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Photo: Mairi Beautyman This is Max, at about 12 hours old, windmilling his flippers in the air. He (or perhaps she) is one of 100 baby green sea turtles I helped release into the sea. While the adult Chelonia mydas has only a few known predators -- sharks, leopards (in Africa), and man -- a baby sea turtle's early life is one of grave danger. The statistics are abominable: An average of one or two hatchlings from 1,000 eggs will reach the 30-50 year...Read the full story on TreeHugger
You can see the light blue halos where seaweed has been grazed around the coral patches in the Red Sea. Image downloaded from Google Earth Pro 7 June 2011. Image date 19 Dec. 2010. Image copyright 2011 GeoEye. The image you see above was taken with the GeoEye satellite and reveals marine animal behavior that would otherwise be difficult for scientists to witness. But in a paper published by Scientific Reports, researchers were able to witness how marine animals and their predators interact by studying the feeding patterns of herbivores. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Photo by Eulinky via Flickr CC Back in 2009, scientists posed that we should start freezing corals in liquid nitrogen when it became clear that corals are going through extreme difficulties with pollution, the chance in the ocean's pH balance, and warming temperatures. The hope is that these corals can later be used to replenish species. Now, the Smithsonian and other partners are beginning to act on this proposal. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger