Archive for the ‘sea life’ Category

Researchers Study Jellies to Understand Global Ocean Changes

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Marine habitats around the world are undergoing changes caused by a variety of sources ranging from natural disasters to agricultural runoff. Marine creatures are being exposed to such changes in sea water as temperature, salinity, and nutrient load.

Jellies seem to be finding these changes beneficial. They are thriving. Jelly populations are exploding around the world, with swarms of the stinging creatures making headlines for shutting down nuclear power plants in Japan, Scotland, and Israel. Some individual jellies have grown to sizes that once were the domain of B list science fiction movies, shredding commercial fishing nets into which they blunder.

Researchers are now studying sea nettles off the New Jersey coast in hopes of understanding the driving factors behind these population explosions.

New TV Show: “Your Sanctuary”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
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NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.

NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television series entitled “Your Sanctuary.”

Designed to connect people with their sanctuaries, the program will feature local scientists and business leaders discussing how their organizations and businesses are integrally tied to the nation’s largest national marine sanctuary. The show will demonstrate how we are all connected to the ocean and highlight the activities of communities and organizations working to keep coastal and marine resources healthy.

According to NOAA, Your Sanctuary will air several times weekly (Mondays 7:00 PM, Tuesdays 8:00 PM, Wednesdays 9:00 PM, Sundays 6:00 PM) on Comcast channel 27 and AT&T channel 99. It will also be available at, although the server was not available at posting time.

Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts Sonoma Coast Abalone

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), known more popularly as a Red Tide, invaded the Sonoma Coast in September and wrought havoc on the abalone population. HABs have occurred in the area around Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in recent years, but fortunately have thus far not had such devastating effects on our rocky reef community, perhaps because our reef is exposed to moving tidal currents on even the calmest of days. (HABs tend to form when seas are calm and skies are sunny.)

Read more about the Sonoma Coast HAB event and what researchers are learning from it at KQED Quest’s web site: