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Ocean Roundup: Polar Bears Congregating in Manitoba, Northern Shrimp Declining across Their Range, and More

Polar bears could lose two-thirds of their population by mid century

Polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. (Photo: Valerie / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory held a meeting behind closed doors with state and federal officials and agencies involved with offshore drilling, which was closed to journalists, environmental groups, and the public. The meeting included discussions related to offshore oil and gas exploration that could be coming to the North Carolina coast within a few years. The Associated Press


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Bird Casualties from BP’s Gulf Spill Much Higher than Original Estimates

The BP oil spill had widespread effects on birds

An oiled gannet is cleaned at the Theodore Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2010 following the BP spill. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Wikimedia Commons)

In September, a federal judge found BP’s negligent and reckless behavior to be at fault for the 2010 BP oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.


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Ocean Roundup: Fish Finding It Difficult to Adapt to Climate Change, Oceans Warmer Than Thought, and More

Spiny damselfish could take generations to adapt to climate change

Spiny damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus). Juvenile spiny damselfish are having a difficult time adjusting to climate change. (Photo: Nikita / Wikimedia Commons)

- New research shows that fish aren’t quickly adapting to climate change, and it may take them several generations to do so. Researchers found that young spiny damselfish fish were no better than their parents at adapting to higher CO2 levels in seawater. The Guardian


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Ocean Roundup: Gulf Businesses Won’t Return BP Payouts, Whales May Have More than One Spleen, and More

Some whales may have more than one spleen

A humpback whale. Some humpback whale specimens had more than one spleen. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons)

- California’s Dungeness crab fishery is one of the state’s most valuable fisheries, but many of the crab traps get lost at sea. Some commercial fishermen in that industry recently paired with the University of California Davis to collect old derelict traps, and have caught 556 since July. Phys.org


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Ocean Roundup: Western Australia Recommended to Halt Shark Cull, Orca Pod Saves Member from Fishing Gear, and More

Orca pod helped rescue a struggling member in fishing gear

A pod of orcas. Recently, members of an orca pod off New Zealand helped rescue a fellow whale from fishing gear. (Photo: Marie and Alistair Knock / Flickr Creative Commons)

- In a remarkable rescue, members of an orca pod helped save one of their own from fishing gear off New Zealand. Rescuers say the pod pushed the orca, who was carrying a 77-pound cray pot line, to the ocean’s surface to breath, and rescuers were then able to take over to free her from the gear. The Dodo


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Ocean Roundup: Endangered Orca Pod Welcomes Calf, Atmospheric CO2 Levels Reach Record High, and More

New calf joins southern resident whale population

A southern resident orca mother and her calf. For the first time since 2012, a new calf has joined the population. (Photo: NOAA's National Ocean Service / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A new study found that tiny crabs of the species Planes major, which were thought to hitch rides on the back of sea turtle shells and remain there for life with a mate, may not be as monogamous as once thought. New research shows that males may actually hop off turtles in search of a mate in what researchers are calling “risky behavior.” Smithsonian Science


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Ocean Roundup: New Deep-Sea Mushroom Discovered, Japan Announces Plans for Minke Whale Hunting, and More

Japan announced it will resume minke whale hunting in 2015

A minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen)

- Scientists say that the Gulf of Maine is warming 99 percent faster than the world’s oceans. This presents serious issues for fisheries, as many commercial important species like cod, herring, and northern shrimp are moving to colder waters. CBC News


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

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: Gray Whales Showing Signs of Recovery, Gulf of Mexico Fish Lesions Linked to BP Oil Spill, and More

Gray whales are showing signs of recovery in California

A gray whale. (Photo: WhaleRiot / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A team of researchers that’s been monitoring gray whale populations off California for several years say that their numbers are increasing. Marine observers have spotted 431 gray whale mothers and calves so far this year as they make their annual migration to the Arctic. UT San Diego


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Ocean News: BP Wants Money Back for Overpayments, Obama Has a Big Opportunity to Protect Whales, and More

A group of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)

A group of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas). (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez)

- Scientists are predicting a slighter larger than average “dead zone” for the Chesapeake Bay this summer, meaning that nearly 2 cubic miles of the Bay will lack the needed dissolved oxygen for fish and crabs. The Gulf of Mexico, on the other hand, is predicted to have average-sized dead zone, caused by excessive nutrient pollution from wastewater and agriculture. The Baltimore Sun


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