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All Star Animators Recreate the Entire Ocean Online

All Star Animators Recreate the Entire Ocean Online | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Wemo Media has partnered with top animators from Avatar and Tron, the director of MIT's Media Lab and other high profile activists for an ambitious, underwater animation project called theBlu.
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» What 300 Sea Otters Can Tell Us About the Ocean

» What 300 Sea Otters Can Tell Us About the Ocean | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Scientists from the U.S. Geological survey have been capturing and studying sea otters as part of a new project to study the nearshore environment in the Pacific Northwest.
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Surfing the red tide – Boing Boing

"Phytoplankton are tiny, plant-like organisms that live in the ocean and are, basically, at the very bottom of the food chain. But, sometimes, they get their revenge. When lots and lots and lots of phytoplankton get together, they can form what we call a "red tide," a discoloration of the water at a particular point where the plankton have become densely concentrated."

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Ecology without Nature: Oceanic Acid

Ecology without Nature: Oceanic Acid | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"They are more acidic than they have been for 800 000 years, and levels of acidity at 2050 predicted levels have now been found off the Pacific Coast of America."

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Loggerhead turtles have internal GPS – Boing Boing

Loggerhead turtles have internal GPS – Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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PayPal Co-Founder to Fund Offshore Libertarian Utopia

PayPal Co-Founder to Fund Offshore Libertarian Utopia | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has pledged $1.25 million to the Seasteading Institute, which is looking to establish sovereign nations on oil-rig-like platforms in international waters.
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Beautiful intruders: the misplaced lionfish

Beautiful intruders:  the misplaced lionfish | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) populations have drastically exploded in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean in the past decade, and not without attracting some attention. The trouble ...
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The great penguin rescue: Dyan deNapoli on TED.com

A personal story, a collective triumph: Dyan deNapoli tells the story of the world’s largest volunteer animal rescue, which saved more than 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa.
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About That Salmon

Salmon farming is a problem everywhere, but, as it exists now in Chile, it is simply unsustainable.
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My Journey Started Just Over 3 Years Ago

My Journey Started Just Over 3 Years Ago | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
It has been just over 3 years now since I moved into my journey to help animals on many levels. Painting is my first and foremost skill that has changed my life.
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Algae beach party – Boing Boing

Algae beach party – Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Beachgoers in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, were met with a fuzzy, green blanket of ocean last week, as the water there exploded with algae.
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Climate Change Remobilizes …

Climate Change Remobilizes … | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Warming in the Arctic is causing the release of toxic chemicals long trapped in the region’s snow, ice, ocean and soil, according to a new study.
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Japan to test-drill for seabed 'burning ice'

Japan to test-drill for seabed 'burning ice' | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Japan will seek to extract natural gas from seabed deposits of methane hydrate, also known as 'burning ice', in the world's first such offshore experiment, a news report said Monday. (From Jim Lai's FB Page)
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New Zealand oil spill - in pictures

New Zealand oil spill - in pictures | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
Authorities prepare for the worst environmental disaster in the country's history after MV Rena runs aground on Bay of Plenty reef near port of Tauranga...
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#Occupy The Ocean

#Occupy The Ocean | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

By Special Guest Blogger, Wallace J. Nichols

The ocean is the single biggest feature of our planet.

From one million miles away we resemble a small blue marble, from one billion miles a pale ...

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Chris Jordan - Midway

Chris Jordan - Midway | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

"On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean."

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Forensic oceanology project presentation | Roundtable: Research Architecture

Forensic oceanology project presentation | Roundtable: Research Architecture | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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Live video from an underwater robot – Boing Boing

Live video from an underwater robot – Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
I'm currently at sea on the Research Vessel Thompson engaged in the Visions'11 expedition. We are working on the infrastructure for a cabled ocean observatory, part of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative.
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Here comes the Plastic Disclosure Project : Kaj Embrén

Here comes the Plastic Disclosure Project : Kaj Embrén | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it

About 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year. Only about 10 percent of that is recycled. Of the plastic that is simply trashed, an estimated seven million tons ends up in the sea each year.

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Arctic Ocean to lose ice faster than predicted: MIT

Arctic Ocean to lose ice faster than predicted: MIT | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says the most recent global climate report "fails to capture trends in Arctic sea-ice thinning and drift," and in some cases "substantially underestimates these trends."...
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Old photos of streetcars deposited in the ocean near Los Angeles (and the fish that love them) – Boing Boing

Old photos of streetcars deposited in the ocean near Los Angeles (and the fish that love them) – Boing Boing | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
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Collapsed cod fishery shows signs of life | Culturing Science, Scientific American Blog Network

Collapsed cod fishery shows signs of life | Culturing Science, Scientific American Blog Network | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
"Perhaps our species’s greatest misconception about the sea was that it is inexhaustible. The idea seems rather silly now, in a world where most people are familiar with the word “overfishing.” But men once gazed into the deep and imagined that it teemed with life so plentiful that we could take and take without ever running out."
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Anger rises ahead of the sea

Anger rises ahead of the sea | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
THE federal government warns that as many as 274,000 homes along Australia's coast could be swallowed by rising sea levels over the next 90 years, threatening streets, suburbs and perhaps even townships.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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» How Mosasaurs Slid Into the Sea

» How Mosasaurs Slid Into the Sea | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
"Since the early 1980’s, the story of how whales walked into the sea has become one of the most celebrated of all evolutionary transitions. Pakicetus, Ambulocetus, Rodhocetus, and many, many more – these fossil whales with legs have beautifully demonstrated how land-dwelling mammals became adapted to life at sea. But, between 50 and 40 million years ago or so, whales were just going through a transition that many other vertebrate groups had gone through before. They were not the first vertebrates to return to the sea, nor were they the last, and a paper recently published in Paleobiology by paleontologists Johan Lindgren, Michael Polcyn, and Bruce Young has traced the history of how a very different group of animals got their sea legs."
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David Wingate

David Wingate | Encounters with the ocean | Scoop.it
He is best known locally for the work he has done on Nonsuch Island, a limited access wildlife sanctuary in Bermuda. The restoration of the once barren island into a ‘Living Museum of pre-colonial Bermuda’ is Dr. Wingate’s lifetime work, and part of his effort to bring back from near-extinction Bermuda’s national bird, the Cahow.
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