Robotic Fish, Deep-Ocean Corals, Sea Otters & Sharks – Good News & Research Reads

 “ROBOTIC FISH TO KEEP A FISHY EYE ON HEALTH OF THE OCEANSNew York Times  SoFi – short for “Soft Robotic Fish” – can swim with the real ones.

“THE BASE OF THE ICEBERG: IT’S BIG AND TEEMING WITH LIFE”  Knowable Magazine  Turns out these big blocks of attract things like algae, krill, sea butterflies, bristleworms, fishes, seabirds, penguin and seals.

“NEW ENGLAND FISHERY MANAGERS VOTE TO PROTECT OVER 25,000 SQUARE MILES OF DEEP-SEA CORALS FROM DESTRUCTIVE FISHING”  Oceana  The action protects deep-sea coral habitat in Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine.

“THESE DEEP-OCEAN STARFISH CAN SEE – AND GLOW – IN THE DARK  Science Daily News  Way down in the deep, dark depths, they can see – and hunt – prey.

“THESE SHALLOW WATER FISH CAN USE THEIR EYES LIKE FLASHLIGHTS”  Science Daily News They may use their ‘sparkling eyes” to detect prey.

SEA OTTERS ARE WALLED IN BY HUNGRY SHARKS  Hakai Magazine  Sea otters off California are coming back, but great white sharks are keeping them hemmed in in the kelp forests.

“THE CUTTLEFISH, A MASTER OF CAMOUFLAGE, REVEALS A NEW TRICK”  The New York Times Sneaky cephalopods can change the text of their skin. W/video demo.

“RESEARCHERS HAVEN’T FOUND A SINGLE RIGHT WHALE CALF YET THIS SEASON” NPR  The trend has been bad for some years.

“WATCH THE ADORABLE FIRST-EVER VIDEO OF A NEW-BORN DUMBO OCTOPUS”   Washington Post  It’s all in the ears.

“THE OCEAN IS SUFFOCATING AND IT’S OUR FAULT”  LiveScience  “Dead zones” that lack oxygen are growing due to ever-growing agricultural runoff.  

“THE BLOODY PIRATE LIFE OF ONE OF THE OCEAN’S MOST ELUSIVE CREATURES It turns out that giant squids steal from each other.

“TRASH IN THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH HAS QUADRUPLED, MAYBE EVEN 16-UPLED”  The Great Pacific Garbage patch is getting larger and denser.

“SCIENTISTS JUST DISCOVERED 1.5 MILLION PINGUINS THEY DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED”  Penguin poop detected by satellite was the clue.

THE SWISS CONSIDER THE LOBSTER. IT FEELS PAIN, THEY DECIDE”   A British scientist  concludes it’s possible that lobsters feel pain when boiled, the Swiss order it no longer be done,  a Boston scientist says it’s all hooey.

“THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN IS SINKING”    Water from melting glaciers and ice sheets is increasing the oceans’ weight and the seafloor to sink.

“TRACKING THE ELUSIVE WHALE SHARK”  Whale shark experts and recreational divers join to catalog interactions with whale sharks around the world.

 

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