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May 28th
2010

The Wonders of Life

Scientists have found and described almost 2 million living species, but the total number of species likely exceeds 7 million with some estimates as high as 30 million. Although our eyes are drawn to large and charismatic animals, typically vertebrates like birds and mammals, earth’s biodiversity is dominated by bacteria and invertebrates like insects. Every year we discover new organisms, with almost 20,000 “new” species described in 2008. Unfortunately, that matches the number of (known) species that we lose each year, with most extinctions resulting from habitat loss and pollution. The International Institute for Species Exploration celebrates some of these “new” species in their annual top ten list, with several marine species making the grade. To explore the wonders of life, from killer sponges to psychedelic frogfish, click on the following link: http://species.asu.edu/Top10

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Posted in:   Research




May 25th
2010

Out of fish out of mind

Ocean conservation and management have been much discussed recently with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (more of a gush than a spill, though) dominating our news. The oil and the dispersants used to hide the oil will likely impact marine life for some time, but they are only some of the many factors currently impacting our oceans. Commercial fishing is greatly affecting marine life and several recent studies have highlighted its global impact.

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Posted in:   Seafood



May 13th
2010

No Island Is An Island

On a tiny dot of an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a Laysan albatross lands and greets her chick. She has flown thousands of miles, while the patient chick has waited up to two weeks for one of its parents to return with a meal. Now it is famished and it greets her energetically, battering her bill with its own to prompt her into feeding.

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