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The Strange Animal With The Earliest Muscles

You’re a great big strong animal with muscles all over your body. Your ancestors weren’t always that way, however. They used to move using flagella, or sometimes, they just oozed. A new study published today by a group of scientists from Oxford and Cambridge in

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Mystery Beach Monstrosity

This was rolling in the surf yesterday. It’s about 14 inches long. I’m interpreting it as a decomposed squid head. Marine biology experts, help. Am I right? Is it correct to call the central part of the squid body the head, anyway? Where do we

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Jellyfish Blooms Due To Overfishing, Research Finds

The Institute of Research for Development has conducted a study that documents the impact of overfishing in the growth of jellyfish swarms. As predator fish that typically keep the number of jellyfish in check have been stripped out of the oceans by humans hungry for sushi, the world’s jelly populations have been free to reproduce in ever larger numbers.

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Caribbean Corals Suffer Huge Die Off

It was forecast two weeks ago. Now, it’s happening. Huge areas of coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea are dying, bleached white, because of abnormally high water temperatures. The reefs form the keystone of the Caribbean marine ecosystem.

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Emaciated Dolphins Suggest Ecological Disaster In Timor Sea Oil Spill

In spite of its responsibility for the Timor Sea oil spill, and its inability to stop the spill from continuing in spite of three attempts with its most advanced technology, PTTEP Australasia was just awarded the right to drill in several new locations in Australian waters. The company now has Australian government permission to conduct just the same sort of operations that led to the Timor Sea spill in the first place.

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Obama Attacks Ribbon Seals

Biologist Shaye Wolf, says of Obama’s assistance to oil companies in the arctic, “There may be a new captain at the helm, but the federal government is still steering wildlife management in the Arctic on a course for extinction.”

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Red Snapper Medics Studying The Crash

The condition of the red snapper in both the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico is like the condition of people who have been in a serious car crash. More study on red snapper populations would be great. Delaying action to rescue the red snapper from extinction until additional research is completed would be insane.

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Marine Mammals Entangled In Congressional Nets

North Atlantic right whales are becoming entangled in lobstermen’s ropes, and Congressman Don Young has introduced legislation that would end efforts to try to eliminate the killing of marine mammals by the commercial seafood industry.

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