Ocean Observation

DSSV Pressure Drop at sea Credit NEKTON

Fleet Xpress Chosen for Nekton Project

Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress has been chosen to provide the connectivity backbone enabling images captured by the deep ocean research institute, Nekton from the floor of the Indian Ocean to be transmitted to audiences worldwide.The Nekton Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research institute

Deep-Sea Coral Gardens, Graveyards Discovered Off Australia

Bremer Canyon Marine Park is already known as a biodiversity hotspot for marine species such as whales and dolphins, however, a recent expedition focused on the deep sea has now revealed rich and diverse ecosystems inhabiting the cold waters deep within the canyon. Led by researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA),

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OSIL: Surge in Snow Catcher Demand

Global interest in Marine Snow Catchers for carbon and nutrient cycle studies has been steadily increasing in recent years, but Ocean Scientific International Ltd are reporting that the level of sales has seen a sharp increase over the past few months.The Marine Snow Catchers are large volume water

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Seiche Unveils Acoustic Monitoring Technology

Seiche has launched a digital hydrophone developed in partnership with UK-based multinational defense technology company QinetiQ. Due to be unveiled at Oi2020, Hydraq QQ1000, is a combination of acoustic and auxiliary sensors suitable for seabed, rising cable, or suspended cable deployment.Providing enhanced metrology,

Blue whale in the Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: Jessica Morten

Study: How Changes in Shipping Patterns Affect Whales

Understanding how changes in shipping traffic and distributions of fin, humpback, and blue whales in the Pacific Ocean affect the risk of whales being struck by ships is the focus of a new study published in the scientific journal, Frontiers. The findings also have implications for highly endangered

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Amazon's Pink Dolphins Threatened by End of Fishing Ban

The Amazon river dolphin is an intelligent and friendly mammal that appears to grin and flush like a human blushing when it gets excited.But some are concerned about the world's largest freshwater dolphin coming under threat again in Brazil, where fishermen hunt and kill it illegally to make bait for a catfish called piracatinga.

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The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga

Scientists publish latest findings from the largest coral reef expedition in historyThe Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has published their findings from extensive coral reef surveys conducted in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga Final Report contains critical

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Drifter Buoys Aid Seaweed Research

Biologists are using drifter buoys fitted with satellite trackers to understand the dramatic increase of Sargassum seaweed across the North Atlantic.The relatively harmless Sargassum has started washing up in areas including the Caribbean and the southeast U.S. in such huge quantities that it is killing coral,

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Conservation for Endangered Reef Fish Yields Results

Nassau Grouper populations increased threefold in response to dynamic fishing management actions in the Cayman IslandsA new study from researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has documented a successful recovery effort among Nassau Grouper populations

A reefscape in the highly-protected Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen)

How Microbes Reflect the Health of Coral Reefs

A comparison of protected and impacted reefs in Cuba and Florida KeysMicroorganisms play important roles in the health and protection of coral reefs, yet exploring these connections can be difficult due to the lack of unspoiled reef systems throughout the global ocean. A collaborative study led by scientists

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DOE Prizes to to Inspire Ocean Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced developments in two new prizes: Waves to Water, which challenges innovators to desalinate water using the power of ocean waves, and the Powering the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize, a joint DOE-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prize,