Our little Italian camper Ricardo got to hold a cockatoo for the first time as some of the other campers got to touch a nurse shark!
The campers got to see a wild manatee swimming in the marina after our exciting trip to the Aquarium and then Mel Fisher’s Treasure Box!!
Loud seismic airgun testing for oil will hurt 138,500 marine mammals
Seismic airgun testing for oil will injure 138,500 marine mammals, including dolphins and endangered right whales. These loud blasts can permanently deafen or even kill nearby wildlife.
These deadly tests are the first step to offshore drilling in the Atlantic, which will put even more animals at risk from a disastrous oil spill like we witnessed in the Gulf of Mexico. We are currently circulating letters to members of Congress and the Senate urging President Obama to stop this dangerous plan. And with your help, we can add even more voices to the dissent. Photo: NOAA
(Reuters) – The U.S. Navy said on Monday it was forced to drop four unarmed bombs on to Australia's fragile Great Barrier Reef during a military exercise last week but the bombs did not explode and did not pose a hazard to shipping or navigation.
Two Harrier fighter jets dropped four bombs off the coast of tropical Queensland state on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Navy, which is taking part in a biennial joint exercise with the Australian Defence force.
The pilots of the jets had intended to drop the four bombs, two inert and two unarmed, on the Townshend Island bomb range, but were told there were hazards in the area, Commander William Marks of the U.S. Seventh Fleet told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio on Monday. Read the full story
News Desk on July 20, 2013
Washington, July 20 (ANI): A team of international researchers have compiled the first ever global atlas cataloguing marine plankton ranging in size from bacteria to jellyfish, to identify where, when, and how much oceanic plankton can be found around the globe.
The atlas, known as the Marine Ecosystem Biomass Data (MAREDAT), is the first step towards a comprehensive inventory of the marine biota based on counts of individual cells or organisms.
It will help researchers better understand marine biodiversity for conservation and monitoring and is the result of collaborations between scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of East Anglia, ETH Zurich, University of Manchester, Universite d’Angers and CNRS, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), together with many other scientific institutions around the world. Read more
A Jupiter man faces a misdemeanor resource charge after a state marine officer discovered he had taken five queen conchs from the waters of Higgs Beach in Key West on Thursday.
Queen conchs used to be plentiful but overfishing led to a state law banning their commercial harvest in Keys waters in 1975. Eleven years later, the harvest of all conch — commercial and recreational — was declared illegal statewide. Read more