Shark attacks were ‘unusually low’ in 2019

Shark attacks in 2019 were unusually low for the second year running, but the elusive foot-long cookiecutter shark scored a personal best with three.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology beaches oceans recreation sharks

Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation ecosystems fish oceans temperature

Fishing for ‘herbivores of the sea’ could risk coral reefs

Fishing practices that selectively remove large parrotfish could put corals at risk, researchers warn.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment coral-reefs corals fish fishing oceans

Wind and freshwater rob Southern Ocean of oxygen

Increased freshwater from melting Antarctic ice sheets and increased wind have reduced the oxygen in the Southern Ocean and made the waters warmer and more acidic, geoscientists report.

Mari Jensen-Arizona | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment antarctica ice oceans pollution winds

Market-based strategy could boost ocean conservation

A market-based system with the right incentives could bring more coastal and island nations together to improve ocean conservation efforts.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity conservation fishing islands money oceans

Double whammy killed coral reefs off Texas coast

Simultaneous river runoff and upwelling caused a dramatic die-off of coral reefs off the Texas coast. "One of them alone may not have caused any trouble."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment coral-reefs hypoxia oceans

Mussels show some animals can adapt to climate change

Some mussels have genes that allow them to adapt to more acidic water, which could help them survive in the face of climate change.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology climate-change mussels oceans ph shells

Whoopi the manta ray shows off super speedy healing

When Whoopi the manta ray was hit by a boat in 2015, it gave researchers an opportunity to see just how fast the ocean creatures heal.

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology oceans

Arctic sea spray aerosols mimic those in California

Sea spray aerosols similar to those in California are popping up during the Arctic winter, researchers say.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment algae arctic oceans sea-ice

Things are looking dire for Gulf Coast coral reefs

"The best-case scenario is that we have rapid and widespread reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, the next 20 years. The corals in the Gulf of Mexico are hardy."

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change conservation corals gulf-of-mexico oceans

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