Full Sequence! Take a ride on the back of an #endangered #leatherback #turtle...2 hour ride in 2 minutes as it munches 123 #jellyfish, takes 133 breaths and be...ats its flippers 1405 times. Amy Kukulya Kara Dwyer Dodge Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) #TurtleCam research conducted under NMFS Permit #15672
A new paper out today in Marine Ecology Progress Series finds that a high percentage of tagged #whales in the western Gulf of Maine tended to feed near the surface, indicating the need for greater speed restrictions on vessels in the region during the spring, as well as a lower (but still high) incidence of feeding close to the seafloor where ground lines to fishing gear are a threat, suggesting their use needs to be limited. Authors include Mark Baumgartner and Melissa Patrician from WHOI, as well as collaborators at NOAA Fisheries Service and UMass Boston.
“We have the possibility of losing an iconic species that lives in our backyard,” said Mark Baumgartner, an associate scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “These animals’ survival — it’s our responsibility.”
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What's the difference between shallow-water and deep-water corals? WHOI biologist Tim Shank is out with the Schmidt Ocean Institute exploring deep-water corals in the world's largest World Heritage Site, but before the ship sailed, he had an opportunity to snorkel among some of the most spectacular shallow-water sites on the planet. Here's what he had to say about the experience in a pre-cruise video.
What's it like to complete your first research cruise? It's surprisingly mundane--lots of data processing and things that don't go as planned. Unless you get to light off old signal flares. That can make up for a lot.