Was just sent these great informative short videos about research being done to understand how climate change affects coastal communities. Coastal organisms live in areas with much day to day variation. There are the changing tides, the amount sun exposure, and also shade from tidal zone seaweeds and rock crevices. This makes coastal animals, like . . . → Read More: California Coastal Climate Change Research
California Anchovy Engraulis mordax. Photo CC by Flickr user briangratwicke. Its a bit of a circular title, but I think it is honest. Marine scientists are constantly shouting at walls of reporters and news consumers that everything is fucked (pardon my french, but its not untrue). And well, it sort of is. But how do . . . → Read More: Preemptive Conservation Communication Through the Lens of Negative Comments
Photo credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times About 5 days ago, a huge school of sardines found their way into King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA (near Los Angeles), used up all the oxygen, and died of suffocation. While the harbor tries to vacuum and scoop up the vast number of dead rotting fish . . . → Read More: Dead sardines in California had eaten toxic algae
Apparently there is a study underway that is setting out to empirically determine the ole adage that trawling is bad for the environment, as reported by New Scientist (link to pdf). This is a tale that has been handed down orally from generation to generation of conservationists. Sometimes when a story is repeated many times, . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Benefits of Bottom Trawling and Other Assorted Fairy Tales
[Update: Apparently many shark sightings were actually dolphins. You may consider being EVEN MORE AFRAID.] Two more white sharks were sighted on Sunday right here on La Jolla Shores in San Diego, combining with last week’s San Onofre sighting to give San Diego County a little “Summer of the Sharks” feeling. According to the 10 . . . → Read More: Should you worry about white sharks in SoCal?
It’s been an eventful week here in the Southern California Bight – the northwest-southeast slanting part of the coastline between Point Conception (north of Los Angeles) and Ensenada, Mexico. There’s a bright green algae bloom making the waves look like they’ve been highlighted with a fluorescent marker. The color is caused by an algae bloom . . . → Read More: SoCal sea a-swim with scum and sharks
Of course, the sad thing is that this scenario is likely to occur in deep water along the majority of coastlines. Hat tip to @scubadivergirls.
And you also need to heed the warnings when they tell you to get off the seawall! Thankfully no one was killed this weekend when 2 large waves crashed into spectators during Mavericks 2010 surfing competition. Congrats to South African Chris Bertish who took home the purse! Video is here is the embed above doesn’t . . . → Read More: “Ya Gotta Respect the Ocean, Its Just One of Those Things…”
Fig. 5 from Watters et al. (2010). “Examples of debris items observed from the Delta submersible during deep-water surveys on the seafloor off central and southern California: (a) monofilament fishing line in gorgonian corals off central California at 95 m (photo by M. Yoklavich); (b) gill net snagged on rock off southern California at 80 . . . → Read More: Taking Fish and Leaving Trash
TGIF IS DEAD LONG LIVE TGIF! Craig and I are making some changes around these parts. You’ll notice them soon enough. One change starts now. We are getting rid of one of our longest running and most successful (not very) commerical franchises. We are disbanding the traditional Friday Deep Sea Pic and TGIF. We will . . . → Read More: Friday Freak 10/16/09 – Gersemia juliepackardae