Good morning (/ afternoon / evening depending on your time zone!),
I hope you’ve all had a good week. Since last week’s edition, I’ve been busy working on a few articles - the first of which is out now on ScubaDiving.com exploring what positive things have happened to the ocean over the last year (because I think we all need some good news).
And, with that, let’s get straight onto the latest ocean news….
👀 Wildlife sightings 👀
Killer whales: spotted in Cornwall, UK, for the first time - wow! (Somerset Live)
White-beaked dolphins: reported in Essex (BBC)
Humpback whale and calf: seen off the coast of Donegal (Donegal Daily)
Juvenile great whites: caught on camera by drones in California (Fox LA)
Have you had any amazing wildlife sightings recently?
🐳🦈 Whales & sharks 🦈🐳
Where’s Wally? Scientists are concerned about the grey whale, named Wally, believed to be lost in the Mediterranean (Yahoo!)
Whale hugs: Rare drone footage could show endangered North Atlantic right whales cuddling (Nat Geo)
Sharknado: Researchers discover how sharks change their behaviour during major storms (University of Miami)
Baby shark: South Africa’s sheltered Mossel Bay is used by juvenile great whites as they learn to hunt (Sky News)
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🐬 Other marine animals 🐙
Chi-nah: Animal activits are trying to prevent dolphins from a Dutch dolphinarium from being sold to China (Dutch News)
Turtley recovering: Sea turtles in the Cayman Islands are recovering from the brink of local extinction (Frontiers)
Weird fish: Flatfish used to be symmetrical but things got weird real quick as they evolved (Phys.org)
Cut off: How did Arctic char in Jan Mayen island get cut off from the ocean and how have their coped with being cooped up there? (Hakai)
Declining numbers: Populations of endangered sea lions in Australia have dropped by 60% in just 40 years (Guardian)
Team work makes the dream work: Dolphins help each other even if they’re not friends (Atlas Obscura)
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🚯 Plastic & pollution 🚯
Historical plastic: Fish have been swallowing microplastics since the ‘50s 🤯 (Phys.org)
Deep sea plastic: A new article has summarised the impact of plastic waste generated resulting from uncontrolled human activity (Sci Tech Daily)
Microplastics: We know they’re everywhere - but how harmful are they? (Nature)
🐚 Ecosystems 🐠
I can see the tide from here! NASA has been able to see the movement of the world’s tides from space - the visualisation is very cool (Sci Tech Daily)
Spit that out: The symbiosis between coral and dinoflagellates depends on the algae suppressing the coral’s immune system so it isn’t spat out! (Sci Tech Daily)
Cyprus’ reefs: could be under threat (Cyprus Mail)
Reef stars: Meanwhile in Indonesia, a new project is restoring coral reefs (BBC - thanks to Stephanie for flagging this one)
Unexplored undersea mountains: may be rich in marine life (Science Focus)
Seafloor mapping: Scientists have been using underwater robots to look at the seabed of Australia’s Ashmore Reef Marine Park (BBC)
Rewilding Britain: A new Marine Conservation Society report gives an overview of how the ocean can help the UK reach net zero in 30 years (MCS)
🎣 Fisheries 🎣
No-take vs. gear restrictions: No-take MPAs resulted in better long-term benefits for fisheries than restricting types of fishing gear (WCS)
New conservation measures: announced to protect yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation)
Wall-E in the sea: a floating scarecrow is helping to protect seabirds from getting caught in gillnets (Guardian)
No trawling: Research shows prohibiting trawling has improved biodiversity in Hong Kong waters (Phys.org)
💰 Funding, grants & opportunities 💰
The Sea-Changers Innovation Fund: will support innovative marine conservation approaches and solutions. Award: £2,000. Deadline: 18 June 2021 (Sea-Changers)
PhD opportunity:Biologging Marine Predators in the UK and Overseas, fully funded. Deadline 2 June (University of Exerter)
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