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Ocean News: Great Barrier Reef Health at Greater Risk than Ever Before, Rare Deep Sea Amphipod Caught on Tape, and More

The Eddy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef. (Photo: Paul Toogood / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists caught the largest species of amphipod, Alicella gigantean, on camera for the first time. The nearly 1-foot-long creature was spotted four miles below the ocean’s surface. New Scientist  

- A North Korean vessel damaged nearly an acre of coral in the Gulf of Mexico when the ship ran aground late last month. Elkhorn coral and seven other coral species were damaged by the navigational error that caused this accident. The Times of India

Long Read:

- The Great Barrier Reef’s health is already in a dire state from coal dust, pollution, and acidification, and its health is at a greater risk than ever before thanks to the impending coal dredging project. But, it’s not just Australians that should be concerned about this, argues the author; this a global issue that threatens everyone’s ability to experience one of the wonders of the world. The Guardian

- Meet Tucker, a service dog with a special knack for scouting invasive species poop. This summer, Tucker is helping researchers study orcas, specifically the Southern Resident Killer Whale population off Washington, by leading the scientists onto their whale poo. The Wall Street Journal

Op-Ed:

- Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration is making a comeback after years of decline—and it’s a step forward for Bay health and for fishermen’s livelihood. This article takes a look at how public and private partnerships have lent to its success. National Geographic


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