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Puffins and Pufflings, and how the New England Seamounts Could Save Them

Featured Image: An Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) displays its colorful beak and feet. Courtesy of Ray Hennessy. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a striking bird, at times referred to as the clown of the sea due to its unusual facial appearance. These seabird’s boldly-colored beaks serve…

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A Glimmer of Hope for Ailing Seas; Scientists publish a timeline for turning the tide on marine ecosystem degradation

By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   “What we do in the next ten years will profoundly impact the next few thousand.” – Sir David Attenborough   Since 1956, scientists have provided evidence of mounting anthropogenic climate change.[1] The mounting evidence tells a clear and scientifically certain story: human actions are degrading the planet’s living…

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The California Seamount Series!

Featured Picture: A Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis sp.) swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.   Today, we release the first in a series of short videos and multi-media stories about a unique place in U.S. oceans — huge underwater mountains, called seamounts. Rising from the deep, dark seafloor…

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Mystery in The Deep: How Models Can Help Us Understand the Full Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Featured Picture: A host of squat lobsters and brittle stars adorn a large pair of Paramuricea corals at a depth of 3,200 feet in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Given the depth of the spill, it should not be surprising…

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Let Them Eat Fish?

Featured Picture: A rockfish searches for a place to hide off the coast of Southern California. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   The next time you order fish at a restaurant, pull out your phone for a second and research where it might have come from (Monterey Bay Aquarium’s…

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What Are We Protecting? Exploring Seamounts in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Featured Pic: A giant basket star off the coast of Baker Island. Image courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Expedition Overview Marine Conservation Institute recently participated in the E/V Nautilus NA114 field expedition that explored numerous seamounts across the Central Pacific Ocean. The expedition focused on collecting baseline…

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Zombie Worms, Octopus Gardens and Hydrothermal Vents! Exploring the Unknown off the Coast of California: The 2019 Nautilus Field Season

Featured Picture: A baleen whale fall on Davidson Seamount off the coast of California. Image courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   The deep sea is the last great unexplored region of our planet. We only have detailed maps for approximately 5% of the ocean – most of the…

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Life in the Unknown Deep: Corals on Pacific Seamounts

Featured Pic: A vibrant and diverse coral garden discovered on top of a small knoll within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Marine Conservation Institute recently participated in a deep-sea expedition tasked with exploring seamount habitats in and around the…

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