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The Oceana Scanner, Tenacious Critter Edition

This week in ocean news,

...a federal appeals court ruled that a Hong Kong company should not have been forced to give up the proceeds from 32 tons of shark fins seized by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002 from the vessel King Diamond II. The 64,695 pounds of shark fins were valued at $618,956...

...a three-year study found a thriving reef fish community around three freighters sunk off the coast of Florida...

...a graduate student discovered that sand dollar larvae can clone themselves in an effort to escape predation...

...the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council voted to close all federal waters around Guam to fishing with big nets...

...Japanese researchers found that the Gulf Stream current pumps warm air up to seven miles into the atmosphere, affecting weather patterns around the globe...

...rockfish in the Puget Sound, including bocaccio, canary, yelloweye, greenstripe and redstripe rockfish, will be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act...

...for the first time in 60 years, honeycomb worms were observed creating reefs off the northern coast of Wales....

...researchers discovered references to Arctic air pollution as long ago as 1870....

...the band Fall Out Boy was set to play Antarctica...

...and a 69-year-old Japanese man set across the Pacific in the world's first boat propelled by wave action. In 2002, he travelled the ocean in a yacht made of recycled beer cans.


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