This photograph is believed to be the first picture showing the live birth of a thresher shark. The BBC reported the picture was taken by Attila Kaszo during a research dive in 2013 in the Philippines and now has been published in  Coral Reef, the official journal of International Society for Coral Reef Studies.

First Thresher Shark Birth Photograph

First Thresher Shark Birth Photograph

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What are the Longest Animals in the Ocean?

Not a question you hear everyday. We know the fastest ocean animals, soon we will also know the largest, but for now we will learn the 10 of the longest creatures in the ocean (courtesy of PeerJ). This isn’t a list of the absolute longest sea creatures (#1 is the absolute longest though), because it would then be populated with mostly different species of jellyfish and whales, but rather a list of 8 different animals that are quite long. [click to continue…]

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Continent Facts & FAQ

What is a continent?
A large contiguous mass of land. Its exact definition can seemingly apply to an island as well ans is somewhat arbitrary. If its not considered an island like Greenland is then it is considered a continent.

How many continents are there?
4-7 depending on your cultural viewpoint. 7 is the most widely accepted number.

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What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?
There are 5 major ocean gyres, of which the North Pacific Gyre is the  largest. Ocean garbage accumulates in these gyres. The largest and most studied is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which resides in the North Pacific Gyre.

Where is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located?
In the North Pacific Gyre about a 1,000 miles north of Hawaii.

How big is the great pacific garbage patch?
About twice as big as the USA.

Is it dense enough to walk on?
Hardly. Barely noticeable as the trash particles are very small. [click to continue…]

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Ocean Gyres – FAQ – What Are They?

What does gyre mean? The definition of gyre: a circular or spiral motion or form. It is where the word gyrate comes from.  What is an ocean gyre? An ocean gyre is a very large gyrating mass of water located in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The water spins around a central axis at a very slow speed […]

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How Many Fish are in the Ocean? Many More Than Was Thought

There are 10-30 times more fish in the ocean than was previously thought according to a new study published in the science journal Nature Communications. To help understand, we must know the layers of the sea. The ocean away from the shore and above the bottom is called the pelagic zone. The pelagic zone is divided up […]

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Do Sea Turtles Still Need Protection as an Endangered Species?

Loggerhead sea turtles are currently considered a federally endangered-species 1, much to the chagrin of commercial fishermen who must use extra safeguard measures that are expensive and time-consuming to avoid ensnaring them in their fishing nets.  A lawsuit filed by the North Carolina Fisheries Association is aiming to loosen these safeguards as they feel that loggerhead turtles are […]

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Where Do Baby Loggerhead Sea Turtles Go?

Baby loggerhead sea turtles hatch, run through a gauntlet of predators and those fortunate enough to make it to the Atlantic Ocean swim off and are rarely heard from again until they are in their 7th year of life at which time they become more visible and less mysterious. These first years of a sea turtle’s life […]

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Oceans Remove Smog at Night

New research suggests coastal cities benefit from their proximity to the ocean which absorbs up to 15% of their smog producing nitrogen oxides. The burning of fossil fuels produces nitrogen oxide which reacts with sunlight to form smog and ozone.

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New Hebrides Trench: Unexpected Sea Creatures at 23,000 Feet

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and New Zealand have recorded hours of footage from the bottom of the New Hebrides Trench. The New Hebrides Trench is located between New Caledonia and Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. It has a maximum depth of 4.5 miles (25,000 feet): The inhabitants they expected to find contrasted significantly with what they actually […]

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