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Welcome to MarineBio

We invite you to explore the depths of MarineBio and find out about marine species, ocean conservation, research, and 101+ Ways to Make a Difference Today.

Learn more about MarineBio and Our Mission and welcome to our rapidly growing community here at the MarineBio Conservation Society.

Society donations and memberships are vital to keeping MarineBio online and growing. Join us today and help make a real difference.

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.

We all work together to share the wonders of the ocean realm while also promoting science education and inspiring awareness and action in marine conservation, research, and a sea ethic.

Make your voice heard by participating in our blog or at any of our social networking sites: Facebook, Facebook Groups, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc. Together our efforts are making the difference needed so that our ocean's many wonderful species will hopefully be able to thrive and survive. There is still much to do, so join us and get involved today so that we can all benefit from a healthy and plentiful ocean once again.

MarineBio is an evolving tribute to all ocean life and has been a central source online for the latest information concerning marine life and its biology, and especially its conservation, since 1998.

Ocean Life News

MarineBio Selected News >-<°°>-< Marine Life Daily News

Plastic Pollution — Preventing an incurable disease
By now, many people know that the ocean is filled with plastic debris. A recent study estimates that the amount of plastic waste that washes off land into the ocean each year is approximately 8 million metric tons.

Can the Chesapeake Bay (and its Signature Blue Crabs) Recover?
Blue crab season in the Chesapeake Bay is just around the corner. To fill his coffers between now and then, third-generation Virginia waterman J.C. Hudgins is fishing for menhaden, a type of fish used for bait. What he's seen in recent days comes as good news: clear water to a depth of eight feet.

Watch a Cruise Ship Pollute as Much as 13 Million Cars—in One Day
The industry is growing, and so is the environmental damage to the world's oceans.

Photo of second specimen of Mollisquama sp from paper Grace et al 2015.Second ever pocket shark described
The first pocket shark specimen, a 40 cm mature female, was collected from the Nazca Submarine Ridge in the southeast Pacific Ocean in 1984. It was subsequently used to describe that species and until now was the only specimen ever recorded. It would be 26 years until scientists came across the second, an immature male of just 14.2 cm. In 2010, a midwater trawl survey operating in the northern Gulf of Mexico, captured this shark whilst exploring the animals associated with sperm whale aggregations.

Make Ocean Sustainability a Sustainable Development Goal
Tell the UN to have a stand alone Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans, our most vast and precious resource! This Petition will be delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon himself by Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance. Sign and share please http://chn.ge/1d6Jj0J

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Discovering Data and Informing Regional Ocean Health Priorities with the West Coast Ocean Data Portal
Join us Tuesday, April 28 at 1pm EDT / 1am PDT / 5pm GMT. In this webinar, Todd Hallenbeck of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health will describe how practitioners can discover and analyze a comprehensive database of marine debris cleanup observations to visualize spatial patterns and trends. Understanding, tracking, and visualizing marine debris sources, sinks, and transport will help resource management agencies and NGOs work to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris and derelict fishing gear along the US West Coast. Access the portal at portal.westcoastoceans.org. For more information and to register, please click here.

Japan Gets The Boot Over Ties To Bloody Dolphin Hunt
Japanese zoos and aquariums obtain their dolphins in such a brutal way that they've been kicked out of the global zoo community until they end the practice. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), an international community of 1,300 facilities, announced on Wednesday that it had unanimously voted to suspend the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) due to concerns that JAZA members were obtaining captive dolphins from vicious Japanese drive hunts.

A dive into the reef's Twilight Zone
In this illuminating talk, Richard Pyle shows us thriving life on the cliffs of coral reefs and groundbreaking diving technologies he has pioneered to explore it. He and his team risk everything to reveal the secrets of undiscovered species.

Pictures: Billions of Blue Jellyfish Wash Up on American Beaches
The animals known as "by-the-wind sailors" stay out on the open ocean—until the winds change.

[Critically Endangered] Goliath grouper caught on Sanibel
SANIBEL, Fla.- A couple fishing at the beach got a huge surprise when they reeled in a 300 pound goliath grouper. "I have never seen a fish that big and I fish a lot, and I have caught some big fish," said Taylor Buckely.

Snorkeler Helps Release Mobula Ray Caught in Ghost Fishing Net [facebook video]:

Shelf Life Episode 6 - The Tiniest Fossils ~ American Museum of Natural History [youtube video]
You could easily mistake foraminifera fossils for flecks of dust, but these tiny specimens hold big insights about Earth's climate. Scientific Assistant Bushra Hussaini, researcher Ellen Thomas, Curator Neil Landman, and intern Shaun Mahmood are preserving this invaluable collection.

Tiny plastic, big problem
Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances, threatening the ocean ecosystem

Sea is Life from Nino Del Duca [vimeo video]
This video is a collection of underwater images that should remind us of the beauty of the marine life... It's a collaboration between Nicolas Bulostin (Aqualise) and Nino Del Duca (Sharkman Video Productions).

Exclusive: Deep-Sea Sharks and More Spotted by New Camera
April 21, 2015 - National Geographic's remote imaging team uses drop-cam technology to explore deep ocean mysteries. In this video, mechanical engineer Alan Turchik explains how the drop cam works and reveals footage of underwater life never before seen in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The camera captured images of a gulper shark, not previously known to occupy these waters.

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Marine ConservationMarine Conservation

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.

Marine LifeMarine Life

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.

Many amazing volunteers from around the world are pitching in to help increase our number of available marine species and your donations and memberships are really helping to make that happen!

The OceanThe Ocean

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.

Find out more about the history of the ocean, its chemistry, its currents and tides and its various habitats or zones such as the continental shelves, the open ocean and the deep sea.

Charles DarwinEducation & Careers

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.

CousteauExplore & Discover

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.

Captain NemoDeep Resources

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.

Planet OceanThe 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.

Please learn more about the ocean, its life, the problems it faces, and what you can do today to help protect and restore it, for all of us.

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