Act! Support Our Efforts
Ocean Conservation Marine Life Species Database Education+Careers Projects Contributors Photos Videos News Connect

Support the MarineBio Conservation SocietyMarineBio Selected News Archives

The following is selected news concerning marine life, marine conservation, and other interesting ocean-related news from around the world. News specifically concerning the stranding of marine life can be found under Project 6: Marine Species Stranding Project »

Society memberships are vital to keeping MarineBio online and growing. Please join or make a donation today

MarineBio is an evolving tribute to all ocean life and has been a central source of the latest information concerning marine life and it's biology and conservation online since 1998.

Calls for stricter EU fishing rules as ten-tons of SHARK caught in nets off Cornish coast
An amazing ten-ton haul of SHARKS off the Cornish coast has led to demands today for a re-think on the EU fishing quota.

Tell President Obama: Marine National Monument for All of New England's Ocean Treasures
Make history by showing your support for the first Marine National Monument in the U.S. Atlantic, encompassing the Cashes Ledge Area and the New England Canyons and Seamounts!

Do Humans Have a Future in Deep Sea Exploration?

U.S. Navy finally agrees to ease off sonar that's deadly to whales and dolphins
The U.S. Navy agrees to give marine mammals off California and Hawaii a break from deafening noise.

Warning over Pacific bluefin tuna stocks as Japan meeting ends in stalemate
Meeting ends with no move to save endangered fish as campaigners warn bluefin tuna stocks will continue to plunge unless urgent action is taken

Local biologist missing off coast of Panama
Keith Davis, of Norwood, was working as observer on fishing vessel

Causes of decline among Southern Resident killer whales

Creationists are now actively propagating the claim that octopuses are aliens

Prehistoric beaked whale found with last meal

Disturbing truth behind Australia's shark nets

How One Island Found a Clever Way to Solve Its Environmental Crisis

Dolphin-Assisted Childbirth Is a Bad Idea

Shark Education: Meet Underwater Photographer Amanda Cotton

Imposters Pretending To Help Animals

Hunting for 11-Ton Fishing Net in the War Against Ocean Trash A massive piece of derelict fishing gear underscores the effort, expense, and dangers posed by an ever-increasing amount of marine debris.

Scientists call for Great Kimberley Marine Park to have the same protection as the Great Barrier Reef

It's your reef - draw a line to protect it

Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute have made the first ever observations of polar bears eating white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) that had likely ventured too far north in the Svalbard waters

'Sharkwater' is now available free on Vimeo for free: and via YouTube at: /gallery/video/sharkwater/ (be sure to select HD or 1080p for the best quality)

Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy

Yes, Any Point Is A Turtle — Meet The "Arribada" The arrival of olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), seen from the air in Playa Ostional, pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Fellow Prisoners: A day at Sea World [video]

Former SeaWorld Trainer Reveals Mistreatment of Killer Whales John Hargrove's new tell-all book characterizes the company as cultish and determined to put a happy face on the suffering of orcas.

Research Highlight: New Study Could Pave Way for an Ocean Acidification Early Warning System for Coral Reefs Scripps-led team offers improved approach to monitor health of coral reef ecosystems

Rhinopias Mating [video]

How Orcas Work Together to Whip Up a Meal Cooperative hunting techniques provide a glimpse into the culture of killer whales.

Mission Blue: Beyond Blue [video] Off the coast of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Dr. Sylvia Earle dives 1000 feet below the ocean surface in the DeepSee Submersible.

How to stop illegal fishing in the world's oceans? Send in the hackers.

Cetaceans have a negative response to summer maritime traffic in Westeran Mediterranean Sea

Baby Beluga Whale Born In Captivity Appears To Have Lost The Will To Live [UPDATED]

Number of Starving Sea Lions in California 'Unprecedented' Rescuers say that more than 3,000 baby sea lions have washed ashore this year, raising questions about what the future holds after three years of mass strandings.

Warmer, Lower-Oxygen Oceans Drive Marine Species toward the Poles Global warming could overheat and suffocate some marine animals, according to a new study

40% of Europe's sharks and rays face extinction, says IUCN New red list classifies 7.5% of all marine species as threatened with extinction in first full assessment of the continent's oceanic biodiversity

Researchers study impact of different noises on well-being of cetaceans

Upside down waterfalls and 35 foot high plumes of smoke: Astonishing undersea world found 12,500 feet down in deepest vent ever discovered in Pacific

Light Pollution Modifies The Behavior Of Tiny Key Crustaceans

New evidence emerges on the origins of life

The Microbe That Invaded Caribbean Coral Reefs

Aftermath of Santa Barbara's Oil Spill: What's Happening in the Marine Environment?

Three facts about The Ocean Cleanup

Watch The Beautiful Moment Two Captive Dolphins Return To The Wild

Global warming to bring dramatic changes to oceans

Marine reserves improve reef coral health

Your Toothpaste May Be Loaded With Tiny Plastic Beads That Never Go Away What are microbeads, and why are some states banning them?

Critically Endangered Sawfish Are Reproducing Through 'Virgin Births,' Researchers Find

"Revolution" Theatrical Trailer [video] Official theatrical Trailer for the feature documentary Revolution — the evolution of life and the revolution to save us. Filmed over four years in fifteen countries, this is the follow up to the widely successful feature documentary Sharkwater.

On anniversary of conservationist Jairo Mora's murder, Moín Beach turtles have protection

Seas Face Biodiversity Shakeup Even Under 2 C Warming

Theme Park Dolphins May Be Set Free — Are They the Last?

Stable isotope analysis as a tool for elasmobranch conservation research: a primer for non-specialists

333 - Blue Sharks Demo — [video]

Plastic Pollution — Preventing an incurable disease
By now, many people know that the ocean is filled with plastic debris. A recent study estimates that the amount of plastic waste that washes off land into the ocean each year is approximately 8 million metric tons.

Can the Chesapeake Bay (and its Signature Blue Crabs) Recover?
Blue crab season in the Chesapeake Bay is just around the corner. To fill his coffers between now and then, third-generation Virginia waterman J.C. Hudgins is fishing for menhaden, a type of fish used for bait. What he's seen in recent days comes as good news: clear water to a depth of eight feet.

Watch a Cruise Ship Pollute as Much as 13 Million Cars—in One Day
The industry is growing, and so is the environmental damage to the world's oceans.

Photo of second specimen of Mollisquama sp from paper Grace et al 2015.Second ever pocket shark described
The first pocket shark specimen, a 40 cm mature female, was collected from the Nazca Submarine Ridge in the southeast Pacific Ocean in 1984. It was subsequently used to describe that species and until now was the only specimen ever recorded. It would be 26 years until scientists came across the second, an immature male of just 14.2 cm. In 2010, a midwater trawl survey operating in the northern Gulf of Mexico, captured this shark whilst exploring the animals associated with sperm whale aggregations.

Make Ocean Sustainability a Sustainable Development Goal
Tell the UN to have a stand alone Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans, our most vast and precious resource! This Petition will be delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon himself by Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance. Sign and share please

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Discovering Data and Informing Regional Ocean Health Priorities with the West Coast Ocean Data Portal
Join us Tuesday, April 28 at 1pm EDT / 1am PDT / 5pm GMT. In this webinar, Todd Hallenbeck of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health will describe how practitioners can discover and analyze a comprehensive database of marine debris cleanup observations to visualize spatial patterns and trends. Understanding, tracking, and visualizing marine debris sources, sinks, and transport will help resource management agencies and NGOs work to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris and derelict fishing gear along the US West Coast. Access the portal at For more information and to register, please click here.

Japan Gets The Boot Over Ties To Bloody Dolphin Hunt
Japanese zoos and aquariums obtain their dolphins in such a brutal way that they've been kicked out of the global zoo community until they end the practice. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), an international community of 1,300 facilities, announced on Wednesday that it had unanimously voted to suspend the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) due to concerns that JAZA members were obtaining captive dolphins from vicious Japanese drive hunts.

A dive into the reef's Twilight Zone
In this illuminating talk, Richard Pyle shows us thriving life on the cliffs of coral reefs and groundbreaking diving technologies he has pioneered to explore it. He and his team risk everything to reveal the secrets of undiscovered species.

Pictures: Billions of Blue Jellyfish Wash Up on American Beaches
The animals known as "by-the-wind sailors" stay out on the open ocean—until the winds change.

[Critically Endangered] Goliath grouper caught on Sanibel
SANIBEL, Fla.- A couple fishing at the beach got a huge surprise when they reeled in a 300 pound goliath grouper. "I have never seen a fish that big and I fish a lot, and I have caught some big fish," said Taylor Buckely.

Shelf Life Episode 6 - The Tiniest Fossils ~ American Museum of Natural History [youtube video]
You could easily mistake foraminifera fossils for flecks of dust, but these tiny specimens hold big insights about Earth's climate. Scientific Assistant Bushra Hussaini, researcher Ellen Thomas, Curator Neil Landman, and intern Shaun Mahmood are preserving this invaluable collection.

Tiny plastic, big problem
Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances, threatening the ocean ecosystem

Sea is Life from Nino Del Duca [vimeo video]
This video is a collection of underwater images that should remind us of the beauty of the marine life... It's a collaboration between Nicolas Bulostin (Aqualise) and Nino Del Duca (Sharkman Video Productions).

Exclusive: Deep-Sea Sharks and More Spotted by New Camera
April 21, 2015 - National Geographic's remote imaging team uses drop-cam technology to explore deep ocean mysteries. In this video, mechanical engineer Alan Turchik explains how the drop cam works and reveals footage of underwater life never before seen in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The camera captured images of a gulper shark, not previously known to occupy these waters.






Coral Bleaching Worldwide 2010
Extreme Heat Bleaches Coral, and Threat Is Seen

Underwater Base Jumping Into The Worlds Deepest Abyss

Visit Species Alliance

"With a decision on a proposal that will lift the ban on commercial whaling for the next ten years only a few weeks away, and the members of the European Union still struggling to find a common position concerning a practice which is strictly prohibited by law within European Union waters, leading European actor, Mario Adorf has added his voice to the anti-whaling movement by narrating a moving campaign film on behalf of WDCS.

WDCS has launched 'Jenny', a new 90 seconds short film designed to wake decision makers from their current state of inactivity and to call on the wider public to act against the lifting of the whaling ban when the International Whaling Commission meets to make its decision in Morocco this June."

It's still 11:59. It's time to see The 11th Hour. Rent it on Netflix or buy the DVD via Amazon. Please.

"BP has established a volunteer program and set up a toll-free number for people to call. When calling, people should communicate what they are volunteering for what areas they are available to work in. In addition, people can call to learn about the training that is required to work in oil spill clean-up operations. Oil Report Line/Volunteer Line – (866)-448-5816"

Visit Shark-Free Marinas and help reduce the killing of sharks worldwide and Join us at The Global Shark Initiative to learn more about protecting our seriously declining shark populations.

For Earth Day get tickets and show times at the official Disney's Oceans site

Pre-order/buy the DVDs with David Attenborough narrating | LIFE on the Discovery Channel
» Oscar winner 'The Cove' to become the basis of a new TV series

More about whale sharks » | More videos of marine life »

» The Undersea Voyager Project | Jumbo (Humboldt) Squid | Giant Squid | Colossal Squid

  • The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report
  • Scientists say dolphins should be treated as 'non-human persons'
  • Expedition to the Raja Ampat Islands: Ecoresort protects coral reefs
  • New Acoustic Tools May Reduce Ship Strikes on Whales | North Atlantic right whales
  • Pollock catch set at lowest level in decades | Alaska pollock
  • 2009

    Buy the book! | Visit Scubazoo | IUCN Marine Conservation Sub-Committee