Oceans in the News

I'm sorry to tell you that after 12 years I will no longer continue this page. I do not teach this class any more, and have other commitments. I'll keep the page open, for what it's worth, but won't be adding new material.

Oceans in the News

  • March 28, 2012. Dead monster washes ashore in South Carolina. Discovery news item

  • March 2, 2012. The oceans are acidifying as a result of high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. They may reach levels not seen since some large extinctions hit the global ecosystem. Wired.com

  • February 13, 2012. Shark vs shark on the Great Barrier Reef. Mind where you put your toes, in case the wobbegong is waiting! National Geograhic News

  • February 2, 2012. A giant iceberg threatens to break off a big Antarctic glacier. National Geographic News

  • February 1, 2012. Treasure looted from a seafloor Spanish galleon must be returned to Spain. The Guardian

  • February 1, 2012. Deal to salvage a potential treasure from HMS Victory, which sank in the English Channel in 1744. New York Times

  • February 1, 2012. Jellyfish swarms, possibly a sign of ecological damage to the oceans. http://www.nature.com/news/marine-ecology-attack-of-the-blobs-1.9929"> Nature News

  • January 8, 2012. Wave energy being generated at Newport Beach, California. Los Angeles Times

  • January 8, 2012. Cargo ship breaks up on the New Zealand shore, raising fears of more pollution. Terra Daily

  • January 8, 2012. Shark finning is not just done by industrial fleets. Terra Daily

  • December 13, 2011. The Japanese whaling fleet has arrived in Antarctica, aiming to kill about 900 whales. Terra Daily

  • December 5, 2011. Tuna stocks worldwide are on the edge of failure. Science magazine news

  • October 28, 2011. Hagfish can be predators as well as scavengers. (If you're really a bad person, you may be reincarnated as a banded redfish.) Open access at Nature Scientific Reports

  • October 14, 2011. Huge cargo of silver may be salvaged from a World War II ship sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat.

  • October 4, 2011. Japan plans to go ahead with another season of Antarctic "scientific" whaling. BBC News

  • September 8, 2011. The President of Kiribati would like the world to build a floating man-made "island" to house his people, who are threatened by rising sea levels. The Independent

  • September 6, 2011. Look out, Antarctica: here come giant red crabs! Global warming has apparently allowed red crabs to reach Antarctic waters, where they are likely to cause unknown but serious levels of ecosystem disruption. BBC News

  • September 1, 2011. Aerial photos of Hurricane Irene damage. Great tears in the Outer Banks.

  • August 19, 2011. The huge Japanese tsunami of last March was seen by radar as it approached California. This technology could become vefry important in tsunami warning systems. Terra Daily

  • August 15, 2011. New pirate activity: this time in the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa). Terra Daily

  • August 8, 2011. The last of the lobstermen in Long Island Sound. New York Times. If you want it, download it now before they start charging for it.

  • August 4, 2011. Aerial view of the famous shoreline change at Ocean City, Maryland, by the construction of jetties. NASA Earth Observatory

  • August 1, 2011. The global navigation of leatherback turtles. Wired Science

  • July 21, 2011. Messing with great white sharks: look out! BBC News

  • July 21, 2011. Jellyfish increasing in British waters. (They closed a nuclear power plant, for example!) BBC News

  • July 20, 2011. Why dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, wear sponges on their beaks. A wonderful piece of arcana, published on PLoS: I'll add the link when I've had time to read it.

  • July 20, 2011. Whale hunters versus whale watchers in Iceland. Terra Daily

  • SLOWLY UPDATING VACATION GAP
  • June 21, 2011. The fastest sealevel rise in 2000 years is happening along the Atlantic coast of the USA. The paper is said to be in PNAS. Terra Daily

  • June 17, 2011. As the Mississippi flood waters reach the Gulf of Mexico, they are likely to produce a record large dead zone. This is because of all the fertilizer and manure they carry from Midwest farmland. Terra Daily.

  • June 14, 2011. The amazing strobe squid. Brian Switek on Laelaps blog

  • June 14, 2011. The global scope and impact of aquaculture. BBC News opinion piece The report the news piece refers to is here

  • June 13, 2011. Major Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards are back in business after environmental laws are gutted. Terra Daily

  • June 6, 2011. Very large sturgeon population invades San Pablo Bay (San Francisco Bay). LA Times, June 1, 2011.

  • May 27, 2011. The recovery of Blackbeard's anchor. BBC News

  • May 27, 2011. Great story about the habits of the whale shark. Terra Daily

  • May 27, 2011. The beaches of Benidorm have been assailed by flotillas of jellyfish. The British tourists won't care as long as there's fish and chips and beer. Terra Daily

  • May 27, 2011. Great diversity in marine species around the South Atlantic island of South Georgia. Terra Daily

  • May 15, 2011. The Danes nail a Somali pirate "mother ship". Terra Daily. Previous stories: May 6, May 1.

  • May 10, 2011. News is never all bad. The Japanese post-tsunami crisis means that they won't be importing fin whale meat from Iceland this year. Iceland News

  • May 6, 2011. Probably a bad mistake: Somali pirates have seized a Chinese cargo ship in the Indian Ocean. Terra Daily. See previous story from May 1.

  • May 2, 2011. Terrific krill boom this year in some Antarctic waters, and the humpback whales are gorging on it. Terra Daily

  • May 2, 2011. The amazing eyes (and behavior) of box jellyfish. The paper is in Current Biology. Terra Daily

  • May 1, 2011. The Somali pirates and international shipping: the game is changing. Terra Daily

  • May 1, 2011. Yet another technique to try to save Venice from persistent flooding. Terra Daily

  • April 25, 2011. The Japanese tsunami devastated scallop farms in Chile! Terra Daily

  • April 20, 2011. Proposal for saving the Baltic Sea. It would mimic natural "overturning". Terra Daily

  • April 8, 2011. The EU is threatening action to stop the flow of plastic into the Mediterranean: 500 tons of it in 250 billion little pieces! Terra Daily

  • March 29, 2011. The surface waters of the Arctic Ocean have 20% more fresh water than they used to. The effects on global circulation, and especially on the North Atlantic, are unknown. Terra Daily

  • March 28, 2011. Capelin -- "the fish that will save Iceland" (!!) Iceland Review Online

  • March 8, 2011. New giant seamounts discovered in the South Atlantic. Press release from Scripps

  • March 6, 2011. New shark park in Costa Rican waters. National Geographic News

  • February 23, 2011. Coral reefs are heading for crisis. BBC News

  • February 18, 2011. The Japanese whaling fleet heads home early, citing "harassment" by Sea Shepherd. They gave killed 172 whales in the Southern Ocean, 20% of their "research" target. Terra Daily

  • February 11, 2011. Wreck of a famous whaling ship found in the Pacific.

  • February 10, 2011. Pirates seize two oil tankers in two days. Christian Science Monitor For previous stories, scroll down to January 20, 2011.

  • January 26, 2011. The shape of the seahorse. The paper is in Nature Communications.