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Creature Feature: Ocean Sunfish

Posted Thu, Nov 20, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to creature feature, drift gillnets, jellyfish, mola mola, ocean sunfish

Ocean sunfish can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.

An ocean sunfish (Mola mola). (Photo: © Mark Harris)

Ocean sunfish, also called the common mola, are arguably one of the ocean’s funniest looking fish. Their back fin that they are born with never actually grows, and instead just folds into itself and forms a blunt, flattened structure called the clavus, says National Geographic. This means that sunfish must swim by flapping their dorsal and anal fins side to side, making them sometimes appear to be awkward swimmers.


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Ocean Roundup: Federal Agencies Called Out on Ocean Acidification Inaction, Steller Sea Lions May Have a New Predator, and More

Posted Thu, Oct 16, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to jellyfish, Louisiana oysters, ocean acidification, pacific sleeper shark, steller sea lions

Pacific sleeper sharks may be preying on steller sea lions

Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups. New research shows Pacific sleeper sharks may be preying on Steller sea lions. (Photo: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife / Flickr Creative Commons)

- The Government Accountability Office has called out federal agencies for not implementing key parts of a 2009 law on ocean acidification, like estimating research costs. Some say that the news is troubling, especially since the federal government plays a key role in addressing ocean acidification. The Hill


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Ocean Roundup: Australia Releases Great Barrier Reef Management Plan, West Coast Starfish See Hope for Recovery, and More

Posted Mon, Sep 22, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to animal migration, great barrier reef, jellyfish, oysters, sea star wasting disease

Australia released a 35 year management plan for the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef. The Australian government released a 35-year management plan for the Reef. (Photo: Bruce Tuten / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Following a recent scare to conservationists worldwide that the Great Barrier Reef would become a dredge dumping site, the Australian government released a 35-year management plan last week for this World Heritage site. Many scientists are conservationists, however, are saying that the report isn’t comprehensive enough to restore the Reef and that it has “no measurable, deliverable action.”  The New York Times


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Ocean Roundup: Florida Receives Federal Help for Oyster Recovery, Climate Change Linked to Iceland’s Puffin Decline, and More

Posted Thu, Aug 28, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bp oil spill, jellyfish, ocean acidification, oyster recovery, puffins

Puffin nesting has declined in Iceland

An Icelandic puffin. (Photo: Martin Ystenes / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Florida is receiving $6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for oyster recovery in  Apalachicola Bay in northwest Florida—a fishery that crashed in 2012 and 2013. The money will go towards oyster recovery, oyster monitoring, community assistance, and other outlets. WCTV


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Ocean News: Nicaragua Dispatches Military to Protect Baby Turtles, New Zealand Bans Shark Finning, and More

Posted Wed, Aug 20, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to codfish, jellyfish, olive ridleys, shark fin bans

An olive ridley sea turtle hatching, a species to be protected by the Nicaraguan

An olive ridley sea turtle hatching, a species to be protected by the Nicaraguan military. (Photo: S M / Flickr Creative Commons)

- As sea turtle hatching season gets underway in Nicaragua, the nation’s military has been sent to the coast to protect baby sea turtles from poachers. Poaching has historically been an issue in Nicaragua, but has improved in recent years. The Dodo


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Photos: A Look at Some of the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Tentacles

Posted Thu, Jul 24, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to jellyfish, jellyfish blooms, jellyfish stings, octopus, tentacles

Jellyfish tentacles close up

Muave stinger jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) photographed off the Balearic Islands, Spain. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

If you’ve spent some time at the coast this summer, the chances are you’ve had a close encounter with a jellyfish, as these invertebrates have earned quite the reputation in the media for “invading” coastal areas and causing a “jellyfish apocalypse” in recent years.


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Ocean News: Whale Sharks Visiting Azore Islands More Frequently, Volunteers Help Disabled Sea Turtle Nest, and More

Posted Thu, Jul 17, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to coral reef disease, English Channel overfishing, jellyfish, loggerhead sea turtle, whale shark

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus)

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus). (Photo Oceana / Tim Calver)

- After two attempts at nesting this summer, volunteers helped a loggerhead sea turtle missing her right rear flipper successfully lay a nest on Masonboro Island, North Carolina. The sea turtle tried to nest 15 times this summer before the volunteers were able to help her. Star News Online


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Ocean News: Diseased Fish Linked with BP Oil Spill, Rock Oysters Could Withstand Ocean Acidification, and More

Posted Fri, Jul 11, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to BP oil spill diseased fish, fishery investments, jellyfish, jellyfish stings, ocean acidification, rock oysters

Fish at a seafood market

Fish at a seafood market. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

- Prince Charles and his International Sustainability Unit want to turn fisheries into an investment opportunity, according to a new report. The report said that approaching fisheries management sustainably could help achieve social, environmental, and economic goals. The Guardian


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Ocean News: Researchers Discover How Disco Clams Light Up, Pygmy Blue Whales Found to Winter Off Indonesia, and More

Posted Mon, Jun 30, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to disco clam, emperor penguins, jellyfish, pygmy blue whales, sea turtle rescue

The disco clam.

The disco clam (Ctenoides ales). (Photo: Jayvee Fernandez / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists found fossils indicating that animals have been building reefs for 548 million years, about 7 million years earlier than previously thought. This means animals starting depositing calcium carbonate shells around the Cambrian explosion. Nature


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