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New species of lanternshark described Photo

New species of lanternshark described

Researchers have discovered a new species of lanternshark. Etmopterus benchleyi or the ninja lanternshark has been described in a paper (pdf) published in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. It is found at great depths in the central eastern Pacific, and have tiny bioluminescent dots all over their bodies.

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Report: Silence of the Sharks Photo

Report: Silence of the Sharks

The first Silence of the Sharks protest dive was held in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, Israel. 87 divers dived together on the wreck of the Satil to protest the against shark finning and to raise awareness of the plight of sharks in the marine ecosystem. Further protests are planned around the globe, including a dive with 500 divers in the Mediterranean in October 2016.

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COP21 Paris results in historic global agreement Photo

COP21 Paris results in historic global agreement

The United Nations COP21 meeting has just ended and has resulted in the first international agreement to control CO2 emissions. The delegates agreed to enact measures to keep temperature increase below 2°C (3.6°F), to balance emissions and sinks in the second half of this century, to review progress every 5 years and to earmark $100 billion to help developing countries achieve these goals.

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NOAA reopens Florida shark fishery Photo

NOAA reopens Florida shark fishery

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has decided to open commercial shark fishing at Jupiter, Florida. This targets all species of shark found in the area, including lemon (Negaprion brevirostris), tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), and hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) sharks. It is perhaps important to note that NOAA has not proposed any form of catch limit on the fishery, nor any measures to prevent the commercial fishing of shark protected by CITES.

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Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling Photo

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling

The Japanese government has announced that it plans to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean this year. This is in direct contravention of a ruling from the International Court of Justice. The BBC reports that the Japanese have announced a reduced quota for the number of whales killed under the guise of scientific research. (Image from Shutterstock).

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New paper tracks humpback movements Photo

New paper tracks humpback movements

A new study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal has used satellite tracking tags to study the novel migratory patterns of endangered South Pacific humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Among the unexpected findings is the fact that the whales spend time “hanging out” around seamounts during their migrations. (Image from Shutterstock)

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