Archive for March, 2013

 

Threats to turtles

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The biggest threat to the continuation of the turtles does not come from sharks or disease, it comes from humans. An article published last year said that 35 percent of the world’s green sea turtles are found in marine protected areas, where the only difference from anywhere else is that the area is more protected […]

Cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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On the 20th April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. Two days later a wellhead was found releasing thousands of barrels of oil per day, which totalled to an overall volume of 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the gulf. Response clean up crews began immediately trying […]

Fluorescent Light Indicates Coral Health

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A recent study at UC San Diego has led to the discovery that fluorescent light given off by corals is a good indication of its health.  Previously, the purpose of the fluorescence was widely unknown and misunderstood.  However, tests revealed that corals will give off strong fluorescent light under very little stress, but begin to dim […]

Competitive pods of Humpback Whales

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The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is 1,218 nautical square miles of protected waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands where an estimated 15,000 Humpback Whales from Alaska come to give birth and mate (http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/management/welcome.html). Recently I was part of a research cruise focusing on competitive pods of Humpback Whales, which are pods of […]

Ciguatera, a dangerous poison

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Hey everyone, I’d like to bring up the topic of Ciguatera, a dangerous type of fish poisoning found here in Hawaii and many other parts of the tropics across the world. Ciguatera stems from a particular dinoflaggelate (a small microbe) who calls coral reefs it’s home. This organism is eaten by many herbivores on the […]

Coral reef cultivation

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Coral reef cultivation is the process of fragmenting living coral and culturing it in a laboratory. This technique can be used for the purpose of growing and replanting the coral in a dying coral reef. An overcrowded reef is picked to remove certain coral to make more room for growth for the remaining coral; the […]