Welcome to MarineBio
MarineBio is a U.S. 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit organization and is supported entirely by donations and Society memberships. Our network is maintained by volunteer marine biologists, students, professors, and conservation advocates around the world.
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Ocean Life News
When the Oceans Failed By Ghislaine Maxwell
All you hear about is water scarcity, water wars, failing crops, record heat, cold, snow, and flooding. Were the ocean and its problems at the root of the climate change problem? I cast my mind back to when I became interested in all things ocean-related. It was in 2010, when I went on a cruise around the Galapagos.
California's toxic waters make for toxic shark, like the one caught in Huntington Beach
Scientists have long known the higher an animal is on the food chain, the more toxins it will collect. But one of the largest mako sharks ever — caught in 2013 — illustrates just how filled with toxins those kings of the sea can become, according to a paper published this month in the Journal of Fish Biology.
Why IFLScience is Anti-Science
A website that intentionally misleads people for pageviews has no business in science communication.
Analysis: Republican Attacks on Endangered Species Up 600 Percent Per Year
Unprecedented Assault Undermines Landmark Law Protecting America's Most Vulnerable Animals, Plants
How Jellyfish Break Down Oil After a Spill By Emily Frost
The tiny movements from the jellies produce small underwater waves and currents that can move quite large volumes of water. It's possible that the small turbulence created by jellyfish (and other animals) could be enough to break down oil after a spill.
Why Are Hundreds Of Thousands Of Salmon Dying In The Northwest? By Natasha Geiling
Each year, around July 1, thousands of sockeye salmon pass the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam on their way to their spawning grounds in northern Washington and Canada. Centuries ago, sockeye salmon runs could be as large as three million fish. Last year — in the largest run since the construction of the Bonneville Dam in 1938 — 645,100 sockeye made the trip from the Pacific through the Columbia River.
Oceans Called A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule
There are about 140 million square miles of open ocean, and according to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, much of it is essentially lawless. As Mark Young, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former chief of enforcement for the Pacific Ocean, told Urbina, the maritime realm is "like the Wild West. Weak rules, few sheriffs, lots of outlaws."
Many immigrants, low-income families fish for their meals, unaware of mercury warnings By Scott McFetridge
It's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River.
Robotic gliders herald sea of change in ocean survey work
Robotic underwater Seagliders used by the Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science have now gathered the equivalent of five years of oceanographic data, most of which was collected in the past 18 months.
How is the life of a marine turtle? | All you need is Biology
I have talked about marine turtles in some past posts. In concrete, about the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). In the following weeks, I am going to talk more about this amazing marine animals. In particular, this week I will explain how is the life of a marine turtle, especially about the loggerhead sea turtle, and in the next one, I am talking about which are the threats that endanger these animals and about what we can do to save them.
Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?
Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate. This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.
Find out about the issues marine life currently faces and what we can all do to help (and why we should). Hear from leading scientists and advocates about the science involved in Marine Conservation Biology and discover what organizations around the world are also doing in the fight to save our ocean, its life and ultimately ourselves. For a wonderful introduction to wildlife conservation, check out the 12 essays by Dr. Moyle and join the discussions in our blog, on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Sharing the wonder of marine life is what started MarineBio, so in this section we explore information on the science, biology, taxonomy, morphology, etc. of the fascinating marine life that inhabits our ocean. Browse our marine life databases where we're currently working to provide the best home pages for the most common and threatened marine species.
- Marine Species Databases - Browse or search our species home pages for marine birds, fishes, reptiles, seals & sea lions, sharks & rays, squid & octopuses, whales & dolphins, and more....
- Video Library - Watch hours of online videos from MarineBio Expeditions and carefully selected from across the Web of marine life and related movies, documentaries, trailers and even lectures.
- Photo Galleries - Explore hundreds of our best underwater photos of marine life and from some of the world's best photographers around the world...
This evolving section explores just some of what is known about our ocean and basically provides an online introduction to marine biology and ocean science. Here we begin the journey into this planet's largest living space — The Ocean.
For current and future students of marine science, we provide updated links to resources, academic institutions, and marine labs offering curricula in the various disciplines related to the study of the ocean and marine life.
MarineBio's marine science quizzes, MarineBio kids, interesting ocean facts, ocean mysteries, scuba diving, and submarines! Check out our expedition photo galleries and great videos of marine life such as the flamboyant cuttlefishes, scorpionfishes, sea slugs and the rare white V octopus. Stop by our Amazon bookshop and buy selected ocean-related books and DVDs and MarineBio's Ocean Gear Shop with cool t-shirts, prints, calendars and much more... all proceeds go directly toward our conservation and research projects.
Professionals in the marine sciences are an important part of the MarineBio community. MarineBio's resources provide a convenient clearinghouse of information and links to academic resources including: Relevant journals ~ Reference books ~ Online research tools (databases etc.) ~ Worldwide marine conservation organizations ~ Aquariums around the world ~ Marine life hourly news...
The ocean is our earth's greatest natural resource. It is the place of origin for most life forms. Millions of people rely on the ocean for survival. Twelve million fishermen operate three million vessels landing around 90 million tons of fish each year, providing work for over 200 million people worldwide.
More than 60% of the global population live within 60 km of the coast. The ocean provides the majority of our oxygen and the rain itself. The ocean buffers the weather and helps regulate global temperature and manages vast amounts of our pollutants. More than 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the ocean every year.
The ocean is home to some of the most amazing creatures on earth, ~80% of the world's biodiversity lives in the sea and there is still so much to be discovered. At least 100 million unnamed species live on the ocean floor alone. Thousands of pharmaceutical compounds have been isolated from marine animals and plants. The cures for HIV/AIDs, cancer, malaria, tuberculosis and leukemia, etc. could lie beneath the waves. The ocean surrounds us all, yet more is known about the Moon and Mars. We are just now beginning to understand the ocean and with that understanding comes the increasing realization that the ocean is in deep trouble. Marine conservation efforts so far are simply overwhelmed by the number and scale of the problems the ocean faces.
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