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Here’s What a Massive 5-Year Study of Ocean Life Reveals

TIME reviews a 5-year study on ocean plankton on the research schooner Tara: Differences in ocean temperature—as opposed to geography or some other environmental factor—seem to chiefly determine which kind of plankton survives, according to the study. Because plankton play an essential role in sustaining life on Earth by propping up the bottom of the food chain, rising temperatures could have grave implications for other sea life, in ...

Top 3 sightings per state and other Redmap data

Australian fishers, divers and beachcombers have shared on Redmap more than 1270 sightings of marine life they considered uncommon to their local seas. More than a quarter of the confirmed sightings were out of their usual home range; and many more were valuable observations of elusive or poorly-documented species. And, divers appeared to be the most enthusiastic reporters to Redmap! Here is a snapshot of Redmap's citizen science data ...

What the FISH? Catching ‘mainland’ fish in Tasmania

A changing climate and strengthening East Australian Current mean the east coast of Tasmania is a ‘hotspot’, with seas warming almost four times the global average.  So it’s no surprise that warmer-water fish are turning up further south than usual.  And often to the delight of Tassie fishers!

For the first time, scientists tag a loggerhead sea turtle off US West Coast

Science Daily writes: Fifty miles out to sea from San Diego, in the middle of April, under a perfectly clear blue sky, fisheries scientists leaned over the side of a rubber inflatable boat and lowered a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle into the water. That turtle was a trailblazer -- the first of its kind ever released off the West Coast of the United States with a satellite transmitter attached. Read the ...

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