Unlocking the Ocean’s Secrets with Seals and Gliders

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Scientists are outfitting elephant seals and self-propelled water gliders with monitoring equipment to unlock the oceans’ secrets.

Scientists are outfitting elephant seals and self-propelled water gliders with monitoring equipment to unlock the oceans’ secrets and boost understanding of the impacts of climate change.

 

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Seaventures – An Old Oil Rig Turned Into a Hotel for Scuba Divers

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The Seaventures Dive Resort

A onetime oil-drilling rig stands in crystal-clear waters dotted with tiny islands and their lush green hills. But most impressive is what’s underwater—an amazing array of coral reefs swarming with hundreds of species of multicolored tropical fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life. The rig has been converted to a hotel for snorkelers and especially for scuba divers.

 

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First-Ever Sighting of a Baby Seahorse in British Waters

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A tiny baby seahorse was measured off the coast of Dorset, England.

It must have been like finding a needle in a haystack, but somehow, in murky water conditions, diver Neil Garrick-Maidment, the executive director of the Seahorse Trust, spotted a single 1.5-inch-long female baby seahorse “clinging onto a piece of seagrass” off the coast of Studland, Dorset — a finding so rare he said it was “akin to seeing a yeti in the wild.”

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Stunning Photos of Curious Whales

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This massive right whale came up to wildlife photographer Brian Skerry with “great curiosity, but no aggression.”

The ocean’s whales are some of the Earth’s most massive and majestic animals, reaching sizes of up to 80 feet long and 150 tons. As the targets of centuries of whaling, they have a violent history — and are still recovering from an industry that depleted their numbers substantially. (Pics)

 

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New Painkiller as Strong as Morphine Developed From Snail Spit

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The marine cone snail produces a combination of chemicals in its saliva that could make a very effective painkiller.

Scientists have developed a new pain-relief pill from a chemical used by sea snails to catch their prey. It was found to be as effective as morphine for relieving the most severe forms of pain but without the added risk of addiction.

 

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Accuses Paul the Octopus of Spreading ‘Western Propaganda and Superstition’

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Paul the Octopus

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.   He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.

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Mystery Surrounds the Deaths of a Majority of Animals in the Gulf

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Determining what’s killing all of the animals in the Gulf – a majority show no sign of oil contamination

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle lay belly-up on the metal autopsy table, as pallid as split-pea soup but for the bright orange X spray-painted on its shell, proof that it had been counted as part of the Gulf of Mexico’s continuing “unusual mortality event.”

 

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More Than 27,000 Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells Waiting To Leak In Gulf Of Mexico

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Are oils spills to become a common occurrance?

An Associated Press investigation shows that there are more than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, and the constellation of aging wells has been ignored for decades.

“No one—not industry, not government—is checking to see if they are leaking.”

The oldest was abandoned in the late 1940s….

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