Whale Graveyard
Whale Graveyard
On a remote peninsula in Chile, over three hundred sei whales beached themselves. An expedition is setting off to recover some of the bones

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On Monday, February 6, 2017, around 1:30 a.m. CST, a sonic boom shook residents of the Midwest as a bright green fireball streaked through the night sky. The sound was that of a meteor, nearly the size of a minivan, entering our atmosphere. After its fall to Earth, radar spotted the end of its journey over Lake Michigan, approximately 10 miles off the coast of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Teen explorers from Chicago, led by scientists from the Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons program, The Shedd Aquarium, and The Field Museum, team up to take on this Underwater ROV Meteorite Hunt. Interested explorers wanted!
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We're on a mission to unveil the secret world of feather stars, from shallow to mesophotic depths, micro-world to voracious predators that feast on them. Enjoy the adventure!
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Lurking in the mists and fog, just thirty miles from San Francisco, lie the Farallon Islands. Called the Devil's Teeth by wary mariners and the islands of the Dead by Native Americans, these jagged spires and barren rocks are a Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and nested within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. These enigmatic islands are critical habitat for 350,000 nesting seabirds, 6 species of seals and sea lions, amazing fish including great white sharks! The Farallon Islands are also part of our California Marine Protected Area network. Lesser known are our coastal Marin Protected Areas in the Golden Gate region including Point Reyes, Duxbury Reef, Drakes Estero and several special closures. The MPA Watch program is part of the collaborative effort to monitor MPAs for human activity and habitat, and educate the public on marine protection. We are using the Trident to examine habitat and species offshore, but also nearshore in eelgrass beds in the San Francisco Bay and Drakes Estero. This program provides monitoring opportunities, education and adventure. Located so close to our coastline, the island wildlife and habitat have been impacted from overfishing, sealing and pollution historically and remain at risk from oil spills and shipping. As part of the ecosystem managed of 124 MPAs, our marine wildlife and habitat have an opportunity to recover. Solutions include event protection as part of our State network of marine protected areas and applying citizen science observations collecting data on wildlife and human behavior using app technology. With the Trident ROV we are recording observations of benthic and nektonic wildlife, and human interactions within the MPAs. Every fall Shark Stewards leads public education expeditions to the islands discussing history, natural history and ocean solutions and applies citizen science to marine conservation. Now using the Trident drones, we are collecting scientific observations for our California Marine Protected Area network that can be used by fisheries biologists and managers. Using Whale Alert and iNaturalist apps we also record whale and shark observations inside the Sanctuary.
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Our expedition’s mission aims to improve live remote undersea exploration through a rich immersive experience involving several user’s senses. The base for this experience is SenseSeat (http://sense-seat.com), a computational multisensorial seat that can be digitally controlled and vary the frequency and intensity of visual, auditory and olfactory stimulus. While being monitored users will be able to freely explore the ocean. At the end they will be asked to report on their experience. Our goal is to improve the user experience of remote undersea exploration as a mean to increase the awareness of the sea to the general public by stimulating their curiosity while enabling more people to experience the sea wonders.
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Humpback whales are an important for Icelandic communities and the world, providing economic opportunities through whale watching ecotourism. Yet, very little is known about their social behavior, population dynamics, and fine scale movements in Iceland; or the impact that climate change will have on them and the effect this may have on the communities dependent them. Join me as I follow the journey of humpback whales, monitoring their behavior and tracking their movements, gathering data that is not only crucial for their conservation and long-term survival, but which will also help us better understand the state of the oceans through which they travel.
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To record the changes in the coral reefs and the marine life and the flora and fauna of the Indonesian archipelago. Noting the human impacts.
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Lwiro, Sud-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Aug 12 2007 to Oct 26 2018
Congo Quest for New Species
Follow the expeditions (from 2007-present) of evolutionary biologist and herpetologist Eli Greenbaum as he collaborates with an all-Congolese team of biologists to search for new species of amphibians and reptiles in remote jungles of Central Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo. Because scientific research of biodiversity in DR Congo has been severely limited for decades, the team discovers several new species during every expedition to the country, which have been occurring nearly every year since 2007. These exciting discoveries come with a heavy price—the team must navigate a gauntlet of rebel militia, deadly tropical diseases, dangerous animals, rugged terrain, and crumbling infrastructure. This blog will tell stories about the challenges and triumphs of scientific research under some of the harshest fieldwork conditions in the world. Along the way, we will shed light on unexpected connections between science and the humanities, including surprising historical links between DR Congo and the United States.

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Originally built in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay ON) in 1959, the Alexander Henry was utilized as an icebreaker and buoy tender by the Canadian Coast Guard. After the vessels retirement in 1984, the Alexander Henry became a museum ship for the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, ON. In 2017, the Alexander Henry returned home to Thunder Bay after the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society purchased the vessel for $2. In October (2018), researchers from Lakehead University began to document the museum ship with a Ricoh 360 degree camera. The aim for this research is: 1) To determine if virtual technology can be used to create tours for people with accessibility issues. 2) To examine the methodology for its potential use on shipwrecks within Lake Superior. 3) To raise awareness of Northwestern Ontario's maritime heritage. Pictured is Alex Bilyk from the Natural Resources Department and CARIS Lab at Lakehead University. Photo credit goes to me, Chris McEvoy, research archaeologist and former MES graduate from LU. Follow the link below to see a segment of the virtual tour. Thanks for Following!
For text in Portuguese skip down. By our Marine Biologist Luiza Gomes The Ilha Grande State Park (PEIG) is located in Ilha Grande Bay, Angra dos Reis - RJ and has a surface area of 120.52 km². Together with two other conservation units (Praia do Sul Biological Reserve and Aventureiro State Marine Park), Ilha Grande comprises the third largest Brazilian oceanic island, with a surface area of 193 km². The entire region is part of the Tamoios Environmental Protection Area (APA Tamoios), which extends from the municipality of Paraty to the municipality of Mangaratiba. (Lopes Mendes Beach - Ilha Grande ) The island has lush landscapes, uniting in harmony a dense forest of Atlantic forest, areas of mangrove and the marine environment. In the terrestrial environment, you can visit caves, waterfalls, hiking and cycling while admiring an untouched nature. It has an extremely rich and diverse fauna and flora, with many species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, trees and flowers typical of this landscape. ( Hylodes fredi ) The protection of this biodiversity is crucial, mainly due to the presence of the endemic Fred-Frog (Hylodes fredi) of the island, and the endangered and endemic Atlantic Forest Monkey Bugio (Alouatta guariba clamitans). In the marine environment, scuba diving and snorkeling are the main attractions of the island, due to the presence of more than 900 species of fish, seaweed, mollusks, corals, crustaceans, turtles and jellyfishes. In addition, dolphins can be observed from the boat and humpback whales visit the perimeter of the Park from July to November. (Coral Sol - Invasive Species ) The temperature of the water varies between 18 ° C and 25 ° C, and in summer, it can reach 14 ° C due to the thermocline. However, even paradise has negative signs caused by humans, such as the presence of Coral-sol (invasive species in Brazil) and pollution. Therefore, we must help to preserve this environment so beautiful and so important for the balance of the planet. Portuguese: O Parque Estadual da Ilha Grande (PEIG) está localizado na Baía da Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis – RJ e possui 120,52 km² de área. Junto com outras duas unidades de conservação (Reserva Biológica da Praia do Sul e o Parque Estadual Marinho do Aventureiro), a Ilha Grande compreende a terceira maior ilha oceânica brasileira, com 193 km² de área. Toda essa região está inserida na Área de Proteção Ambiental de Tamoios (APA Tamoios), que estende-se desde o município de Paraty até o município de Mangaratiba. A ilha apresenta paisagens exuberantes, unindo em harmonia uma densa floresta de mata atlântica, áreas de manguezal e o ambiente marinho. No ambiente terrestre, é possível visitar grutas e cavernas, cachoeiras, realizar caminhadas e ciclismo enquanto admira uma natureza praticamente intocada. Apresenta uma fauna e flora extremamente rica e diversa, com muitas espécies de anfíbios, répteis, aves, mamíferos e árvores e flores típicas dessa paisagem. A proteção dessa biodiversidade é crucial, principalmente pela presença da rã-de-fred (Hylodes fredi), endêmica da ilha, e do macaco Bugio (Alouatta guariba clamitans), ameaçado de extinção e endêmico da Mata Atlântica. Já no ambiente marinho, o mergulho autônomo e o snorkeling são as principais atrações da ilha, por conta da presença de mais de 900 espécies de peixes, algas, moluscos, corais, crustáceos, tartarugas e águas vivas. Além disso, golfinhos podem ser observados da embarcação e as baleias jubartes visitam o perímetro do Parque nos meses de julho a novembro. A temperatura da água varia entre 18°C e 25°C, sendo que no verão, pode atingir 14°C por conta da termoclina. Entretanto, até o paraíso apresenta sinais negativos causados por seres humanos, como a presença do Coral-sol (espécie invasora no Brasil) e a poluição. Por isso, devemos ajudar a preservar esse ambiente tão bonito e tão importante para o equilíbrio do planeta.
The need for developing middle and high school curriculum was inspired by the research performed in the Malpelo Islands of Colombia. Dr Juan Sánchez​ and Dr Manu Forero-Shelton, who are collaborators on this current project, were joined by Angela P. Fuentes-Pardo, Íde Ní Almhain, Néstor E. Ardila-Espitia, Jaime Cantera-Kintz to investigate the mimicry behavior demonstrated by egg-cowries with their host species of octocorals. This research explored the factors influencing the mimicry including natural selection from predation as well as phenotypic plasticity. To read the research published from these investigations click here: https://peerj.com/articles/2051/

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