‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Fossil Reveals Hungry Predator of Ancient Oceans

Titanokorys gainesi, turned up in the Canadian Rockies, was among the largest known predators 500 million years ago.

#british-columbia-canada, #burgess-shale-canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Why There’s Been a Sudden Population Crash for Rare Whales

North Atlantic right whales had been making a slow recovery, but ocean changes linked to global warming are pushing down their numbers again, scientists say.

#canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #gulf-of-maine, #gulf-of-st-lawrence, #oceanography-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

Here’s How Ida Quickly Strengthened Into a Monster

Climate change plays a role in the rapid intensification of storms, and in Ida’s case, other factors worked as well to ramp up winds in a matter of hours.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #oceans-and-seas, #weather, #wind

Satellites Spot Oceans Aglow With Trillions of Organisms

A new generation of detectors let scientists identify a dozen large episodes of bioluminescence, one a hundred times larger than Manhattan — and that’s the smallest.

#bioluminescence, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #indian-ocean, #indonesia, #light, #marine-biology, #microbiology, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Performance Piece That Pairs Painted Waves Alongside Real Ones

On view in Newport, R.I., Melissa McGill’s latest is an ode to nature and a reminder of our debt to it.

#art, #dancing, #melissa-mcgill, #newport-ri, #newport-restoration-foundation, #oceans-and-seas

The Wonders That Live at the Very Bottom of the Sea

Two new books, Edith Widder’s “Below the Edge of Darkness” and Helen Scales’s “The Brilliant Abyss,” explore the darkest reaches and all that glows there.

#below-the-edge-of-darkness-a-memoir-of-exploring-light-and-life-in-the-deep-sea-book, #books-and-literature, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #oceans-and-seas, #scales-helen, #the-brilliant-abyss-exploring-the-majestic-hidden-life-of-the-deep-ocean-and-the-looming-threat-that-imperils-it-book, #widder-edith

Learning to Love Solitude (and Hate Oatmeal) on a 15,534-Mile Canadian Trek

For six years, the filmmaker Dianne Whelan hiked, biked, paddled, snowshoed and skied from the Atlantic to the Pacific and north to the Arctic. Here’s what she learned along the way.

#canada, #dianne-whelan, #hiking, #indigenous-people, #oceans-and-seas, #travel-and-vacations

Jon Lindbergh, Aviator’s Son Who Took to the Sea, Dies at 88

Family triumph (Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight) and tragedy (the kidnapping “crime of the century”) shaped his early life, but he made his mark in the depths.

#deaths-obituaries, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lindbergh-anne-morrow, #lindbergh-charles-a, #lindbergh-jon, #oceans-and-seas, #submarines-and-submersibles

How the Moon ‘Wobble’ Affects Rising Tides and Flooding

Scientists say it’s less like a wobble and more like a slow, predictable cycle. And while the phenomenon will contribute to rising tides caused by climate change, it is just one of many factors.

#coastal-areas, #floods, #global-warming, #moon, #nature-climate-change-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research

Like in ‘Postapocalyptic Movies’: Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse

An early estimate points to a huge die-off along the Pacific Coast, and scientists say rivers farther inland are warming to levels that could be lethal for some kinds of salmon.

#british-columbia-canada, #california, #drought, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lakes, #marine-biology, #mollusks, #mussels, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rivers, #salmon, #starfish, #temperature

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

Sharks Nearly Went Extinct 19 Million Years Ago From Mystery Event

Analysis of the fossil record shows a mysterious mass extinction that decimated the diversity of sharks in the world’s oceans, and they’ve never fully recovered.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #sharks, #your-feed-science

In the Russian Arctic, the First Stirrings of a Very Cold War

Though the Russian military has little in common with liberal Western politicians or environmental groups like Greenpeace, it is taking ice melt in the Far North seriously.

#arctic-council, #arctic-ocean, #arctic-regions, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-warming, #oceans-and-seas, #russia

Iceberg Splits From Antarctica, Becoming World’s Largest

The iceberg broke off from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea this week, researchers said.

#antarctic-regions, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #national-ice-center, #oceans-and-seas, #research

Chad Kalepa Baybayan, Seafarer Who Sailed Using the Stars, Dies at 64

He was a torchbearer for the celestial navigation art known as wayfinding, which ancestral Polynesian sailors used to navigate the Pacific Ocean.

#baybayan-chad, #canoes-and-canoeing, #deaths-obituaries, #native-hawaiians, #navigation, #oceans-and-seas, #polynesia

Extraterrestrial Plutonium Atoms Turn Up on Ocean Bottom

The rare form of the element found on the Pacific seabed points to its violent birth in colliding stars.

#earth, #oceans-and-seas, #plutonium, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

Emissions Cuts Could Drop the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans by Half

A new study said that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce sea level rise from melting ice sheets from about 10 inches to about five by 2100.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #oceans-and-seas

Over 25,000 DDT-Tainted Barrels Are Discovered on Seafloor Off California

One researcher said the number of drums laced with the pesticide far exceeded his expectations. “It was hard to wrap my head around the density of targets,” he said.

#california, #ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography, #terrill-eric, #valentine-david-l-scientist, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Fukushima Wastewater Will Be Released Into the Ocean, Japan Says

The government says the plan is the best way to dispose of water used to prevent the ruined nuclear plant’s damaged reactor cores from melting.

#fukushima-japan, #fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-japan, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #nuclear-energy, #oceans-and-seas, #radiation, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-electric-power-co

The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots

Divers practicing blackwater photography are helping marine scientists gain new insights into fish larvae.

#animal-migration, #diving-and-divers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #ichthyologyherpetology-journal, #marine-biology, #oceans-and-seas, #photography, #research, #smithsonian-national-museum-of-natural-history, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

What’s Good for the Ocean May Also Be Good for Business

Companies are trying to prove that conservation, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration are profitable.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oceans-and-seas, #odlin-marty, #whales-and-whaling

George Bass, Archaeologist of the Ocean Floor, Dies at 88

He was called the father of underwater archaeology, finding treasures in shipwrecks around the world that illuminated ancient history.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bass-george-f-1932-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #diving-and-divers, #oceans-and-seas, #shipwrecks-historic, #turkey, #university-of-pennsylvania

The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.

Mars once had rivers, lakes and seas. Although the planet is now desert dry, scientists say most of the water is still there, just locked up in rocks.

#geology, #mars-planet, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #water

Looking for Climate Solutions? Protect More Ocean, Researchers Find.

Among the surprising findings in a new paper on marine ecosystems: Trawling releases as much planet-warming carbon each year as global aviation.

#biodiversity, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #sala-enric

Tiny Town, Big Decision: What Are We Willing to Pay to Fight the Rising Sea?

On the Outer Banks, homeowners in Avon are confronting a tax increase of almost 50 percent to protect their homes, the only road into town, and perhaps the community’s very existence.

#coast-erosion, #coastal-areas, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-carolina, #oceans-and-seas, #outer-banks-nc, #property-taxes

Aleksander Doba, Who Kayaked Across the Atlantic, Dies at 74

He hungered to paddle across an ocean so vast it seemed infinite. He did it three times, setting records and becoming a national hero in Poland.

#atlantic-ocean, #deaths-obituaries, #doba-alexsander-1946-2021, #kayaks, #oceans-and-seas, #poland, #records-and-achievements

America’s New Whale Is Now at Extinction’s Doorstep

Just 50 or so remain, eking it out in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservation-of-resources, #darwin-charles-robert, #drilling-and-boring, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-national-park, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida-panhandle, #genetics-and-heredity, #gulf-of-mexico, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #natural-gas, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

She Rowed Across the Atlantic, Joining a New Wave of Extreme Endurance Athletes

After 70 days 3 hours 48 minutes, Jasmine Harrison, 21, became the youngest woman to row an ocean. She is among a diverse set of endurance athletes to attempt the feat.

#antigua-and-barbuda, #oceans-and-seas, #records-and-achievements, #rowing

Seven Hundred Leagues Beneath Titan’s Methane Seas

Mars, Shmars; this voyager is looking forward to a submarine ride under the icebergs on Saturn’s strange moon.

#cassini-spacecraft, #oceans-and-seas, #planets, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #submarines-and-submersibles, #titan-saturn-moon, #your-feed-science

Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

The aquatic mammals’ sound waves penetrate into the rocks under the waves, which could assist seismologists’ surveys.

#earthquakes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geology, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #science-journal, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Watch This Billion-Year Journey of Earth’s Tectonic Plates

A new simulation offers a different view of how the continents we live on drifted into their current configuration.

#earth, #earth-science-reviews, #geology, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #your-feed-science

In the Oceans, the Volume Is Rising as Never Before

A new review of the scientific literature confirms that anthropogenic noise is becoming unbearable for undersea life.

#acoustics, #animals, #biodiversity, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #reefs, #ships-and-shipping, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Rebuild or Leave ‘Paradise’: Climate Change Dilemma Facing a Nicaraguan Coastal Town

Two major November hurricanes slammed into the same part of Nicaraguan coast, laying waste to the Miskito village of Haulover. Faced with a future of intensifying storms, the residents must now consider whether to abandon their way of life by the ocean and move inland.

#global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #migrants-environmental, #oceans-and-seas

Vendée Globe Sailing Race Reaches a Tight Finish

The boat that crossed the finish line third in the Vendée Globe ended up as the winner. Its skipper was credited with time lost while rescuing another sailor.

#boats-and-boating, #cape-horn, #france, #oceans-and-seas, #rescues, #sailboats-and-sailing, #thomson-alex-1974, #vendee-globe-challenge

Jellyfish Build Walls of Water to Swim Around the Ocean

One of nature’s most simple creatures has an elegant approach to propulsion.

#jellyfish, #oceans-and-seas, #physics, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #water

Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth

Linda Zall is disclosing how she toiled anonymously within the intelligence agency to help scientists intensify their studies of a changing planet.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #earth, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #global-warming, #gore-al, #oceans-and-seas, #russia, #satellites, #science-and-technology, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science, #zall-linda

Our Oceans, Our Future

To conquer the dual, interrelated crises of Covid-19 and climate change we have to start small, and dream big.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cousteau-jacques-yves, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oceans-and-seas

Hawaii’s Fresh Water Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

#aquifers, #geology, #hawaii-the-big-island, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #rivers, #science-advances-journal, #water, #your-feed-science

Australian Shark Attacks Jump, Raising Questions

Eight people have been fatally attacked this year, the most in nearly a century. But scientists say these numbers don’t tell the full story.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #australia, #beaches, #oceans-and-seas, #sharks, #surfing

These Items in Your Home Are Harming America’s Sea Animals

A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manatees, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

#carbon-dioxide, #coal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #geology, #geology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-geoscience-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #research, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?

In the abyss, everyone can hear you scream.

#acoustics, #animal-behavior, #biodiversity, #chen-chong, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #japan, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #recording-equipment, #ships-and-shipping, #volcanoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Americans May Add Five Times More Plastic to the Oceans Than Thought

The United States is using more plastic than ever, and waste exported for recycling is often mishandled, according to a new study.

#environment, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #united-states, #water-pollution

John Kerry: China’s Chance to Save Antarctic Sealife

Twenty-four countries and the E.U. have agreed to create three marine parks, which would ban fishing and other industrial activity. But to become a reality, China must also agree.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #oceans-and-seas

If the Shoe Floats

Over the decades, a mass of flotsam from a freighter accident has inspired scientific discovery, urban legend and, now, an art exhibition commemorating the Great Sneaker Spill of 1990.

#art, #brattleboro-vt, #great-sneaker-spill, #nike-inc, #oceans-and-seas, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #sneakers, #yoder-andy

Major Retailers in Britain Say No to Glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

#christmas, #containers-and-packaging, #great-britain, #john-lewis, #morrisons, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #pollution, #research, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #waitrose, #water-pollution

Hidden Beneath the Ocean’s Surface, Nearly 16 Million Tons of Microplastic

New research shows that the quantity of fragments embedded in the sea floor far exceeds the plastic floating on the ocean’s surface.

#australia, #great-australian-bight, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal

When Invasive Species Become the Meal

Is dining on nature’s predators an act of environmentalism — or just a new way for humans to bend the world to our will?

#2020-t-design, #conservation-of-resources, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #invasive-species, #lai-bun, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #thomas-robert-a, #wildlife-die-offs, #world-health-organization

Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change

The “blob” of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent.

#environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #oceans-and-seas, #sea-lions, #temperature

Nothing Eats Viruses, Right? Meet Some Hungry Protists

New genetic evidence builds the case that single-celled marine microbes might chow down on viruses.

#frontiers-in-microbiology, #microbiology, #oceans-and-seas, #protists, #research, #viruses, #your-feed-science