OS News

Whale Deaths Underestimated - BP Oil Spill

May 24, 2011
Location: 
Gulf of Mexico

Only 14 carcasses of whales have been recovered from the BP spill area - but scientists believe the true number could be 50 times higher.   Here is the research paper.

Close to a Billion Species

Ocean exploration reveals shocking diversity of tiny marine life
April 20, 2010

Biologists worldwide may have to start re-evaluating their estimates of the number of species on Earth, since expeditions documenting the oceans' tiniest species have revealed shocking diversity: in the tens of millions of species, at least, and according to one researcher "closer to a billion".

http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0419-hance_microbes.html

Source: 
mongabay.com
Author: 
Jeremy Hance

The Mission Blue Voyage

Fulfilling Sylvia Earle's TED Wish
March 30, 2010

On April 6-10, TED will host a one-of-a-kind conference on the National Geographic Endeavor,sailing across the Galapagos Islands to raise awareness about the urgency of ocean conservation issues.

Source: 
Huffington Post
Author: 
Novogratz

World Ocean News

"The Cove" wins an Oscar
March 9, 2010

‘‘The Cove,’’ a U.S. film about a controversial annual dolphin hunt at a Japanese town, won the best documentary feature at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles.

http://www.thecovemovie.com/

Endangered Short-tailed Albatross Killed by Fishing Boat Off the Coast of Oregon

September 9, 2011
Location: 
Oregon

An endangered Short-tailed Albatross was killed by a longline fishing boat off the coast of Oregon in April 2011, according to a report recently released by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. This is the first bycatch of a Short-tailed Albatross to be observed in the Pacific Northwest.

Deepwater Horizon Response

Consolidated Fish and Wildlife Collection Report
June 6, 2010
Location: 
Gulf of Mexico

These are the consolidated numbers of collected fish and wildlife that have been reported to the Unified Area Command from the U.S.

Source: 
Horizon Unified Command

Mike deGruy: Hooked by an Octopus

Mission Blue TED Talk
April 15, 2010
Location: 
Mission Blue

Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement -- and his fears -- about the blue heart of our planet.

 

Source: 
ted.com
Author: 
Mike deGruy

Earth Has A Heart - - It's Blue

Our Oceans
March 31, 2010

Dr. Sylvia Earle comments in the Huffington Post about Mission Blue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sylvia-earle/earth-has-a-heart----its_b_518432.html?ref=twitter#sb=963170,b=twitter

Source: 
Huffington Post
Author: 
Dr. Sylvia Earle

Gray Whales sighted in Med - first since 1700's

Anomolous event or climate-driven distribution change?
May 22, 2011
Location: 
Mediterranean Sea

On May 8, 2010, a Gray Whale was sighted off the Israeli coast, and 22 days later, near Spain.  This is the first sighting of Gray Whales since the 1700's.

Glover's Reef Offers Model for Conservation

"Glover’s Reef is a model of hope"
April 26, 2010
Location: 
Glovers Reef, Belize

Glover’s Reef, about 28 miles from the coast of Belize, is one of the only true atolls in the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the site of Belize’s largest “no-take” marine reserve, a 17,500-acre zone where all types of fishing are prohibited.

 

Source: 
NY Times
Author: 
Erik Olsen