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A selection of recently published stuff for those who love our oceans - long reads, photo galleries and not-to-be-missed articles


1Lucky charms

'In Cenderawasih Bay, in West Papua, Indonesia, fishermen set out for days on hand-made floating platforms called bagans. At night, they turn on lights to attract squid and baitfish, and lower nets from their bagans—also attracting whale sharks to the smell and commotion. Bagan fishermen have long believed that whale sharks bring good luck and feed them bits of baitfish.'  Photo essay by Pete Oxford. The Atlantic 


2Preserving the wrecks of Lake Michigan

'The 71-year-old shipwreck enthusiast powered down the Discovery's engines and dropped a waterproof camera attached to a rope into roughly 300 feet of water. The images revealed a three-masted barquentine.' By Tom Briscoe, Chicago Tribune  video1

4The dark shadow of the Blue Hole

'In the bars and cafes of Dahab this summer, one recurring observation has been made among the diving fraternity, a core constituency in this Egyptian coastal resort. “If it could happen to Steve, it could happen to anyone.”.' By Edmund Bower, The Guardian


Noise threat to the ocean's unicorns

'Growing evidence indicates that underwater air guns used to detect oil and gas deposits affect the behaviour of marine mammals. Arctic biologist Eva Garde talks about her research into the impact of air guns on elusive narwhals.'  By Ian Evans, News Deeply


3Coral reef loss revealed in old maps

'IN 1774 AND 1775, as the upper part of North America girded for war, a British surveyor named George Gauld was sailing around the Florida Keys, putting together maps. The British Admiralty had sent him, and he made a point of marking, directly on his charts, wherever the natural landscape could affect naval movement.'  By Cara Giaimo, Atlas Obscura


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Who ate all the copepods?

'As the oceans become more acidic, box jellyfish may start eating a lot more. Their greedy appetites could have a huge impact on marine ecosystems.'  By Christie Wilcox, New Scientist

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Shark gallery

'From hammerheads and whitetips to makos and great whites, sharks are often misunderstood. The best way to learn about them is to get up close - very close - like underwater photographer Brian Skerry...'  Photo Gallery





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