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Insidious danger: Microplastics have made their way to the remotest corners of earth
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Insidious danger: Microplastics have made their way to the remotest corners of earth

Even pristine rain and snow now contain a cocktail of different types of microplastics, chemicals, natural and artificial particles

Seagrass meadows provide essential services for marine life, need to be protected say experts
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Seagrass meadows provide essential services for marine life, need to be protected say experts

A wide range of animals depend on them, including tiny invertebrates that are a food source to fish prized by small-scale, artisanal fishing operations.

Nature and humans collide in these eight winning images from the 2021 BigPicture Competition
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Nature and humans collide in these eight winning images from the 2021 BigPicture Competition

The annual photography competition encourages photographers to contribute their work to celebrate Earth's rich diversity and inspire action to protect it.

Giant, weird-looking coelacanth fish lived for up to 100 years, finds study
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Giant, weird-looking coelacanth fish lived for up to 100 years, finds study

The females don’t hit sexual maturity until their late 50s and one pregnancy lasted five years.

Playing with Sharks: New documentary throws light on noted ocean explorer Valerie Taylor's encounters with the sea creatures
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Playing with Sharks: New documentary throws light on noted ocean explorer Valerie Taylor's encounters with the sea creatures

Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story, directed by Sally Aitken, is about changing attitudes. The title itself is a nod to the positive association Taylor enjoys with sharks, who she regularly refers to as her “friends”.

World Oceans Day 2021: Deepwater Horizon was a pivoting point for this oceanographer
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World Oceans Day 2021: Deepwater Horizon was a pivoting point for this oceanographer

Samantha Joye specializes in the unique metabolisms of marine bacteria and they can be leveraged to clean up spills.

World Oceans Day 2021: Good enough might be the best long term option to protect our ocean
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World Oceans Day 2021: Good enough might be the best long term option to protect our ocean

Often, “protection” amounts to nothing more than lines on maps in government offices while fishing continues unabated in the water.

World Oceans Day 2021: Can we use bio-fouling organisms to extract energy from ocean waves?
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World Oceans Day 2021: Can we use bio-fouling organisms to extract energy from ocean waves?

Waves have enough energy that every metre of coastline could power around five average homes and more during storms.

Sri Lanka braces for environmental disaster as fire-damaged container ship sinks off Colombo port
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Sri Lanka braces for environmental disaster as fire-damaged container ship sinks off Colombo port

The disaster has already caused debris — including several tons of plastic pellets used to make plastic bags — to wash ashore.

No end in sight: Sri Lanka faces its worst marine crisis as plastic from burning ship washes ashore
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No end in sight: Sri Lanka faces its worst marine crisis as plastic from burning ship washes ashore

Sri Lanka's MEPA said the microplastic pollution could cause years of ecological damage to the island.

Lull in shipping activity gives scientists chance to listen to sounds of the ocean
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Lull in shipping activity gives scientists chance to listen to sounds of the ocean

They will capture signals from marine life that use sound and natural sonar to navigate and communicate across the oceans.

Warming climate is driving marine animals from the equator to the poles
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Warming climate is driving marine animals from the equator to the poles

Poleward migration was more pronounced north of the equator, where oceans have warmed more quickly than in the south.

Baby sharks grow faster but smaller in warming oceans, struggle to survive, study claims
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Baby sharks grow faster but smaller in warming oceans, struggle to survive, study claims

The sharks are growing very fast, but to an ultimately smaller size, which is a problem for survival, say experts.

World's freshwater fisheries are under threat of extinction, finds WWF report
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World's freshwater fisheries are under threat of extinction, finds WWF report

According to new findings, freshwater biodiversity is declining at twice the rate of marine life.

Many fish species, including those that are consumed by humans, are eating plastic
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Many fish species, including those that are consumed by humans, are eating plastic

There is evidence that that microplastics and even smaller particles called nano plastics move from a fish’s stomach to its muscle tissue, which is the part humans typically eat.

Undersea habitats to change, fragment as human-made sounds drown out their voices: study
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Undersea habitats to change, fragment as human-made sounds drown out their voices: study

Scientists claim to have recorded 'fewer animals singing and calling than in the past' with anthropogenic sounds fragmenting their habitats.

Number of sharks, rays have fallen more than 70 percent between 1970-2018
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Number of sharks, rays have fallen more than 70 percent between 1970-2018

While climate change and pollution also imperil shark survival, increased fishing pressure is the greatest threat for every oceanic shark species.

Thailand recycle ghost nets into useful plastic items to fight coronavirus pandemic
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Thailand recycle ghost nets into useful plastic items to fight coronavirus pandemic

Net Free Seas has salvaged 15 tons of waste netting from sea waters in its first year of operation.

Rocket fuel leak could've caused water pollution, killed marine life in Russia's Kamchatka region
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Rocket fuel leak could've caused water pollution, killed marine life in Russia's Kamchatka region

Last month, locals witnessed large numbers of dead sea creatures including seals, octopuses and sea urchins wash up onto the black-sanded beach.

Lone whale rescued from pod of dead carcasses as Australia reports largest-ever mass stranding
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Lone whale rescued from pod of dead carcasses as Australia reports largest-ever mass stranding

With more than 300 carcasses spread across a 10-kilometre area, boats have begun towing the dead whales into the open ocean, where they will be released over several days.