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Ultrasound Ocean Noises Pose Risk to Marine Life

by Michael Stocker Noise pollution has now become one of the common themes of human-generated impacts on the ocean. Shipping noise, military sonar, and seismic airgun surveys are increasingly becoming part of the public discussion in marine conservation. These noises are easy for us to understand; they are loud, ubiquitous, and they are all in…

Bull Shark Catch in Maryland Highlights Nearness of Species to Shore

They’re baaaaack! Not that they were ever gone; they’ve just kept a low profile. Two eight-foot, 220-pound bull sharks were caught in Maryland near Point Lookout, where the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River meet. And, very close to where I’ve spent my summers growing up, sandy-footed and slightly sunburned, thinking that jellyfish were my biggest…

The Ocean’s Unsung Heroes – Hooray for the Little Guys & Just Keep Swimming!

When most people think about ocean creatures, they picture large charismatic species like whales, penguins, polar bears, sharks and turtles. These magnificent animals are the “celebrities” of the oceans and tend to received significant public and scientific attention. In fact, they are even play starring roles in Hollywood movies, such as Happy Feet, Dolphin Tale,…

Can New Shark-Resistant Nets Spur Responsible Aquaculture?

Around the world, more than a billion people rely on seafood for a significant part of their protein. And yet the United Nations has projected that by 2030, there will be a 40 million ton seafood shortage. Some experts have therefore been pointing increasingly to aquaculture as a means to provide protein, while reducing stress…

Ghost, Demon, and Cat Sharks Found

Researchers have discovered at least eight new species of deep-sea shark in the southern Indian Ocean.

Studying Shark Stress

Dr. Lisa Naples John G. Shedd Aquarium As Shark Week wraps up, let’s consider the vulnerable side of these ancient species. To many people, sharks seem to be the toughest animals in the ocean—but these top predators are prone to the same physical problem that many of us experience: stress. It’s often said that stress…

National Aquarium Unveils World’s Largest Reproduction of Indo-Pacific Coral Reef

This month, the National Aquarium in Baltimore opened a new permanent exhibit, Blacktip Reef. Based on the Indo-Pacific reefs found across a large swath of oceans, the exhibit is the largest of its kind in the world. Ocean Views spoke with the aquarium’s general curator, Jack Cover, about the new exhibit. How did you get…

‘Sharknado’ Got One Thing Right: Aquatic Animals Sometimes Do Fall From the Sky

Tornadoes over water are too weak to lift sharks, but strong enough to bring smaller animals ashore. Sharks fell from the sky in the SyFy Channel’s “Sharknado,” a campy movie that stirred up Internet buzz and is getting a sequel. The premise of the movie can be summed up in this line uttered by one…

Can a Lionfish-Patterned Suit Repel Sharks?

“Rash guards,” also called “rash vests” and “rashies,” may not be that well known to the general public, but they have been used by water sports jocks for years. Made of spandex and nylon or polyester, the synthetic material resembles a wet suit, but instead of keeping the wearer warm, it helps cool them off.…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Cosmic Currency, Oldest DNA…

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: SETI and Paypal are teaming up to create the universe’s first space currency, DNA from an ancient horse has become the oldest ever sequenced, and…

“Where is the FAD” asks my colleague. “WE ARE the FAD”, I yell as we swim back quickly to the boat.

“Where is the FAD” asks my colleague. “WE ARE the FAD”, I yell as we swim back quickly to the boat. The bait fish are too small for sharks, I told him just a minute earlier as he voiced my own worry about the possible presence of large predators with sharp teeth. And then my…

Anteater’s Surprise Pregnancy: Virgin Birth Explained

The mysterious arrival of a zoo anteater has some talking virgin birth, or parthenogenesis. See what other animals have babies without fathers.

Dead or Alive: The Promise of Tourism for Shark Conservation

When many people hear the words shark and tourism in the same sentence, the first thing they think of is how to avoid these creatures of the deep. The second thing is the ubiquitous image of a small diver in a shark cage, coming face-to-face with a great white in a caricature of what these…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Spacecraft on the Sun, Real Estate on the Moon…

The top 10 headlines on our radar today: Scientists are developing a spacecraft that will propel towards the sun, a lunar real estate agent has already sold a chunk of land on the moon, and…

The Drop Cam Project – Day 2 – Stranded

The Drop Cam Project – An Exploration Science Initiative (DAY 2 ) This marks the second day of the drop cam project – a collaboration between University of Miami and National Geographic For those of you now familiar with the project. Check out: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/30/the-drop-cam-project-an-exploration-science-initiative/ Day 2 of the project did not go as planned. Our…