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Tracking skyscraper-high waves across the globe

Tracking skyscraper-high waves across the globe

The sea is full of “internal waves,” subsea cousins of surface waves you’ve seen on beaches. Learn more about the research on understanding these waves and their impact on the ocean wow me!
 

Coral Reefs, Underwater Springs and OA

Coral Reefs, Underwater Springs and OA

Ocean acidification reduces the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater. wow me!
 

New antibiotic found in ocean sediment

New antibiotic found in ocean sediment

A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California. wow me!
 

Sea Urchin's and Ocean Acidification

Sea Urchin's and Ocean Acidification

Stanford scientists have discovered that some purple sea urchins living along the coast of California and Oregon have the surprising ability to rapidly evolve in acidic ocean water -- a capacity that may come in handy as climate change increases ocean acidity. wow me!
 

Sockeye salmon sense magnetic field of home

Sockeye salmon sense magnetic field of home

Research suggests salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate across the ocean as they return to their home rivers to breed. wow me!
 

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new

When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard... wow me!
 

Invisible Plastic Particles in Seawater Damaging

Invisible Plastic Particles in Seawater Damaging

Plastic nanoparticles in seawater can have an adverse effect on sea organisms. Particles measuring about a thirty millionth of a millimetre, and therefore invisible to the naked eye, are responsible. wow me!
 

West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier est

West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier est

A new analysis of temperature records indicates that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought. wow me!
 

Beneath Arctic Ice, Life Blooms Spectacularly

Beneath Arctic Ice, Life Blooms Spectacularly

Scientists have discovered a massive bloom of phytoplankton beneath ice-covered Arctic waters. Until now, sea ice was thought to block sunlight and limit the growth of microscopic marine plants living under the ice. wow me!
 

Robotic fish to monitor pollution in UK harbours

Robotic fish to monitor pollution in UK harbours

The cost of water pollution in the UK runs into millions of pounds each year, and it can cause untold damage to the environment. But now scientists have come up with an unusual solution to monitor the problem and it comes in the shape of a robotic fish. wow me!
 

Where's The Octopus

Where's The Octopus

Roger Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods--squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. wow me!
 

Into The Abyss

Into The Abyss

A new generation of explorers are seeking to plunge through nearly seven miles of seawater to the bottom of a rocky chasm in the western Pacific that is veiled in perpetual darkness. It is the ocean’s deepest spot. wow me!
 

Marine census marks decade of discovery

Marine census marks decade of discovery

The international project involved more than 2,700 researchers from 80 nations, who spent a total of 9,000 days at sea during at least 540 expeditions. It has been described as the most comprehensive study of its kind. wow me!
 

Octopuses carry coconut shells as instant shelter

Octopuses carry coconut shells as instant shelter

Can invertebrates use tools? Scientists spy octopuses "tiptoeing" across the ocean floor carrying coconut shells for protection or disguise. wow me!
 

Explore the ocean with google earth

Explore the ocean with google earth

With ocean in Google Earth, you can dive beneath the surface and visit the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench, explore the ocean with top marine experts including National Geographic and BBC , learn about ocean observations, climate change, and endangered species discover new places including surf, dive, and travel hot spots and shipwrecks wow me!
 

Snapshots trace shrinking 'trophy fish' over time

Snapshots trace shrinking 'trophy fish' over time

"Historical photographs expose decline in Florida's reef fish, new Scripps study finds" wow me!
 

Fish with a transparent head

Fish with a transparent head

An article and video of a Pacific barreleye fish from National Geographic and MBARI wow me!
 

Underwater Volcano Erupts Off Tonga

Underwater Volcano Erupts Off Tonga

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T-REX OF THE OCEAN

T-REX OF THE OCEAN

An international team of paleontologists have unearthed the partial skull of a 50 ft marine reptile on the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard . Dubbed 'Predator X', the marine reptile is a new species of pliosaur, an apex predator... wow me!
 

'Hot Spot' For Toxic Harmful Algae

'Hot Spot' For Toxic Harmful Algae

A part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates Washington state from Canada's British Columbia, is a potential "hot spot" for toxic harmful algal blooms affecting the Washington and British Columbia coasts. wow me!
 

"Poisoned Waters"

"In FRONTLINE’s Poisoned Waters, airing Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem....Smith also investigates the state of Puget Sound’s environment" wow me!
 

Diversity and Size

Diversity and Size

Animal Families With The Most Diversity Also Have Widest Range Of Size wow me!
 

UW Oceanographers in the Bering Sea!

UW Oceanographers in the Bering Sea!

UW Oceanography researchers and students are in the Bering Sea studying how sea-ice changes affect this rich ecosystem. wow me!
 

Seattle Aquarium unveils coral grown in-house

Seattle Aquarium unveils coral grown in-house

"The Seattle Aquarium recently unveiled its first large exhibit devoted to corals grown in its laboratory. The 2,500-gallon tank, located halfway through a meandering corridor showcasing tropical fish, invertebrates and plants, now is filled with nearly 20 different coral species mostly grown in-house." wow me!
 

Robot sub aims for deepest ocean

Robot sub aims for deepest ocean

A robotic submarine is undergoing final preparations to dive to the deepest-known part of the oceans. If successful, Nereus will be the first autonomous vehicle to visit the 11,000m (36,089ft) Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean. wow me!
 

Puget Sound Abalone

Puget Sound Abalone

2 minute video about UW and WDFW scientists studying Puget Sound Abalone wow me!
 

Volunteer Fish Counters in Puget Sound

Volunteer Fish Counters in Puget Sound

"As the nation prepares for the 2010 Census, there's another inventory going on right now in Western Washington. The only difference is this census is taking place underwater. Recreational divers have volunteered as fish counters to help survey the fish populations in Puget Sound" wow me!
 

Endangered blue whales resurfacing in Alaska

Endangered blue whales resurfacing in Alaska

"Blue whales are returning to Alaska and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say." wow me!
 

High Carbon Dioxide Levels Cause Large Fish Ears

High Carbon Dioxide Levels Cause Large Fish Ears

"A brief paper published in the June 26 issue of the journal Science describes experiments in which fish that were exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide experienced abnormally large growth in their otoliths, or ear bones. Otoliths serve a vital function in fish by helping them sense orientation and acceleration." wow me!
 

Beach naturalists show off Puget Sound beaches

Beach naturalists show off Puget Sound beaches

"The Seattle Aquarium's summer beach-naturalist program, now in its 11th year, helps showcase for visitors Puget Sound's natural wonders at low tide." wow me!
 

Students Race Human Powered Subs

Students Race Human Powered Subs

"Student submariners gather at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland to compete in a race that tests their engineering skillsand ability to pedal under water" wow me!
 

Science Comes To Life for Middle School Students

Science Comes To Life for Middle School Students

How fish survive, where oil spills are, and what exactly is going on in our oceans were just some of the things some local middle schoolers got the chance to learn this week at NOAA science camp. wow me!
 

The Important Little Life of Dylan Diatom

The Important Little Life of Dylan Diatom

University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab reaches out to kids with freewheelin' 'Dylan Diatom' in the arctic animation wow me!
 

Around the Americas expedition

Around the Americas expedition

The Around the Americas Mission: "Our mission is to build awareness throughout the Americas of increasing threats to our fragile ocean environment and to mobilize North and South Americans to take action to improve the health of our oceans." wow me!
 

Tribe reintroduces sockeye to Lake Cle Elum

Tribe reintroduces sockeye to Lake Cle Elum

For the first time in more than 100 years, Lake Cle Elum's sandy shorelines and streams will erupt in crimson patches late this summer as sockeye salmon turn from silver to red in preparation for spawning. wow me!
 



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Tracking skyscraper-high waves across the globe

Tracking skyscraper-high waves across the globe
The sea is full of “internal waves,” subsea cousins of surface waves you’ve seen on beaches. Learn more about the research on understanding these waves and their impact on the ocean

wow me!
Coral Reefs, Underwater Springs and OA

Coral Reefs, Underwater Springs and OA
Ocean acidification reduces the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater.

wow me!
New antibiotic found in ocean sediment

New antibiotic found in ocean sediment
A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California.

wow me!
Sea Urchin's and Ocean Acidification

Sea Urchin's and Ocean Acidification
Stanford scientists have discovered that some purple sea urchins living along the coast of California and Oregon have the surprising ability to rapidly evolve in acidic ocean water -- a capacity that may come in handy as climate change increases ocean acidity.

wow me!
Sockeye salmon sense magnetic field of home

Sockeye salmon sense magnetic field of home
Research suggests salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate across the ocean as they return to their home rivers to breed.

wow me!
Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new
When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard...

wow me!
Invisible Plastic Particles in Seawater Damaging

Invisible Plastic Particles in Seawater Damaging
Plastic nanoparticles in seawater can have an adverse effect on sea organisms. Particles measuring about a thirty millionth of a millimetre, and therefore invisible to the naked eye, are responsible.

wow me!
West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier est

West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier est
A new analysis of temperature records indicates that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought.

wow me!
Beneath Arctic Ice, Life Blooms Spectacularly

Beneath Arctic Ice, Life Blooms Spectacularly
Scientists have discovered a massive bloom of phytoplankton beneath ice-covered Arctic waters. Until now, sea ice was thought to block sunlight and limit the growth of microscopic marine plants living under the ice.

wow me!
Robotic fish to monitor pollution in UK harbours

Robotic fish to monitor pollution in UK harbours
The cost of water pollution in the UK runs into millions of pounds each year, and it can cause untold damage to the environment. But now scientists have come up with an unusual solution to monitor the problem and it comes in the shape of a robotic fish.

wow me!
Where's The Octopus

Where's The Octopus
Roger Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods--squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion.

wow me!
Into The Abyss

Into The Abyss
A new generation of explorers are seeking to plunge through nearly seven miles of seawater to the bottom of a rocky chasm in the western Pacific that is veiled in perpetual darkness. It is the ocean’s deepest spot.

wow me!
Marine census marks decade of discovery

Marine census marks decade of discovery
The international project involved more than 2,700 researchers from 80 nations, who spent a total of 9,000 days at sea during at least 540 expeditions. It has been described as the most comprehensive study of its kind.

wow me!
Octopuses carry coconut shells as instant shelter

Octopuses carry coconut shells as instant shelter
Can invertebrates use tools? Scientists spy octopuses "tiptoeing" across the ocean floor carrying coconut shells for protection or disguise.

wow me!
Science Comes To Life for Middle School Students

Science Comes To Life for Middle School Students
How fish survive, where oil spills are, and what exactly is going on in our oceans were just some of the things some local middle schoolers got the chance to learn this week at NOAA science camp.

wow me!
The Important Little Life of Dylan Diatom

The Important Little Life of Dylan Diatom
University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab reaches out to kids with freewheelin' 'Dylan Diatom' in the arctic animation

wow me!
Around the Americas expedition

Around the Americas expedition
The Around the Americas Mission: "Our mission is to build awareness throughout the Americas of increasing threats to our fragile ocean environment and to mobilize North and South Americans to take action to improve the health of our oceans."

wow me!
Tribe reintroduces sockeye to Lake Cle Elum

Tribe reintroduces sockeye to Lake Cle Elum
For the first time in more than 100 years, Lake Cle Elum's sandy shorelines and streams will erupt in crimson patches late this summer as sockeye salmon turn from silver to red in preparation for spawning.

wow me!

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