Archive for March, 2014


Changing Climate Effects on Polar Bears

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Global warming, the changing of the Earth’s climate, is happening. This phenomena evidently brought about by anthropogenic activity will cause an average increase in global temperatures, rise in sea level, and the reduction of arctic ice cover, among other effects. As the Earth warms up, the habitable range of the polar bear, which is the […]

Small-scale Fisheries Increase Loggerhead and Green Turtles Death

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Throughout the eastern Mediterranean there are many different marine vertebrates that have populated the coastal waters two specific marine vertebrates are the loggerhead and green turtles. In the specific area of North Cyprus there is a conservational issue that is arising. This issue is the small-scale fishery that targets siganids with the use of trammel-net […]

the problems of overfishing…

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Bycatch and overfishing populations are global problems facing the world today. Having a very negative effect on the ocean as a whole, and the fight to stop these problems seems to fall onto the environment conscious person shoulder only. When it should be everyone’s problem. A good argument can be leveled against stopping these things […]

Asexual Sharks = Human Selection?

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Remember learning about asexual and sexual reproduction in every single biology course you’ve ever taken? No matter what, teachers constantly bring up the two-fold cost of sex and the benefits associated with each mode of reproduction. Topics are glossed over and examples are given. The majority of examples for asexual reproduction are pulled from prokaryotic […]

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

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The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands was created to protect and preserve the marine diversity and limit destructive human influence. This 140,000 square mile area contains some of the world’s most unique marine life. Turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and thousands of fish species live there. New evidence is showing that the […]

Threats of Global Climate Change on Endangered Manatees in Florida

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There has been a lot of attention on how climate change is affecting Polar regions, however it appears that global climate change may have devastating effects on warm water animals as well. The endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is one of the large marine mammals facing increased pressures. Changes in water temperature in winter […]

Is Captivity a Source of Profit or Science?

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As a young child, I grew up loving any type of activity that dared to test my thrill limits and stimulated my mind. Whether it was visiting amusement parks, Aquariums, Zoo’s, or Sea World, I did it all and loved every minute of it. Today, as I grow and learn more about how society thrives […]

Deadly Medicine

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Cone snails are extremely dangerous marine molluscs that pose enormous threats due to the toxic venom they release. These conotoxins are contained in a microscopic harpoon, which is released through the proboscis, a tongue-like structure. After approximately 30 seconds the ejected harpoon is replaced from an internal harpoon sac and a new harpoon is reloaded […]

Issues on Bottom Trawling: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Bottom trawls are highly used practices in the fishing industry. Specifically, bottom trawling is focused on harvesting the shrimp and fish that live at the sea floor. Heavy nets are dragged along, with additional weights and hard rubber wheels to collect fish. These deep sea fishing strategies are major contributors to the fishing economy worldwide. […]

Octopus displays mimicry and camouflage

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Octopuses are one of the most amazing and intelligent sea creatures in our oceans.  They are well known for their instantaneous ability to camouflage and change the colors, patterns, and textures of their skin with their surroundings.  They are also fast swimmers and jet forward by expelling water through their mantle.  However, some octopus species […]