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One of the craziest sea creatures you'll ever see. *****To find a mate, male white spotted puffer fish spend a week building these elaborate sand circles. Doing our bit for the ocean, and happy! – National Geographic Society (blogs) Today is our last day at sea after a truly terrific expedition.

Doing our bit for the ocean, and happy! – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Like all of the very best expeditions, ours was highly ambitious, and at times it felt impossible. But we not only completed all of our targets; thanks to this extraordinary team, we exceeded them! This has been hugely successful and enjoyable deep-sea expedition. We are coming home at the perfect moment, as today is World Ocean Day and also another key day at the UN Ocean Conference. For us ocean-lovers these global events are good news, and they have helped build an unprecedented level of awareness and smart actions in ocean conservation.

The numbers tell the story: 'Polar oceans in a changing climate' by @BAS_News covers climate change, marine biology & POO!! @CurrentBiology. Thousands of giant jellyfish are massing off beaches of south-west Britain  Tens of thousands of giant jellyfish are swarming off one of Britain's most popular stretch of coastline this Bank Holiday.

Thousands of giant jellyfish are massing off beaches of south-west Britain 

Record numbers of the 5ft long monsters - which weigh five stone each - were spotted off the Dorset coast. The unprecedented invasion of barrel jellyfish may due to over fishing which leaves fewer predators to eat them when they are young and smaller. Not often you go out on a boat in the #Falklands and have a Southern Right #Whale at the end of your boat! #FalklandsFriday. 'Faceless' fish missing for more than a century rediscovered by Australian scientists.

A “faceless” deep-sea fish not seen for more than a century has been rediscovered by scientists trawling the depths of a massive abyss off Australia’s east coast, along with “amazing” quantities of rubbish.

'Faceless' fish missing for more than a century rediscovered by Australian scientists

The 40cm fish was rediscovered 4km below sea level in waters south of Sydney by scientists from Museums Victoria and the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on the weekend. Dr Tim O’Hara, the chief scientist and expedition leader, who is a senior curator of marine invertebrates at Museums Victoria, said it was the first time the fish had been seen in waters off Australia since 1873, when one was dredged up by a British ship near Papua New Guinea. “This little fish looks amazing because the mouth is actually situated at the bottom of the animal so, when you look side-on, you can’t see any eyes, you can’t see any nose or gills or mouth,” O’Hara said via satellite phone from the research vessel Investigator on Wednesday. *****Night ops at Grattan seamount. @will_g_c demos sci-art sketching planktamazeballs & our camera lander is hassled by sharks! #marinebiology. Water Worlds: Mapping #Ocean Chlorophyll Levels @mvisbeck @GlobSols #OceanOptimism #SaveOurOceans #T20Germany #YGC17.

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Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-NJ), Bill Nelson, (D-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the “Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act’’ a bill to ban oil, gas and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the Atlantic Ocean. The bill will prohibit the use of seismic airgun blasting -- a disruptive and potentially economically damaging method of surveying offshore oil and gas reserves -- in the North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida. “Offshore fossil fuel exploration of any kind in the Atlantic poses a direct and serious threat to New Jersey’s economy and environment. It happens only in Australia. A shark swimming along a crocodile in Kimberly river.

In case you don't already use this word, add it to your vocabulary #PysgodWibliWobli. Today in Ladybird 26 May 1956 the Jaques Cousteau film The Silent World is released #BKnight. 3 whales dancing under a boat during a sea trip in August 2016 in New Caledonia #ThrowbackThursday. *****This tiny, remote island has barely been touched by humans - but it's home to 38 million pieces of our trash. An uninhabited Pacific island thousands of miles away from the nearest city has been named as the most plastic-polluted place on earth.

*****This tiny, remote island has barely been touched by humans - but it's home to 38 million pieces of our trash

Image: PNAS. *****This remote island has barely been touched by humans - but it's home to 38 million pieces of our trash #environment. Second starfish of the season spotted bathing in a rock pool. #StarFish #SeaStar #Kenfig #Sker. *****Albatrosses counted from space (remote sensing; GIS) Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists have started counting individual birds from space.

*****Albatrosses counted from space (remote sensing; GIS)

They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses. This endangered animal nests almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. The audit, led by experts at the British Antarctic Survey, represents the first time any species on Earth has had its entire global population assessed from orbit. The scientists report the satellite technique in Ibis, a journal of the British Ornithologists' Union. Plenty of plastic washed up on #Sker & #Kenfig - this @NorthSomersetC #recycling box still has the owners address! #TwoMinuteBeachClean. In case you've never seen a crab □ eating a cherry □ Sea lion babies roll in sand for sun protection. Adapting to the environment: Bajau Laut sustainable fishing. Seagrass ecosystems offer various #environmental benefits to the areas they are part of. Read what we do to protect.

*****What does a pom-pom crab do if it loses one of its pom-poms? I have a new all-time favourite FT comment - It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) Cow-nose stingrays migrate in large groups called “fevers”. *****Great Barrier Reef at 'terminal stage': scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data. Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found.

*****Great Barrier Reef at 'terminal stage': scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events is unprecedented for the reef, and will give damaged coral little chance to recover. Scientists with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies last week completed aerial surveys of the world’s largest living structure, scoring bleaching at 800 individual coral reefs across 8,000km. The results show the two consecutive mass bleaching events have affected a 1,500km stretch, leaving only the reef’s southern third unscathed. Where last year’s bleaching was concentrated in the reef’s northern third, the 2017 event spread further south, and was most intense in the middle section of the Great Barrier Reef.

*****As coral on Great Barrier Reef bleaches for second year in a row, a reminder of sea temperature trends in the region. Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building. #Onthisday 1967: Bombs were dropped on the shipwrecked supertanker Torrey Canyon. *****This incredible animation shows how deep the ocean really by @sai ( 1 feet = 0,305 meters ) Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem, we need to tackle #plasticpollution at the source.

Simple but effective. Compulsory use of bird scaring devises is one of a suite of measures used in #SGFisheries to protect our #albatross. Best way to count #whales? From space of course! (For some species at least...) Read more from BAS's @PeterTFretwell. Fifty years ago, the supertanker SS Torrey Canyon oil spill was the UK's worst environmental accident. Here's a look at what unfolded.

Amazing video by @PlanktonPundit captures moment plastic enters food chain. 10 Hours of Ambient Arctic Sounds Will Help You Relax, Meditate, Study & Sleep. Not too long ago, we featured for you 4 hours of ambient music created by Moby, all of which you can download for free, and use to sleep, meditate, do yoga and generally not panic.

10 Hours of Ambient Arctic Sounds Will Help You Relax, Meditate, Study & Sleep

Sound timely? Then download away. Perhaps taking a cue from Moby, the Relax Sleep ASMR YouTube channel has also assembled a “video” offering 10 hours of Arctic ambient music, featuring the sounds of the frozen ocean, ice cracking, snow falling, [an] icebreaker idling and [a] distant howling wind sound.” Click play above and you can enjoy “white noise sounds generated by the wind and snow falling, combined with deep low frequencies with delta waves from the powerful … idling engines” of a Polar Icebreaker. Very chill. Follow Open Culture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and Flipboard and share intelligent media with your friends.

Simple 3D content can grab you, just because it's interesting. Take, for example, a seal swimming around the Bering Sea. *****A beautiful tail for #WorldWildlifeDay When this family freed a whale she thanked them HT @tweetipy @dodo Thanks @gwcwhale. Very regrettable statement by @kellyslater. Sharks are absolutely crucial for a healthy ocean.

Location of Shark Attacks in the U.S. #Animals #USA. 4/19/2016 @ProfTerryHughes "I showed the results of aerial surveys of #bleaching on the #GreatBarrierReef to my students, And then we wept." The Pacific Ocean is Larger Than All Land On Earth. Map by Chris Stephens, from naturalearthdata.com While I’m sure you know the Pacific Ocean is big, I’d say there’s a good chance you hadn’t realized how big, until you look at the map above.

The Pacific Ocean is Larger Than All Land On Earth

As difficult as it may be to believe, the Pacific Ocean is larger than the landmass of every single continent and island combined. In numbers: The Pacific Ocean covers: 165.25 million square kilometers The Earth’s Land Mass covers: 148.94 million square kilometers. 5 gyres ocean garbage patches #plastic #pollution. Cod in a cold climate – in pictures. 'Whale Found Off West Coast of Norway With 30 Plastic Bags In Its Stomach' @TheNordicPage #pollution. The cute Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker fish is chubby, almost- spherical with an adhesive pelvic disc. Sail Away from Plastic Seas – with Science. As a kid, I hated science – few things bored me more.

Sail Away from Plastic Seas – with Science

So, it may seem surprising that I am now, at age 30, a professional scientist – a marine biologist, actually. I earned a Ph.D. in 2015 and have spent the past decade investigating how marine ecosystems function so that we can better protect them and all that they offer humankind. I changed my tune about science when I was in college, because it was there that I discovered that science is not a collection of “boring facts” but is, instead, an exhilarating process of discovery that literally cuts the edge of human knowledge. I discovered this through personal experiences doing science in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Caribbean, and as part of a research expedition, sailing from Mexico to Tahiti.

Four 30-ton whales swimming silently below a paddle boarder. 3D ocean map tracks ecosystems in unprecedented detail. Keith VanGraafeiland & Sean Breyer/Esri This ecological marine unit (EMU) map shows variations in water conditions off the coast of Ireland. Oceanographers are carving up the world’s seas like the last of the holiday turkey. A new 3D map sorts global water masses — from deep, frigid circumpolar waters to the oxygen-starved Black Sea — into 37 categories. ***Ecosystem services: Ocean Acidification Could Cost the World its Coral... and a Trillion Dollars. Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts. The report was released on Wednesday by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which has been assessing the economic impacts climate change and degrading biodiversity could have on the world.

The report, called "An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity," details how the ocean's acidity has seen a 26 percent increase over the past 250 years, resulting in a current pH of 8.0 - about 0.1 less basic overall than it was in the mid-18th century. The oceans are expected to go through the same net change again, dropping to a pH level of 7.9 by the end of the century. Sperm whaling grounds of the Nineteenth Century based on logbook records dating from 1821-1899 / New York: [19??] #…

Anyone for fishchips? A brief history of the oft-fractious relationship between chips and assorted marine life. Colony of eels trying to catch plankton as the current pushes them by. Blue Whales Can't Avoid Large Ships, Says Stanford Biologist – gCaptain. Rescuers Try to Save Giant Blue Whale Trapped in Fishing Gear. A first-of-its-kind rescue operation resumed today off the coast of Southern California as crews attempt to disentangle an 80-foot-long (24 meter) blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) from crab trap lines. The entangled whale was spotted on Monday afternoon about three to four miles (four to six and a half kilometers) off the coast of Orange County, California. Initially reported by a whale watching vessel operated by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, the whale appeared to have 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) of crabbing lines and buoys wound around it.

According to Michael Milstein, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the crabbing lines appear to run along the length of the whale's body, possibly passing through its mouth, and they are clearly wrapped around one of its pectoral flippers. New forecast tool helps ships avoid blue whale hotspots. Scientists have long used satellite tags to track blue whales along the West Coast, learning how the largest animals on the planet find enough small krill to feed on to support their enormous size. Now researchers from NOAA Fisheries, Oregon State University and the University of Maryland have combined that trove of tracking data with satellite observations of ocean conditions to develop the first system for predicting locations of blue whales off the West Coast. The system, called WhaleWatch, produces monthly maps of blue whale "hotspots" to alert ships where there may be an increased risk of encountering these endangered whales.

NOAA Fisheries has begun publicly posting the maps on its West Coast Region website each month. Gbr reference map. Love Wins. Love Wins. Love Wins. Number of plastic bags found on UK beaches falls by nearly half. The number of plastic carrier bags found on UK beaches has dropped by almost half, according to conservationists. The Marine Conservation Society said the introduction of a 5p levy on single-use plastic bags in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the past five years was instrumental in the reduction. According to the charity’s annual Great British Beach Clean report, there were 11 plastic bags per 100 metres of coastline cleaned in 2015, on average. This year, however, there was just under seven, which is a decrease of almost 40% and the lowest number in the past 10 years. The charity began calling for action on single-use carrier bags in shops back in 2008 and was instrumental in getting a levy introduced in Wales in 2011, Northern Ireland in 2013, Scotland in 2014 and England last October.

Royal Navy Admits Causing Whale Deaths. UK faces European court for failing to protect porpoises. The UK will be hauled before the European court of justice for failing to provide safe habitats for harbour porpoises, the European commission said on Thursday. Noise buffer zone to protect orcas. Killer whale advocates in British Columbia describe a federal petition submitted in the U.S. to create a safe foraging zone for southern resident killer whales as "a bold move that needs to happen.

" Climate change at the Great Barrier Reef is intergenerational theft. That's why my son's in this story. The short film I’ve made with the Guardian stars my son, Toma, aged four years and five months. That’s a little scary for me to write, since, up until this moment, my husband, Avi, and I have been pretty careful about protecting him from public exposure. Australia’s marine reserves. 'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows. The vast patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean is far worse than previously thought, with an aerial survey finding a much larger mass of fishing nets, plastic containers and other discarded items than imagined.

The Eco Impact of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Unless you were living under a reef in 2003, you probably watched the Disney Pixar box-office smash Finding Nemo at least three times. Royal Navy Admits Causing Whale Deaths. Google Maps. Ominous Dead Zone grows in Gulf of Mexico. Greenland sharks: older than time. How Lobsters Eat Jellyfish Without Harm From Venomous Stingers – National Geographic Society (blogs) Dr.