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Starfish Have Poor Vision, Are Color Blind

Starfish Have Poor Vision, Are Color Blind | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
When it comes to the power of sight, stafish fall a bit short, a new study finds.
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There's a "polar vortex" sweeping across America, and it is NASTY

There's a "polar vortex" sweeping across America, and it is NASTY | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
A spiraling pool of cold, dense, arctic air called a "polar vortex" began its frigid sweep of the U.S. today. "It's just a dangerous cold," said National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye this morning.
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This Snow Shark Blows Your Snowman Out Of The Water

This Snow Shark Blows Your Snowman Out Of The Water | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
A snow sculpture crafted by three teens in Minnesota is about to put all other snowmen to shame.
Created by Austin, Connor and Trevor Bartz of New Brighton, the snow shark is about 10 feet tall.
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Strange Historic Photos From Antarctica and Other Kingdoms of Ice

Strange Historic Photos From Antarctica and Other Kingdoms of Ice | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Right now, a science expedition to Antarctica is trapped in ice, waiting to be freed so they can continue exploring. They're just the latest group of humans to venture into the unpredictable, frozen world of the South Pole and beyond.
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National Geographic's Year in Review Shows The World At Its Most Incredible (VIDEO)

National Geographic's Year in Review Shows The World At Its Most Incredible (VIDEO) | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Broad-bowed ships cracked Arctic ice, lions pawed at surreptitious cameras, and telescopes recalibrated to more accurately capture the expanse of space.
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Atlantic cod actively avoid CO2 and predator odour, even after long-term CO2 exposure

Atlantic cod actively avoid CO2 and predator odour, even after long-term CO2 exposure | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
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The rising atmospheric CO2 level is continuously driving the dissolution of more CO2 into the oceans, and some emission scenarios project that the surface waters may reach 1000 muatm by the end of the century.
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100-year-old negatives from the Ross Sea Party found in Antarctica

100-year-old negatives from the Ross Sea Party found in Antarctica | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust has announced an exciting find: 22 never-before-seen cellulose nitrate negatives discovered inside Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition base at Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica.
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Sea water acidification affects osmotic swelling, regulatory volume decrease and discharge in nematocytes of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca

Sea water acidification affects osmotic swelling, regulatory volume decrease and discharge in nematocytes of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Background: Increased acidification/PCO2 of sea water is a threat to the environment and affects the homeostasis of marine animals.
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Federal Officials Enforce Ship Speed Limits To Protect Endangered Whales - GPB

Federal Officials Enforce Ship Speed Limits To Protect Endangered Whales - GPB | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
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Federal Officials Enforce Ship Speed Limits To Protect Endangered Whales
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used the law to enforce speed limits on a temporary basis five years ago.
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New companies yet to show interest in 3 deep sea blocks - DhakaTribune

New companies yet to show interest in 3 deep sea blocks - DhakaTribune | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
New companies yet to show interest in 3 deep sea blocks DhakaTribune No new companies have shown interests in exploring oil and gas in three deep sea blocks out in the Bay of Bengal even though two months have passed since the state-run Petrobangla...
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Swarm Of Biting Fish Injure More Than 70 Bathers Near Rosario, Argentina

Swarm Of Biting Fish Injure More Than 70 Bathers Near Rosario, Argentina | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A swarm of biting fish injured more than 70 people who were bathing at a popular beach in Argentina on Christmas, a medical official said on Thursday.
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The Dramatic Expanse of Antarctica's Noctilucent Clouds

It's summer at the South Pole, which means it's time for the frozen continent's noctilucent clouds to make an appearance.
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This weird deep-sea worm has a dick on its head - Grist

This weird deep-sea worm has a dick on its head - Grist | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
This weird deep-sea worm has a dick on its head
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The bone-eating snot-flower worm (or Osedax mucofloris if you wanna get prissy) was just discovered less than a decade ago, on the ocean floor — and it's hella weird.
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Pacific coral happy as acidity of the ocean rises

Pacific coral happy as acidity of the ocean rises | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
COULD corals survive ocean acidification against the odds? That’s the hope raised by reefs found to be thriving in naturally acidified waters.
Corals use the carbonate ions in water to build their skeletons from calcium carbonate.
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New sponge species discovered on Taiwan's coral reefs - WantChinaTimes

New sponge species discovered on Taiwan's coral reefs - WantChinaTimes | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
WantChinaTimes New sponge species discovered on Taiwan's coral reefs WantChinaTimes Researchers from the United States and Taiwan have recently discovered an apparent new species of marine sponge that helps feed coral reef communities around the...
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All 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy have now been rescued.

All 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy have now been rescued. | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
All 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy have now been rescued. The ship had been trapped in Antarctic ice for nearly 10 days.
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Three Reasons Why Fukushima Radiation Has Nothing to Do with Starfish ... - Deep-Sea News

Three Reasons Why Fukushima Radiation Has Nothing to Do with Starfish ... - Deep-Sea News | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Three Reasons Why Fukushima Radiation Has Nothing to Do with Starfish ...
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This invited post is authored by Chris Mah, a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History researcher.
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Marian Locksley's curator insight, January 2, 2014 3:39 AM

Speculation has suggested bacterial or viral sources. But invertebrate diseases can be complicated. The disease only seems to affect sea stars. Nothing else.  This implies a biological cause with a very specific relationship. Possibly a bacteria or virus. But just as possibly some other type of infection resulting from a protist or fungi?

It also seems possible that it could be a disease similar to coral bleaching, where subcuticular bacteria of sea stars (as documented here)  might be affected adversely. Or perhaps a combination? In conjunction with some environmental change, such as water temperature?  The original series of papers by Amanda Bates indicated there was an association of the diseae with water temperature.

Our study of this event has just begun. Ongoing data collection and research have started. We shall see where it takes us…

 

>>  STEW in comments says 'How do you come up with the fact that ( even as the radiation is spewing from reactor 3 today) there is NO connection to RAIDS?

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Local factors cause dramatic spikes in coastal ocean acidity - Phys.Org

Local factors cause dramatic spikes in coastal ocean acidity - Phys.Org | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Local factors cause dramatic spikes in coastal ocean acidity
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Seasonal variability of sea surface carbonate chemistry and temperature

Seasonal variability of sea surface carbonate chemistry and temperature | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Ocean uptake of anthropogenic CO2 causes ocean acidification, a secular, global-scale decline in the pH of seawater.
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Female whale shark satellite-tagged in Gujarat - indiatvnews.com

Female whale shark satellite-tagged in Gujarat - indiatvnews.com | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
indiatvnews.com Female whale shark satellite-tagged in Gujarat indiatvnews.com Ahmedabad: In a step towards learning more about the world's biggest fish, the whale shark, a female of the species was yesterday successfully satellite tagged near...
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Deep sea creatures found off Rockall 'new to science' - BBC News

Deep sea creatures found off Rockall 'new to science' - BBC News | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
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Deep sea creatures found off Rockall 'new to science'
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Four animals previously unknown to science have been discovered in deep water off Scotland, the Scottish government has said.
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Sponges erode coral reef under acidification scenarios - Science Network Western Australia

Sponges erode coral reef under acidification scenarios - Science Network Western Australia | Amocean OceanScoops | Scoop.it
Sponges erode coral reef under acidification scenarios
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sponge breathinggreendye_Max Wisshak In order to breath and to eat, sponges filter water.
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Panamanian tanker stuck on Bintan Sea reef - Jakarta Post

Panamanian tanker stuck on Bintan Sea reef
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Panamanian tanker Awang Bazao ran aground on a coral reef in the Bintan Sea, Riau Islands, on Wednesday evening.
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Icebreakers rush to help ship trapped in Antarctic ice

(Reuters) - Three icebreakers are en route to an area off the coast of Antarctica to help free a vessel carrying 74 people, including a scientific expedition team, which is stranded in thick sheets of ice, officials said on Thursday.
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