Archive for the ‘Marine Life’ Category

Whale jail

As someone who works in the judicial system, I found this article very sad and at the same time, a little hopeful when I read that Jean-Michael Cousteau (along with a gentleman named Charles Vinick from the Whale Sanctuary Project) were involved.

The article is entitled “Russia Says It Will Try to Free Almost 100 Whales Held in ‘Jail’” by Neil MacFarquhar and Ivan Nechepurenko over at the New York Times. I guess what I take from this, and what I wish for is, to keep hope alive.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Ecosystems

So While I’m aware of ecosystems, and probably more of those on land, I must say I’ve never heard of a neuston. It is, as this article states, a zone that is just above and below the water’s surface.

The article is entitled “The neuston is a floating ocean ecosystem, and our plastic cleanup push could threaten it” by Starre Vartan  over at the Mother Nature Network. After reading the article, I realized I was sort of familiar with this ecosystem before, I just didn’t know it had a name.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Not in my islands or NIMI

Palau

So if your home is important enough, this article is all about finding a way to protect it. It seems the island nation of Palau wanted to protect their home and so first they banned all commercial fishing in their waters, creating a marine sanctuary, but then the next question was what now?

They decided to start a crowdfunding campaign, to obtain the resources necessary for protecting their sanctuary. You can read all about it in the article “This is What Happens When You Crowdfund an Awesome Marine Park”  by over at Grist.

There is also an article entitled “Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area”  By David Shiffman over at Scientific American.  So how cool is that?!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Thanksgiving day menu for citizen scientist

I get lots of e-mails from a variety of groups and one of my favorites is the organization, SciStarter. Anyway, the last one I got was entitled “We’ve created a fabulous menu of Citizen Science projects!“. Now that looks like quite a menu.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Green Librarian

 

 

Takes me back

This article relates really well to the book I’m reading now, Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind by Richard Fortey. The article is “Life in the Sea Found Its Fate in a Paroxysm of Extinction” by Alanna Mitchell at the New York Times.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian