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July, 2008

  • 25 July

    Is The World’s Largest Shark Shrinking?

    From dsc.discovery.com

    (From dsc.discovery.com) – Humans have over-exploited the whale shark — the world”s largest living fish — to such a degree that the ocean giants are actually shrinking in size, according to new research. Fitzpatrick and his colleagues not only detected the population drop at the reef, but they also discovered …

  • 25 July

    Oahu Residents Offer $1,200 Reward For Information On Turtle Killing

    Green Sea Turtle

    (From kpua.net) Honolulu – Oahu North Shore residents are offering a $1,200 reward for information on who killed a protected green sea turtle last week. A 200-pound, 30-year-old female turtle called Honey Girl was discovered buried in the sand on Laniakea Beach last weekend. Her breast shell had been removed …

  • 25 July

    Hurricane Dolly Could Help Rare Sea Turtles

    From koaa.com

    (From koaa.com)- The sea turtle rescue mission in South Padre Island, Texas is in ruins after a direct hit from Dolly.The most precious are the Kemp’s Ridley turtles. Their eggs were collected from the beach in an effort to save the rare species. They hatched just days before Dolly came …

  • 25 July

    Dead Fish Wash Up On Durban Beach

    (From news24.com)- Scores of dead and dying fish littered the surface of the Durban”s Isipingo River lagoon on Thursday after large volumes sewage poured into rivers. The deaths were linked to the theft of scrap metal from an electricity pylon that subsequently toppled over and cut power to several industries …

  • 25 July

    Shark Count To Begin Off Cornwall Coast

    From telegraph.co.uk- JOHN ROBERTSON

    (From telegraph.co.uk)- Basking shark sightings are to be logged by volunteers in a survey that aims to find out more about the world”s second largest fish.The Seaquest Basking Shark project is taking place at two locations off the Cornwall coast and aims to collect information and raise public awareness of …

  • 25 July

    Five Endangered Turtles Released At Sea

    (From the-news.net)-  Five turtles, of an endangered species, were released back to their natural habitat on Tuesday morning after being taken care of at Zoomarine over the last couple of years. Dayo, Dolly, Explorer, Estrunfe and Fyglia were released by the Portuguese Navy in the Portimão area.The five common-turtles, one …

  • 25 July

    Turtle Readies For Release

    (From wickedlocal.com) Buzzards Bay- Next week the young Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle will be returned to the ocean after two years of rehabilitation at the National Marine Life Center and Woods Hole. She – her gender is a matter of educated speculation amongst the staff – was found on Sandy …

  • 25 July

    Valuable Seagrasses Face Global Warming Threat

    A seagrass bed in waters off the coast of Florida (wikipedia)

    (From reuters.com) Genova – Seagrass meadows, which are vital for the survival of much marine life and a source of household materials in Europe and Africa, face a mounting threat from global warming, a report said on Friday. If much of it were to disappear, a wide range of species …

  • 24 July

    Can Our Oceans Survive?

    (From parade.com)- As director of The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., Frances Gulland sees firsthand the effects of the oceans’ deteriorating state. Her patients have included cancer-stricken sea lions whose tumors are thought to be associated with PCBs, sea otters infected by a parasite linked to run-off, and fur …

  • 24 July

    Faroe Whales Show New Pollutant Spreads Worldwide

    August 26, 2006 Hvalba, Faroe Islands (Wikipedia)

    (From reuters.com) Oslo – People who eat whale meat in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic have high levels of an industrial toxin in their blood in a worrying sign that the pollutant has spread worldwide, scientists said on Thursday. A study with scientists in the Faroe Islands, …

  • 24 July

    Out of the Pan and into the Fire…

    Common dolphin

    (From scienceblogs.com) – After becoming entangled in a fishing net off the coast of Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefrecture in Japan, a wounded and exhausted young dolphin was taken to Umitamago Aquarium, also known as Oita Marine Palace Aquarium. This is where the story gets less cute. According to this Reuters article, …

  • 24 July

    Poachers Target The Summer’s Breeding Birds

    From maltamedia.com

    (From maltamedia.com) – BirdLife Malta announced that a young Audouin’s Gull, a threatened species, was found with serious gun shot injuries at the Valletta Breakwater early this week.The juvenile bird was taken to a veterinary but had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. Europe holds 75% …