On Sunday "60 Minutes" aired a great piece by Anderson Cooper on one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world, the Gardens of the Queen (or Jardines de la Reina) in Cuba.
Diving in, Cooper is not disappointed â€“ he is surrounded by colorful corals, large sharks and a 200-lb critically endangered goliath grouper.
Oceanaâ€™s research vessel, the Ranger, sailed to the Gardens of the Queen in 2008, and documented a wide variety of marine life including sharks and sea turtles.
Check it out:
Happy spring Friday!
Offshore drilling was on everyone's lips this week. And while we were disappointed with Obamaâ€™s decision to open new areas to drilling, he also cancelled four lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas that had been scheduled by President Bush and committed to conducting significant scientific research and monitoring before any new lease sales are held in those areas -- which is very good news for Arctic people and ecosystems.
In other ocean news,
â€¦U.S. Department of State banned imports of wild-caught Mexican shrimp if they are collected in ways that threaten endangered sea turtles; in other words, turtle excluder devices are now required in Mexicoâ€™s shrimp trawl nets.
â€¦NOAA administrator and marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco talked to Smithsonian Magazine about our changing view of the oceans, dead zones and a cohesive national ocean policy.
â€¦Anderson Cooper dove unprotected with great white sharks in South Africa with â€śshark manâ€ť Mike Rutzen. The video includes disturbing footage of a shark being finned and thrown back into the sea, still alive.