Tagged: ocean

Plastic poses biggest threat to seabirds in New Zealand waters, where more breed than elsewhere - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 19, 2018

Stephanie B. Borrelle, Auckland University of Technology Plastic pollution has the potential to cause the worst damage to seabirds in the seas around Aotearoa New Zealand, where many of them come to feed and breed. Aotearoa boasts the greatest diversity of seabirds in the world. Of the 360 global seabird species, 86 breed here and 37 are … Read More

Climate change could alter ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish in the sea - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 26, 2018

Jefferson Keith Moore, University of California, Irvine This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Climate change is rapidly warming the Earth and altering ecosystems on land and at sea that produce our food. In the oceans, most added heat from climate warming is still near the surface and will take centuries … Read More

There are dozens of sea snake species in the Indian and Pacific oceans, but none in the Atlantic or Caribbean. Why? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 14, 2018

Harvey Lillywhite, University of Florida This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Beachgoers often find unusual things that have washed up with the tides. But many people were surprised when a venomous yellow-bellied sea snake recently was found alive on California’s Newport Beach. Sea snakes are less well-known than other … Read More

Cool! Antarctic krill can turn microplastics into nanoplastics - News

Jean Balchin Mar 09, 2018

A groundbreaking Griffith University study has found Antarctic krill which ingest microplastics are able to turn them into nanoplastics through digestion. What are Krill? Krill is a general term used to refer to around 85 species of free-swimming crustaceans called euphausiids, of which Antarctic krill is one species. Antarctic krill are one of the most abundant and successful animal species on … Read More

Starfish can see in the dark (among other amazing abilities) - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 02, 2018

Coleen Suckling, Bangor University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. If you go down to the shore today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Many will have witnessed the presence of a starfish or two when visiting the seashore or a public aquarium. Starfish come in an exciting range of … Read More

First baby ‘Dumbo’ octopods found - News

Jean Balchin Feb 23, 2018

“Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.” You’ve heard of Dumbo the Elephant (if you haven’t, you are missing out!), but have you heard of Dumbo the Octopod?  In a report in Current Biology on February 19, researchers have described a deep sea “dumbo” octopod. These young octopods look … Read More

More bad news for dinosaurs: Chicxulub meteorite impact triggered global volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 12, 2018

Leif Karlstrom, University of Oregon and Joseph Byrnes, University of Minnesota This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago was a rough time to be living on Earth. Three global catastrophes occurred nearly simultaneously: The Chicxulub meteorite slammed into … Read More

Microplastics causing big problems for iconic ocean giants - News

Jean Balchin Feb 06, 2018

According to a new analysis for the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, microplastics in our oceans are posing a significant risk to filter-feeding marine animals like manta rays and whale sharks. Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimetres long . If you’ve ever bought a shower scrub, or exfoliator, you’ve probably heard of microbeads too. Microbeads are a type of … Read More

Flotsam and jetsam: microplastics amass on NZ shores - News

Erica Mather May 10, 2016

The New Zealand shoreline is being clogged with microplastics.  A new study by the University of Canterbury reveals that the high quantities of microplastics found in coastal environments is comparable to levels identified overseas, which is surprising given New Zealand’s geographical isolation. Microplastics are small plastic particles less than 5mm in size that are found in exfoliant facial scrubs and … Read More

Book review: Pacific – The Ocean of the Future - Scibooks

Peter Griffin Mar 07, 2016

I took incredible pleasure in slowly working through Simon Winchester’s new book Pacific, which serves as a sort of companion piece to his 2010 effort Atlantic. And what better a place to delve into a book about the world’s greatest ocean than in the middle of that ocean – Tahiti, where I was lucky enough to spend a week recently, with … Read More