An octopus stole my tennis ball

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Good morning pod!

How was your weekend? I was up against a deadline so I spent my Saturday & Sunday thinking, talking and writing about dead whales… intrigued? Article coming soon!

First of all, a big congratulations to all the finalists of the 2021 Ocean Awards (Blue Marine Foundation) and, with no further ado, let’s dive right in and find out what happened under our seas this week…

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This week’s hot take

Thought I’d forgotten the hot take? No chance! With yet more stranding news this week, as a humpback whale beached in Northumberland (The Northern Echo), I asked Nick Davison from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme what researchers can learn when an animal washes up:

“When we get an animal on shore, our main aim is to try to find out why it died and the reason for it coming ashore. But also we can look to see how it lived. We can look at contaminant burdens to see if it's been exposed to particular organic pollutants links like PCBs. We can also see what it's been feeding on if and it has been feeding recently. Stomach contents allows us to see what a certain species preys on … We can look to see whether the animal’s pregnant or not or if it’s got placental scars on the ovaries to see how many times it’s been pregnant over its lifetime. So, there's lots we can learn about its biology as well as the disease processes that may have actually put it on the shore.”

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The Deep Dive

You might have seen the news that bottom trawling emits as much carbon dioxide as global air travel (Guardian). If you’re interested in the full details, check out the full study (Nature)

And, with that, I’ll leave you to leap into the rest of your week like this fine fella (Space Coast Daily). See you soon!

Melissa

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