marine life

How Marine Life Has Been Depleted Over the Ages

May 28, 2009 / No Comments

In the early 1800s, the ocean around New Zealand contained about 27,000 southern right whales – that is, about 30 times more than today. This has been revealed in one of several startling reconstructions of ocean life in olden days and presented at the Census of Marine Life conference on May 26-28, 2009, in Denmark. [caption id="attachment_5304" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Night Fishing ...

The First “Comprehensive Inventory” of Life in Antarctica

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

A research team from British Antarctic Survey and the University of Hamburg have completed the first "comprehensive inventory" of marine life and land species in Antarctica. While the rest of the world is worried about a recession, the critters on the seabed are teaming. The group's inventory includes over 1,200 marine and land species. Most of the creatures live on the ...

Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct

June 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

An Endangered Sea Dragon is Pregnant. That's the good news. The bad news is we are saying good-bye to the Caribbean monk seal. Also known as the West Indian monk seal, sadly The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) declared it extinct. Gone. No more. The cause? Tremendous hunting pressure for food, blubber and research. Research as in how ...

Endangered Sea Dragon Pregnant

June 17, 2008 / No Comments

Happy Father's Day to a weedy sea dragon at the Georgia Aquarium. Apparently, the sea dragon, along with sea horses and pipe fish are the only species where the male carries the eggs. And, a Georgia Aquarium sea dragon has about 70 fertilized eggs that he is carrying. It's only the third time ever that one of these rare birds, um, ...

Charles Moore : We are damned to a future of plastic pollution

March 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Charles Moore is an oceanographer that spent over a decade investigating the Pacific Ocean. On February 23 he returned from a 5 weeks successful research voyage with terrifying results. Apparently a "garbage island" twice the size of the United States located, located between California, Hawaii and Japan is full of plastics and is held in place by underwater currents. Warning ...