SCIENTISTS SOLVE MYSTERY OF WEST COAST STARFISH PLAGUE

Scientists solved the plague that was killing starfish all over the Pacific ocean! And they found a cure! So thanks to them, millions of starfish will live. “They said it’s a virus that’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms. They’ve dubbed it ‘sea star associated densovirus.'” To find the culprit, they took samples of healthy and sick starfish and looked at them under a microscope then looked at the differences and found the one.

 

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When researchers tried to figure out where the virus may have come from, they learned that West Coast starfish have been living with the virus for decades. They detected the densovirus in preserved starfish specimens from as far back as the 1940s.” 

So the problem is solved. Here is the link to the website and related links.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/scientists-solve-mystery-of-west-coast-starfish-deaths/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/alaska-safe-sea-stars/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/mysterious-epidemic-devastates-starfish-population-pacific-coast/

Gray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash

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Whales are dying everyday because they eat to much trash. “In March of last year, a 10 meter long sperm whale washed up on Spain’s South Coast. This whale had swallowed 59 different plastic items totaling over 37 pounds. Most of this plastic consisted of transparent sheeting used to build greenhouses in Almeria and Grenada for the purpose of tomatoes for the European market. The rest was plastic bags, nine meters of rope, two stretches of hosepipe, two small flower pots, and a plastic spray canister. Cause of death was intestinal blockage.” “Whales are not the only victims to our trash. It is estimated that over one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic debris.” “For some whales, theplastic does not kill the animal directly, but cause malnutrition and disease, which leads to unnecessary suffering until death.” It is so sad. For more go to http://earthweareone.com/gray-whale-dies-bringing-us-message-stomach-full-plastic-trash-html/ 

SO MUCH HELP!!!

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There is so much need for help it is almost imposible to write about it all! Most of the world is covered in water but it is unprotected. But people are making the Pristine Seas project. It is founded by Dr. Enric Sala. The Pristine Seas project protects the ocean’s last wild places.

Also President Obama is trying to create the world’s largest ocean preserve (shown above)! It will save a lot of endangered species. Here is a link from the NRDC to sign a petition to  help it.

Here is another amazing link from National Geographic to all that and more!

 

 

 

 

More coral babies staying at home on future reefs

                                                       
                                       Goniastrea aspera is shown releasing egg sperm bundles.
                                                              Credit: Andrew H. Baird
More coral babies are staying at home on future reefs. This could be bad because that way no reefs can spread around the world so we will have an isolated piece of coral reef  and it will be the only coral for miles. That is very bad for the animals that live there because they have to stay right there so they can reproduce and eat and live. It will get overpopulated.

“Increasing ocean temperatures due to climate change will soon see reefs retaining and nurturing more of their own coral larvae, leaving large reef systems less interconnected and potentially more vulnerable. “We found that at higher temperatures more coral larvae will tend to stay on their birth reef,” says the lead author of the study.”
 For more go here.

Beaked whale sets new mammalian dive record

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An adult female Cuvier’s beaked whale swims off the Big Island of Hawaii in 2008. Photograph: Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective

“When it comes to marine mammals, Cuvier’s beaked whale is the new champion of deep-sea diving. Up until this revelation, the southern elephant seal had been leading the marine mammal field for both depth and duration of dive. A study published in 2010 recorded an elephant seal diving to 2,388 metres. Another paper from way back in 1992 timed one seal staying submerged for 120 minutes.  I’m impressed by the whales, of course. At the higher taxonomic scale of marine mammals, the beaked whale is now top of the class.”

Here is the link to the story quoted above:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/27/beaked-whale-new-mammalian-dive-record?INTCMP=ILCNE

 

SAVE WHALES FROM DEADLY SONAR!

“The Navy is prepared to kill nearly 1,000 whales and other marine mammals during the next five years of testing and training with dangerous sonar and explosives. Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to direct the Navy to adopt commonsense safeguards that will protect marine mammals during routine training without compromising military readiness.”

“This mid-frequency sonar will bombard whales with noise so intense — up to 236 decibels — it can actually cause their internal organs to hemorrhage. It’s distressing that the Navy refuses to put commonsense precautions in place that could protect whales during routine training — especially because taking such steps would in no way compromise our military readiness. Whales should not have to suffer or die for military practice.” – -Pierce Brosnan, Actor, Activist, NRDC Member

This is very cruel and unnecessary. There are other ways to prepare for war and not kill whales. Please sign the petition to save the whales.

 

Please help!

Please help me save the sharks. My next target is to stop whaling. Here is a list of things I  want to save:

#1 sharks

#2 whales

#3 stop oil drilling

#4 stop forests being cut down

#5  stop water pollution

#6 starfish

#7 yellow-finned tuna

#8 blue-finned tuna

STOP SHARK FINNING NOW!!!

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Shark finning is where people bring a shark onboard the  boat (alive) and cut off its fins (alive) and throw it back in the water (alive) to starve, bleed to death, or drown.

How can a shark drown? Sharks need water circulating through their gills to breath. And if they can’t swim, then they can’t breath.

All of these brutal actions are for a bowl of soup. Shark fin soup. It sells for about $100 all over the world. Many people are trying to stop this unfair act by asking the restaurants with this dish to replace the meat with noodles. And if they don’t take it off the menus  they are protesting outside the restaurants. They are also asking the governments to make shark fin soup illegal. But the reason the fishermen don’t stop is because they are making money. But they don’t realize that what they are doing is like cutting the arms off an Olympic swimmer then asking him/her to swim.

You can help by: asking everyone you know to not eat shark fin soup and sign petitions against it.

Sharks are already endangered and are king of the ecosystem and people who kill sharks are crazy. Shark fin soup is only one of the world’s many problems.