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Around 2005, southern right whale calves off the coast of Argentina began dieing off at an unprecented rate (from 6 per year in 2005 to around 65 per year from 2005 to 2014). Scientists have never determined the cause until a recent Marine Mammal Science paper named a likely culprit: toxic algae blooms. Read about the new findings on EurekAlert!.

Video: Electric eels may be some of the most sophisticated marine predators in the animal kingdom, according to a recent Current Biology paper by Vanderbilt University researchers. Check out video of them in action here and read about their specialized hunting techniques on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Tropical Depression 19E slowly organizing in Eastern Pacific
Tropical Depression 19E appeared just a little more organized on infrared satellite imagery on October 15 as it continued moving through the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
International experiment tracks underwater avalanches in Monterey Canyon
Underwater avalanches and turbidity currents carry huge amounts of sediment, organic material, and pollutants down submarine canyons and into the deep sea. Yet geologists know very little about how sediment moves during these events. This month, in what may be the most ambitious submarine-canyon study ever attempted, marine geologists from several countries are placing dozens of sophisticated instruments in Monterey Canyon.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Natural Environment Research Council

Contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Satellite sees wind shear battering Tropical Depression Nora
An infrared satellite image of Tropical Depression Nora taken early on Oct. 15 showed the storm was still holding together south of Hawaii, despite strong wind shear.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Scientific Reports
The environment of the Cantabrian Region in the course of 35,000 years is reconstructed
By combining three important palaeoclimatic records (small vertebrates, marine microfauna and stable isotopes of herbivores), a multidisciplinary team of the UPV/EHU has reconstructed past environments with the best resolution ever achieved. The study, led by Juan Rofes, currently a researcher at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, CNRS, Paris, has been published in the prestigious British Scientific Reports, which is one of the Nature group journals.

Contact: Matxalen Sotillo
University of the Basque Country

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Scientists identify climate 'tipping points'
An international team of scientists have identified potential 'tipping points' where abrupt regional climate shifts could occur due to global warming.

Contact: Glenn Harris
University of Southampton

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Tiny plant shows us how living things cope with big changes
A small freshwater plant that has evolved to live in harsh seawater is giving scientists insight into how living things adapt to changes in their environment.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Contact: Catriona Kelly
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Endangered Species Research
Sex and sea turtles: New FAU study reveals impact of climate change, sea level rise
Because sea turtles don't have an X or Y chromosome, their sex is defined during development by the incubation environment. Warmer conditions produce females and cooler conditions produce males. The shift in climate is shifting turtles as well, because as the temperature of their nests change so do their reproduction patterns.
National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation, Save our Seas Foundation, Nelligan Sea Turtle Support Fund

Contact: Gisele Galoustian
Florida Atlantic University

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Ocean protection gaining momentum, but still lags progress made on land
Extraordinary progress in the past decade has brought 1.6 percent of the world's ocean to a category of 'strongly protected,' researchers say in a new analysis in the journal Science, but the accomplishments are still far behind those that have been achieved on land, and those that are urgently needed. International policy agreements call for protection of 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020, while some conservation organizations and most scientists say 20-50 percent of ocean protection is needed.

Contact: Jane Lubchenco
Oregon State University

Public Release: 14-Oct-2015
Study shows new potential indirect effects of humans on water quality
A study published today shows that a newly studied class of water contaminants that is known to be toxic and hormone disrupting to marine animals is present likely due in part to indirect effects of human activity.

Contact: Rhonda Zurn
University of Minnesota

Public Release: 14-Oct-2015
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite sees strong wind shear affecting depression
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Depression Nora on Oct. 14 and saw strong wind shear pushing the bulk of clouds and showers northeast of the center.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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