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Ocean Roundup: Rare Blue Lobster Caught in Maine, Cephalopod Skin Providing Groundwork for New Technology, and More

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) in Portugal. Cephalopods, like octopuses, have been inspiration for new technology. (Photo:  Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

- New York City may seem like the last place to spot whales, but these cetaceans are making a comeback in the area. This summer, an eco-tourism group has spotted 52 whales alone. CBS News

- A recent study estimates that sea level rise could increase anywhere from less than half an inch up to more than a foot this century solely from Antarctic ice melt—predictions much higher than before. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called the Antarctic ice sheet the “biggest potential source” of sea level rise. Climate Central

- A father and daughter fishing-duo caught a rare blue lobster off the coast of Maine earlier this week. The chances of catching a blue lobster, caused by a genetic defect, are about 1 in 2 million. The Washington Times

- Researchers have mimicked cephalopod skin, which can change colors to mimic its surroundings, into technology that allows materials to match their surroundings. Possible uses for the technology range from defense to industry and toys. Marine Science Today

- A bottlenose dolphin off of New Zealand who lost her calf five years agree is thought to have “adopted” another calf from a different species. Experts recently saw this dolphin nursing a common dolphin calf. The Northern Advocate


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