at Fukushima nuclear plant that was set in motion by the March 11 tsunami. The whales were caught, not by the...
Mad as a Marine Biologist: The Virgin Crayfish →
mad-as-a-marine-biologist: ** PARTHENOGENESIS: This is how arthropods are going to take over the world.** In what appears to be a biological first, researchers have discovered an invasive crayfish that can produce little nippers without sperm from a male. Czech scientists were surprised to find that female…
Mass Extinction Victim Survives: Snail Long... →
ScienceDaily (June 3, 2011) — Think “mass extinction” and you probably envision dinosaurs dropping dead in the long-ago past or exotic tropical creatures being wiped out when their rainforest habitats are decimated. But a major mass extinction took place in North America in the first half of the 20th century, when 47 species of mollusk disappeared after the watershed in which they...
Scientists Argue Against Conclusion That Bacteria... →
ScienceDaily, (May 29, 2011) - A technical comment published in the May 27 edition of the journal Science casts doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon well. The debate has implications for the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem as well as for predictions of the effect of global warming, said...