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52 #rescued sea #turtles return to ocean at Little Talbot Island

52 #rescued sea #turtles return to ocean at Little Talbot Island | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
While rescue workers gave each other high-fives and curious beachgoers gathered to watch, the turtles pulled themselves toward the surf — not always in a straight line — and swam into the ocean waves.

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The 52 sea turtles that flippered themselves into the surf Sunday at Little Talbot Island took an incredible journey from near death in New England to new beginnings in Northeast Florida.

 

After being rescued along the Massachusetts coast last November and December before they froze to death, the sea turtles were nursed back to health and then released from the beach of Little Talbot Island, the coastal state park in Jacksonville.

 

While rescue workers gave each other high-fives and curious beachgoers gathered to watch, the turtles pulled themselves toward the surf — not always in a straight line — and swam into the ocean waves.



Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-04-07/story/52-rescued-sea-turtles-return-ocean-little-talbot-island#ixzz2PyJXlRfJ

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#Australia blamed for helping #whale protest

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Japan has rounded on Australia and promised to step up a legal attack on hardline conservationists as it rallies behind its whalers.

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#Horrific and Bloody #DolphinMassacre in #Taiji ~ Patience & passion R sorely needed*

#Horrific and Bloody #DolphinMassacre in #Taiji  ~ Patience & passion R sorely needed* | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The reprehensible killing of dolphins in Japan continues to be widely exposed

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#Shark Spotters now available as Android app

#Shark Spotters now available as Android app | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Divers wanting to log encounters with any species of shark on their Android, including Sevengill sharks, can now download the app for free at: http://www.appsge
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Federal officials won’t rule out #Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached #Sealions in #California

Federal officials won’t rule out #Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached #Sealions in #California | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
@SeaShepherd @Seasaver Fukushima meltdown responsible for sealion deaths??
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#California #Wildlife Center raising $25K for #sealion shelter ~ #NOAA #CWC thxu

#California #Wildlife Center raising $25K for #sealion shelter ~ #NOAA #CWC  thxu | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
California Wildlife Center raising $25K for sea lion shelter Malibu Times In response the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) declaration of “unusual mortality event” this year for sea lions, the California Wildlife Center...
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In response the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) declaration of “unusual mortality event” this year for sea lions, the California Wildlife Center (CWC) is working to raise $25,000 to set up a temporary rehabilitation center, according to a CWC statement.

 

The National Marine Fisheries asked the CWC to set up a temporary rehabilitation center at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) in San Pedro, Calif., for the large number of Northern Elephant Seals and California Sea Lions pups the center has rescued.

 

Approximately 1,000 malnourished sea lions have been picked up in Southern California this year, with 118 of them from Malibu, according to Victoria Harris, board president of the CWC.

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Why the Ocean? ... ~ 405 #Ocean #DeadZones exist with little to no #Oxygen ! @1World1Ocean

Why the Ocean? ...   ~ 405 #Ocean #DeadZones exist with little to no #Oxygen !  @1World1Ocean | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
RT @vampirest69: @SaveOceansNowThOceanGivesUsLIFE50-70%OfOxygenComesFromOceanThatsMOReTHAnALLRainForestsCombined http://t.co/dMSSLyMIhI #Overfishing ADDitUP
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New plan to cut #OceanPollution in half for South #Australia ~ to cut particles by 50% ***

New plan to cut #OceanPollution in half for South #Australia ~ to cut particles by 50% *** | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
New plan to cut ocean pollution in half for South Australia The Australian Inquiries by The Advertiser have revealed an action plan to be released next month will include goals to cut particles of pollution allowed into the gulf by 50 per cent, and...
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The Future of the #Oceans with @SylviaEarle - Video 33:52

The Future of the #Oceans with @SylviaEarle - Video 33:52 | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

American oceanographer and world-famous conservationist and explorer Sylvia Earle has spent a lifetime exploring the world's oceans. In this Melbourne, Australia talk, she explains how... http://www.themonthly.com.au/video/2013/03/24/1364105192/future-oceans-sylvia-earle

 

 

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                      We are All chemically connected... Sylvia Earle

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#Weather concerns grow for #marine wildlife ~ The #Wildlife Trusts

#Weather concerns grow for #marine wildlife ~ The #Wildlife Trusts | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Weather concerns grow for marine wildlife - http://t.co/PDqZyQIdM4 via http://t.co/pckE0cANQi
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Dead crabs, lobster and mussels - equivalent to approximately 800,000 individuals - have been washed ashore, with significant numbers of cuttlefish bones, razorshells, starfish and increased numbers of porpoises also recorded.

Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts.

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wild shores of singapore: Can eat or not?: Sea #anemones

wild shores of singapore: Can eat or not?: Sea #anemones | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Sea anemones. In Spain, apparently, yes can! The Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia sulcata) is highly prized by Spanish gourmet restaurants and eateries leading to poaching and over-exploitation which seriously damage the coastal ...
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The Snakelocks Anemone, a Marine Species Prized in Cooking, Has Been Bred for the First Time in Captivity
Science Daily 5 Apr 13;

Researchers from Granada have managed to breed for the first time in captivity a marine animal known as the snakelocks anemone, (Anemonia sulcata), and have also begun breeding a species of sea cucumber (Sticophus regalis), although this process is still in its initial stages. Both species have great culinary potential and possess excellent nutritional properties.

 

As well as these two species of marine invertebrates, the scientists have cultivated the edible saltmarsh plant Salicornia, also known as marsh samphire or sea asparagus.

The harvesting of anemones for use in gourmet restaurants and eateries is creating a decline in their numbers, and due to the high prices they reach on the market, poaching and over-exploitation are "considerably damaging the ecological niche in coastal and inter-tidal areas."

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#CoralReef Back From the #Dead ~

#CoralReef Back From the #Dead ~ | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Isolated reef surprises scientists by recovering from near devastation

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Back in 1998, Scott Reef was a ghost town. Rising ocean temperatures caused by El Niño had triggered a catastrophic bleaching event that decimated the enormous reef system off the coast of Western Australia.


The prognosis was grim—more than 249 kilometers away from its nearest neighbors, the Scott system had no hope of being reseeded by their coral larvae, a process scientists believed was vital to reef recovery.


But just 15 years later, Scott Reef has regrown into the vibrant ecosystem pictured above, and its isolation may have been the key to its survival.


Although the Scott system did not benefit from the arrival of larvae from other reefs, an abundance of plant-eating fish in the area kept dangerous algae in check and allowed the few remaining local larvae to hang on long enough to begin the slow but steady process of repopulating the reef, researchers report online today inScience.


The reason those hungry fish were there to save the day? There were no humans around to hunt them. So while climate change may be wreaking havoc on coral reefs around the world, these ecosystems might stand a chance of bouncing back once humans are no longer around to bother them.

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Marian Locksley's comment, April 8, 2013 8:54 AM
We cannot give-up hope, not whilst there's a glimpse of recovery and still so much to learn.
Marian Locksley's comment, April 8, 2013 9:00 AM
Your so right, we must keep spreading Awareness. And most humans will only act when it's almost too late (at the brink)...it is most worrying!
VanAllen's comment, April 8, 2013 11:14 AM
You are so right too about continuing to learn. The worrying factor is that humans are encroaching on more and more places and plundering them on such a large scale. It is not of course simply a matter of the oceans. I agree we must not ever give up.
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Hated #Invasive Species Helps #Restore an #Ecosystem - ScienceNOW ***

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Hated Invasive Species Helps Restore an Ecosystem - ScienceNOW (But only after overfishing by humans “@YaleE360: 'Hated' invasive crab helps restore a #CapeCod ecosystem, http://t.co/Gt4LtOju65)...
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New York Times: The inhumanity toward #Dolphins goes further than a spike ~ by: @mobrock

New York Times: The inhumanity toward #Dolphins goes further than a spike ~ by: @mobrock | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Very glad to see a report from the New York Times on this atrocious hunt, which is inhumane in every aspect.  The tactic of using fear and panic to drive these dolphins for miles and miles, all the...

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9 Most Spectacular #Wildlife #Migrations

9 Most Spectacular #Wildlife #Migrations | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
If you think you're the only who can travel then better think again for these animals travel too. Due to the changes of season lot of animals migrate to feed as well as reproduce, Featured on CNN T...
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#Rapid climate #change and the role of the #SouthernOcean

#Rapid climate #change and the role of the #SouthernOcean | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Scientists from Cardiff University and the University of Barcelona have discovered new clues about past rapid climate change.

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The research, published this month in the journal Nature Geoscience, concludes that oceanographic reorganisations and biological processes are linked to the supply of airborne dust in the Southern Ocean and this connection played a key role in past rapid fluctuations of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, an important component in the climate system.


The scientists studied a marine sediment core from the Southern Ocean and reconstructed chemical signatures at different water depths using stable isotope ratios in the shells of foraminifera, single–celled marine organisms.


They found that the chemical difference between intermediate level and deep waters over the last 300,000 years closely resembled the changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and the input of windblown dust.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-rapid-climate-role-southern-ocean.html#jCp

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#Fishery resources in #Yangtze River #exhausted- China.org.cn

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RT @biofreshproject: Fishery resources in Yangtze River in China exhausted http://t.co/PBHZDvQ5P1 #overfishing
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According to experts, this will lead to the end of rare fish species in the river because Xiaonanhai is their last natural habitat after the construction of the Gezhou Dam, Three-Gorges Dam and Xiluodu Dam over the past two decades.

In the eyes of Zhao Yimin, the worst is yet to come. “Severe problems will occur in five to eight years,” he warned.

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#Crabs, #supersized by #carbon pollution, may upset Chesapeake’s #balance

#Crabs, #supersized by #carbon pollution, may upset Chesapeake’s #balance | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Bigger and stronger, the predatory crustaceans could upset the Chesapeake Bay’s balance. (GIANT ENEMY CRABS: RT @dstahl: Giant crabs caused by carbon pollution. Do we have enough butter for this threat?
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Oysters are filter feeders that play a critical role in cleaning the polluted bay.

 

Under ocean acidification, oysters won’t be able to keep up. “As you’re using up your energy, it could make you more vulnerable not just to predators but to disease,” Dodd said.

 

8.4.13:: http://inhabitat.com/carbon-pollution-creates-giant-crabs-in-the-chesapeake-bay-and-disrupts-ecosystem/

 

Could throw the food chain out of balance!

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Great New Website: The #BlueCarbon Initiative - IUCN ~ restore our #marine areas #uk c.c Richard Benyon Link below... #Co2

Great New Website: The #BlueCarbon Initiative - IUCN ~ restore our #marine areas #uk c.c Richard Benyon  Link below... #Co2 | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

April 2, 2013 CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

Efforts to restore marine ecosystems that store vast amounts of carbon have received a boost with the launch of a new website that provides the latest blue carbon science and policy.

The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on mitigating climate change through the conservation and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems. Coastal ecosystems are some of the most productive on Earth. They provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as coastal protection from storms and nursery grounds for fish. We also know that they provide another integral service – sequestering and storing “blue” carbon from the atmosphere and oceans and hence are an essential piece of the solution to global climate change.... http://thebluecarboninitiative.org/

 


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UK link:: http://afloat.ie/marine-environment/marine-wildlife/item/21312-british-government-taken-to-task-over-marine-conservation-zones#.UWGmfF2yXhQ.twitter  

 

it will cost 'EveryOne, if nothing is done, not your money!

 

More:: There are a couple of major pathways for CO2 to be removed from the atmosphere. One isplant respiration. Plants absorb CO2 during their growth, and use it along with sunlight and water and other nutrients, to grow. The carbon in the CO2 is converted into plant matter, such as blanches, leaves, roots, etc. It is important to note that this absorption of CO2 is only temporary in the big scheme of things, because when the plant dies and decomposes, the plant matter will go back to CO2 during the decomposition process. Therefore, in its natural state, this is in balance... as much CO2 is absorbed as is emitted when averaged over time (not including processes such as deforestation, which is not in balance, and so right now, CO2is net being emitted by plants due to deforestation). 

The other major way to remove CO2 is the oceans. The oceans have a tremendous capacity to absorb CO2. However, when CO2 is dissolved in water, it becomes carbonic acid, and so the more CO2 in the oceans, the more acidic it becomes. This is a serious problem for sensitive marine ecosystems. Also, CO2 can only be absorbed at the surface of the water, which is in contact with air. And so to absorb a lot of CO2, you have to wait until the surface water is mixed with the water from the deep oceans. This takes hundreds to thousands of years to happen. That is why the increased CO2 emissions due to humans is so serious. All the CO2we are pumping into the air right now will stay in the air for a length of time comparable to recorded human history.


There are no other known methods to remove CO2 from the air on the scale that we are emitting it !!!

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#AirPollution 'affects #coral growth' ~ sooty #particles can cool sea surface temp. #Ecosystem at risk!

#AirPollution 'affects #coral growth' ~ sooty #particles can cool sea surface temp. #Ecosystem at risk! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Researchers find evidence that aerosols from burning fossil fuels are affecting the growth of corals in the Caribbean.
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8.4.13:: 

http://www.rtcc.org/fossil-fuel-emissions-stunt-coral-growth/

 

 

7.4.13:: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-air-pollution-stunts-coral-growth.html

 

Also:: http://earthsky.org/earth/pollution-slows-coral-reef-growth

 

Up to 25% of Ocean species depending on them for food and shelter.

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#LosAngeles Plan to Turn #Pollution Into #DrinkingWater

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Storm runoff is the primary source of water pollution in Southern California, but new regulations encourage cities to capture and filter rainwater to bolster groundwater supplies.
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LOS ANGELES — Surfers here have long lived by a simple rule: When it rains, no matter how good the waves may be, stay out of the water. Those who do head out to the Venice Pier on a rainy day might have their bravery (or naïveté) repaid with pinkeye, a fever or diarrhea.


“The water will have this weird, funky smell to it,” said Sean Stanley, 26, who has been surfing here his entire life. “It’s murky. You’ll see soda cans and plastic bottles, oil from the cars. All the runoff from the city gets in there.”

 

Even in this water-starved region, storm and other runoff has become the primary source of water pollution. After the rare rains, runoff drags heavy metals, pesticides, cigarette butts, animal waste and other pollutants into streams and rivers and eventually to the Pacific Ocean, turning Los Angeles County’s beaches into the filthiest in the state.

 

But now, local officials are trying to deal with runoff pollution and another problem — the lack of drinking water — with an ambitious plan to make the runoff drinkable.


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Bob Brown: 'great result for the #Whales' - @ABCNews ~ harpooning is Not showing signs of #research #Japan !

Bob Brown: 'great result for the #Whales' - @ABCNews  ~ harpooning is Not showing signs of #research #Japan ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown applauds this year's record low whaling catch by Japanese ships.
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#Hunger May Be Driving Spike in #SeaLion #Strandings

#Hunger May Be Driving Spike in #SeaLion #Strandings | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
RT @yelowcanarychic: Hunger May Be Driving Spike in Sea Lion Strandings http://t.co/TX5Sjeoter @SeaShepherd @MrHolise @sallysoderholm @P4Animals @earthactivists
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Nearly 1,100 sickly sea lion pups that should still be with their mothers have stranded in southern California since the beginning of this year, officials say.

Biologists still don't know exactly what's causing the unusually high number of young animals to wash ashore, but there is one symptom that most of the pups share: They're starving.

 

"You can see bones through their skin," said Sarah Wilkin, California's marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

The leading hypothesis is that environmental conditions are cutting the sea lion pups' supply of food like anchovies and sardines, Wilkin told reporters today (April 4). While adult sea lions and other marine mammals are more adaptable and can change their feeding habits in the face of a shortage, pups are more limited in how far they can travel for food and what they can eat. [Photos: World's Cutest Baby Wild Animals]

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@Seasaver: Infographic: #China's overseas #fishCatch is 12 x more than reported...

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RT @Seasaver: Infographic: #China's overseas fish catch is 12 times more than reported to the United Nations. #overfishing #ecocide http://t.co/2nY6nr9ghU
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Polar melt shakes up #foodchain ~ #Krill on the decline...+ video #Antarctic

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Major changes to the food chain, weather and landscape of Antarctica have provided stark evidence of the impact of global warming, a report on a polar expedition has revealed.

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