Calls for more “humane” shark confinement techniques after entanglement of humpback whale in shark nets off the coast of Queensland

Calls for more “humane” shark confinement techniques after entanglement of humpback whale in shark nets off the coast of Queensland

New appeals for more “humane” shark confinement techniques have been made in response to the capture of another whale in shark netting off the coast of Queensland. Following reports to the 24-hour Shark hotline at 6.30am on Friday, the whale was freed at 9am by personnel from Sea World and the Queensland Boating and Fisheries […]

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Deep-sea mining could cause noise pollution radiating 500 kilometers across the ocean and harmful to marine mammals

Deep-sea mining could cause noise pollution radiating 500 kilometers across the ocean and harmful to marine mammals

According to scientists, projected deep-sea mining might cause noise pollution that would radiate through the ocean for hundreds of kilometers, generating a “cylinder of sound” that would go from the surface to the sea bed. One mine’s noise alone could travel 500km (more than 300 miles) in calm weather, according to research by scientists from […]

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Seeing humpback whales breach off Australia’s east coast is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Seeing humpback whales breach off Australia’s east coast is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Humpback whales may grow up to 55 feet long, with pectoral flippers covering roughly a third of their bodies, according to Whale and Dolphin Conservation. They are known for their outstanding acrobatic talents and lyrical whale songs. These massive yet agile whales smack the water with their flippers and tails, creating stunning splashes that captivate […]

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Where is the threshold of environmental change that biodiversity can withstand before it is destabilized and collapses planetwide?

Where is the threshold of environmental change that biodiversity can withstand before it is destabilized and collapses planetwide?

Biodiversity. When you hear this word, what do you picture? Iconic animals like African elephants, gray wolves and humpback whales? Or multicolored coral species that make up a reef system? Or bacteria and microbes that regulate nutrients in the soil, or oxygen-releasing phytoplankton that live in the ocean’s sunlit zones? While biodiversity does embrace all […]

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