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Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) “are among the fastest pelagic” (open ocean)” species (reaching speeds up to 60 mph)”.
FACT SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahoo
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From: Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM,
Published June 20, 2011 06:45 AM
The past twelve months have seen 914 species added to the threatened list by the world’s authority of species endangerment, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List. Over 19,000 species are now classified in one of three threatened categories, i.e. Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered, a jump of 8,219 species since 2000.
Species are added to the threatened list for a variety of reasons: for many this year was the first time they were evaluated, for others new information was discovered about their plight, and for some their situation in the wild simply deteriorated. While scientists have described nearly 2 million species, the IUCN Red List has evaluated only around 3 percent of these.
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Take action now to speak up for the world’s most endangered marine mammal: the Hawaiian monk seal. The federal government has proposed to expand habitat protections to include important foraging areas and vast reaches of Hawaii’s coastline.
Poised to gain new habitat protections in the Hawaiian Islands, the seal’s possibility of recovery just stepped up a notch. Threatened by rising seas and disappearing food, Hawaiian monk seals are teetering on the brink of extinction. There are only about 1,000 seals left, and they need your help. Protecting habitat can reduce threats like pollution and development because it ensures that projects with federal funding or permits won’t harm monk seal habitat.
Visit the Center for Biodiversity’s page: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7063
Coral Reef Facts:
Slipper lobsters are a family of decapod crustaceans found in all warm oceans and seas. Despite their name, they are not true lobsters, but are more closely related to spiny lobsters and furry lobsters.” They “are instantly recognizable by their enlarged antennae, which project forward from the head as wide plates.” This transformed antennae gives the the slipper lobster its distinctive shape.
Fact Source: wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipper_lobster#cite_note-Kavalli-2
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Biologists and conservationists maintain that establishing marine reserves — areas where fishing is off-limits or severely restricted — offers the best hope for recovery for our overstressed oceans. So why is such a small area of the world’s oceans protected?
by Bruce Barcott. Yale Environment 360
This week the National Marine Protected Areas Center, a tiny division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was scheduled to release an eight-page fact sheet titled “Marine Reserves in the United States.” Lauren Wenzel, the center’s director, was kind enough to send me an advance copy.
It’s a telling document. The brief report confirms what ocean advocates have been saying for years: Far too little of America’s ocean areas are protected. A little more than 3 percent of U.S. territorial waters — 381,969 square kilometers — are protected at the highest level as marine reserves. But 95 percent of that area is contained in a single reserve, the 363,680-square-kilometer Papahānaumokuākea National Monument (formerly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument) created by President George W. Bush in 2006. Without Papahānaumokuākea, marine reserves make up only one-tenth of 1 percent of U.S. waters. Read the Full article
Coral Reef Fact:
Sea butterflies are small sea snails which float freely in the water with the
currents. Their bodies have adapted to this existence, shrinking their shell & gills & the foot has become 2 wing-like lobes(parapodia) used to move it through the sea. Even though “their shell may be so fine as to be transparent, it is nevertheless calcareous” & threatened by ocean acidification.
Two-decade study unlocks secrets of “living fossil” fish. Not only is the coelacanth one of the world’s oldest fish species, but the individual fish may also be long-lived.
(From National Geographic / by Matt Kaplan) – A new study suggests the ancient fish can live up to a hundred years and even longer.
Until 1938, when a coelacanth (pronounced SEE-la-kanth) was found off Africa’s coast, scientists had believed the fish went extinct 65 million years ago with a related lineage of prehistoric fishes.
After the coelacanth’s rediscovery, a number of populations were uncovered in parts of the western Indian Ocean and in the western Pacific Ocean. Whether these populations were interconnected was a mystery. Read the full article
Watching Google Earth over time could show the effects of predator removal, such as through fishing, nearly anywhere on Earth, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.
A Google Earth image survey of the lagoon habitat at Heron Island within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef revealed distinct halo patterns within algal beds surrounding patch reefs. Underwater surveys confirmed that, as predicted, algal canopy height increases with distance from reef edges. This was due to herbivore grazing. In conjunction with behaviour studies, this shows that the actions the herbivores collectively took to avoid predators could be seen from space. Watching this over time provides and amazingly low cost way of monitoring the effects of predators. And indeed of the herbivores. Read the full article
The Huffington Post Posted: 06-14-11 12:24 PM
“Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World Of Sharks” is a new book that explores the way humans and cultures around the world interact with the ocean’s top predator.
Written by Juliet Eilperin, national environment report for The Washington Post, the book gives an up-close look at understanding both the mystery and power behind these creatures and the large imprint they’ve cemented in the human mind long before “Jaws” came on the scene.
“This is the shark book for the person who wants to understand both what sharks are, and what sharks mean. Bite into it,” author and president of Blue Ocean Institute Carl Safina says.
Check out some photos from “Demon Fish” below, and pick up a copy of the book to learn more.