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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Ocean’

Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ the Size of Connecticut

Oceanic researchers revealed that a man-made “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico has bloomed to roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), dead zones are hypoxic areas in large bodies of water, caused by “excessive nutrient pollution from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required …

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1888 Shipwreck Found in San Francisco Bay

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released images Wednesday of the wreckage of a ship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, which killed 16 people. The iron and wood steamship called City of Chester went down on August 22, after being hit by a larger ship named the Oceanic, in conditions of dense fog and low visibility. …

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Iceberg Twice the Size of Atlanta Enters Ocean

An iceberg with an area almost twice the size of Atlanta has broken away from the Antarctic continent and is drifting into the ocean, which could threaten shipping lanes in the Southern Ocean during the Antarctic winter. The floating, frozen island has been named iceberg B31. Scientists have reported from NASA’s Earth Observatory that B31 spans 255 square miles and …

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Seafaring Smugglers May Pose Threats for Coast Guard

As awareness increases along the border of the U.S., smugglers have resorted to seafaring methods in order to transport drugs. The U.S. Coast Guard, which patrols 95,000 miles of coastline, has continually upheld the responsibility of keeping a watchful eye over the waters. However, recent budget cuts have made this responsibility challenging. In 2013, the Coast Guard reduced operating costs …

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Marshall Islands Castaway Survives 13 Months Out at Sea

The story of an El Salvadoran man who allegedly was lost at sea for more than a year almost mirrors one of Hollywood’s most adventurous and heart-felt films, “Castaway,” which was released in 2000 starring Tom Hanks. The realistic castaway, 37-year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga, was discovered Monday washed ashore on a tiny island of the Marshall Islands. The islands are located in …

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Shark Photobomb, Just When You Thought it Was Safe!

Some types of sharks such as great whites have a reputation for being fierce predators, the type that can easily capture prey. So, when a shark is noticed as part of the backdrop within a family picture after-the-fact, surprise is one expected emotion. On Friday, June Emerson snapped photos of her family enjoying time at Manhattan Beach. Emerson’s 12-year-old son …

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Turks and Caicos Capsizing Leaves 18 Dead

On Christmas Day, a 28-foot boat transporting Haitian migrants capsized roughly 100 meters from Providenciales, an island located within the Turks and Caicos Islands. The ship was in the process of being escorted to shore by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force around 3 a.m. EST. Tragically, eighteen of the passengers have been killed. However, 32 passengers were …

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Everglades Whales Stranded and Beached

The Everglades has been described to this writer as “the Australia of America,” in that most of the things inhabiting it, including many of the plants, would like nothing more than to kill you. A rugged, muggy wilderness, mentions of the Everglades do not tend to also bring to mind whales, often thought of as docile giants of the sea. …

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Maui Shark Attack Kills Fisherman

A shark attack in Maui resulted in the death of a kayak fisherman whose foot was severed in the attack. The fisherman, who has been identified by the Maui County Police Department as Patrick Briney Stevenson, was reported to have been fishing with a partner at the time of his attack. Briney’s fishing partner allegedly spotted a nearby boat from …

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Man Punched On Head By Humpback Whale [Video]

Dory, the famous blue palette surgeonfish, tried to speak the language of a humpback whale in the classic Disney movie, Finding Nemo, and everyone thought it was quite comical and cute at the time. Remember? However, one man appeared to try a similar task when faced with the underwater confrontation between the peaceful, yet massive ocean dweller. Chris Coates was …

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Lionfish Invasion: Atlantic Ocean Not The Same

Venomous. Fast. Deadly. Will swallow food whole every time. Subject to only one known predator, which includes humans. What could this describe? The lionfish (native of the Pacific and Indian oceans) is the creature that is now taking over the Atlantic Ocean. Roughly sized at fifteen inches, these marine creatures are not intimidating for their size, but rather the poisonous …

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Researchers Developing Deep-Sea Wifi

Researchers at the University of Buffalo are developing an underwater wifi network for use at sea. Alas, hold your horses – This doesn’t mean there will be any Snapchatting, Instagramming, Facebookery, Tweeting, Vining, Myspacing, Google Plussing, Tumbing, Flickring, Foursquaring, Goodreading, Pinning or Yelping underwater any time soon. The program is intended for more practical uses, like monitoring ocean life and …

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