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Scientists discover new Ruby Seadragon species in the Pacific Ocean

Scientists discover new Ruby Seadragon species in the Pacific Ocean

While they’re not quite the Game of Thrones-style fire breathing kind, some new dragons have scientists pretty excited. A new species of sea dragon that was recently discovered in the Pacific Ocean

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Capsized iceberg resembles a sapphire in the Southern Ocean

Capsized iceberg resembles a sapphire in the Southern Ocean

As Filmmaker Alex Cornell, explored a glacial cove in Antarctica recently, a flipped iceberg made an appearance, rising nearly 30 feet out of the water and exposing a shimmering surface, free of snow and

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Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

pic Sea turtles living off the coast of Australia face a growing danger in their own habitat: ocean plastic. The amount of plastic debris in the waters surrounding Australia is growing rapidly and so

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet

A research team at work on the coast of West Antarctica has uncovered evidence that points to climate change deep beneath one of most isolated parts of the ocean. Earlier this month, a team of 40

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Invisible canoe offers full view of the world under the sea

Invisible canoe offers full view of the world under the sea

Move over, glass-bottom boats: this canoe/kayak hybrid is entirely transparent. You might feel like Wonder Woman cruising in her invisible jet as you glide through the waters with a full view of

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VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

Seals are truly beautiful creatures, aren't they? With their dark, liquid eyes and ready smiles, it's easy to see how people can develop such a kinship with them, and how stories about seal-people called

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VIDEO: A Baby Elephant’s First Trip to the Ocean

VIDEO: A Baby Elephant’s First Trip to the Ocean

Incredibly intelligent, empathetic, and just gorgeous to admire, elephants form close friendship bonds with those around them, and have strong connections with their family members. Their babies are also

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code. This was developed in response to already

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Climate Change Caused by Ocean Currents, New Research Shows

Climate Change Caused by Ocean Currents, New Research Shows

Greenhouse gasses may not be the sole culprit behind climate change. According to a new study, ocean currents also play a huge part in regulating our climate. Phys.org reports that Rutgers University

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Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

The effects of climate change seem to know no bounds: new research shows carbon emissions have dramatically increased the acidity of our oceans to the point where our entire food web is at risk of

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Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

Natural methane leakage from the sea floor is far more widespread off the U.S. East Coast than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience this week. Researchers from

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA's east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were devastating. Hurricane

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to breed a mega

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

Proving that ocean garbage is anything but trash, a Canadian company has built the world's first-ever 3D-printed item made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. The Recycling Council of British Columbia

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Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Americans love to eat seafood. In fact, seafood consumption in the United States has grown 50 percent in the last 50 years, with shrimp, tuna and salmon topping the list as most popular choices. What many

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Visitors Warned Against Skinny Dipping as Testicle-Munching Fish Invade European Beaches

Visitors Warned Against Skinny Dipping as Testicle-Munching Fish Invade European Beaches

Ever been skinny dipping? There's something exhilarating about gliding through the water in nothing but your birthday suit. But if you're in Sweden or Denmark, now's not the time to try it. A frightening

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Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

This summer, over a hundred dead dolphins washed up on the shores of the East Coast of the United States, and scientists are baffled about the cause. Whatever is hurting the animals is specifically

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Japanese Government Will Help TEPCO Build a Wall of Frozen Soil to Contain Radioactive Water Leakage

Japanese Government Will Help TEPCO Build a Wall of Frozen Soil to Contain Radioactive Water Leakage

© IAEA ImageBank According to Japan’s Natural Resources and Energy Agency, Fukushima Daiichi, a nuclear plant just 130 miles northeast of Tokyo is leaking roughly 300 tons of highly radioactive

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

The head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Shinji Kinjo has described the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as an "emergency". He was referring to the plant operator's

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Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the

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Cryo: Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

Cryo: Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

When you imagine a high-stakes Navy spy mission, you might think of something like a shark with laser beam on its head, a swift and graceful manta ray, or even some sort of mechanical fish. Instead,

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to tackling the enormous challenge of curbing climate change, we humans may need to look to some very small organisms for help. A study published in the

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Research Shows the Hole in the Antarctic Ozone Has Changed Ocean Circulation

Research Shows the Hole in the Antarctic Ozone Has Changed Ocean Circulation

In what feels like a flashback to the 1990's, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are once again in the news. Scientists have found that thinning in the ozone layer over the Antarctic caused in large part by these

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Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Creates Massive Algae Bloom in Pacific Ocean

Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Creates Massive Algae Bloom in Pacific Ocean

Photo via Shutterstock The Guardian is reporting that a July dump of 100 tonnes of iron sulphate in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, by California businessman Russ George

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Jonathan Fuller’s Beautiful Sea Glass Mosaics Pay Tribute to the Power of the Ocean

Jonathan Fuller’s Beautiful Sea Glass Mosaics Pay Tribute to the Power of the Ocean

When washed up on the beach, sea glass looks like tiny pieces of treasure. Hand-collecting each piece, Cornish artist Jonathan Fuller assembles mounds of glass into mosaics set against plain, white

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