Scientists feared they were on a grim mission. Biologists searching Mexico’s Sea of Cortez for the world’s most endangered marine mammal—a tiny porpoise called the vaquita—worried they might already be too late.
Cheryl Wells, a long-time National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) coach, just retired from 41 years of teaching high school science and chemistry at Dexter High School in Dexter, Michigan and 19 years as a coach for the National Ocean Science competition.
The Cuban and American governments have agreed to work hand in hand to protect marine life in the seas that join their countries, a move that represents the first environmental dividend of a thaw between the two Cold War foes.
Brilliantly colored gardens of red tree coral (Primnoa), fan coral (Paramuricea), and multiple species of sponge grow on underwater ridges and along the walls of box canyons deep in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine.
A new study carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland has found that the Porites cylindrica variety of coral have an in-built mechanism that protects them in environments where there is a high fluctuation in ocean pH.
An international team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, has estimated the amount of hydrocarbons — the primary ingredient in crude oil — that are produced by a massive population of photosynthetic marine microbes, called cyanobacteria. These organisms in turn support another population of bacteria that ‘feed’ on these compounds.