Shameless plug of the new Zoox video.
If you are interested in a career in marine conservation, Zoox is a volunteer programme that gives you hands on experience in a real conservation project, as well as training and professional development to help you dive into your career!
This is what I do guys! Want to join?
Those of you who know me will probably have had the bad fortune of having to listen to me try to explain what it is I do. My boss Chloe knocks any attempt of mine out the water, eloquently explaining the link between Green Fins and Zoox.
For those of you who don’t know me - here is an article on how a couple have not only forged their dream career in marine conservation, but identified pitfalls in the conservation volunteer experience and started Zoox to combat it.
At the end of the day, when you are looking to volunteer for a project, ask yourself "is the project there for the volunteers, or are the volunteers there for the project?" The latter is more sustainable and will generally result in a better quality experience for all involved.
We thought this was worth sharing to you guys. See that photo above? Those are mangroves. There’s a photo exhibit raising awareness on the state of mangroves in the Philippines.
Check out the details here.
Beautiful. People of Cebu - go check it out.
Are any of you looking for work experience and skill development for marine conservation?
If you’ve done a science degree but haven’t got much work experience, or if you’ve done lots of work experience, but didn’t do a marine science degree, but still want to get into conservation - Zoox might be perfect for you.
Doing the Zoox Experience Programme will give you intensive and unique training on the basics of marine conservation, then you embark on a six-week work experience helping to coordinate a real conservation project on the ground, and carrying out personal conservation projects aimed to develop the skills that you need to fill in on your CV!
This was my dream internship. Now it’s my dream job. Check it out!
Whales Benefit From Action on Ocean Noise
- by Pallab Ghosh
Scientists are working to reduce the noise levels experienced by whales from North Atlantic shipping.
The blare is making it difficult for the animals to communicate with each other, which in turn is affecting their ability to find food and mates.
The researchers have persuaded shipping companies to change their routes in and around the Boston area.
Sea captains use an iPad App that helps them to understand the locations of the whales and when to slow down.
The change in operations has helped to lower the din. Scientists hope it will also limit the number accidental collisions.
The waters off New England are a home to many species of whale. Many are now suffering because of increased noise levels.
Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) suggests that it has doubled each decade over the past 30 years.
Dr Mark Baumgartner of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution played me the sound of a passing container ship as a whale might hear it.
It was a thunderous, unchanging drone.
"How would you like to have that in your bedroom, your kitchen, your work all the time?" he asked plaintively. "That’s what the acoustic environment for whales is like all the time."
The effect is to reduce the range whales can communicate.
Social communication is necessary so that they can get together for important activities, such as mating, and it is unclear just what the ramifications of cutting off that communication will mean for them.
But the ships are not just disrupting communication; they also collide with whales from time to time.
Dr Dave Wiley who works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has seen the consequences at first hand.
"Our scientists found shattered bone and large hematomas which are indicative of a ship strike," he told BBC News.
Each year, there are one or two North Atlantic Right Whales stuck by ships in the area. Although that does not sound like a lot, it was enough to concern environmental groups because it is thought that there are just 500 of these animals left in the wild and mothers with calves get hit more frequently.
If Mermaids were real…
via Casa de Oxumarê
A recent study(freePDF) from Stanford University published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) considers how some reef building corals resist the stress of warmer waters that has caused coral bleaching around the world.
Using comparative genomics, researchers found that the heat tolerant corals have prepared for heat by switching on a set of 60 particular genes. Other coral species have also been found to switch on these genes but only after stress has already occurred. Resilient Samoan corals, however, have these genes switched on all of the time.
The results of the study show that some corals have the ability to withstand future increases in ocean temperature and highlight efforts to protect these resilient places.
Don’t eat the puffer
Jack Haynes on Flickr
Sea Urchin Abstract
Sea Urchins have the prettiest bums in the ocean.