Headline reading done right. We're back at it again, tracking down and sharing some positive news to help deliver that little spark of joy to the day. Here's our latest roundup of 5 good things happening in our oceans this August.
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1. Overfished shark species will finally get the protection it needs.
The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) has finally been listed as “overfished,” a designation that prompts protective legal action. After the Fisheries Service had listed the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the federal government has responded to a lawsuit filed by the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i to legally protect the endangered species and make recommendations on how best to reduce shark mortalities in fisheries worldwide. Source: Earth Justice
2. Hawaii group sets record for the largest haul of plastic removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
With the help of a GPS satellite tracker, Ocean Voyages Institute returned to the port of Honolulu in June after successfully removing 103 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The large haul by Ocean Voyages more than doubles its previous record set in 2019. Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
3. Two beluga whales swim in the sea for the first time in 11 years.
After several years of performing at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, Little White and Little Grey transition from specialized pools on Heimaey Island to the open-water section of the beluga sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay, Iceland. Caretakers say that whales are eating, playing, and responding positively to their new open-water home. Source: Live Science
4. Endangered seahorse makes a comeback due to lockdown.
For the first time in years, 16 spiny seahorses were spotted in Studland Bay, including a pregnant male and several juveniles. The last spiny seahorse spotting was in 2018 however the seahorse was not alive when discovered. Less boat traffic in the area since the lockdown started has allowed the bay’s natural habitat to re-establish itself as well as seagrass patches to replenish - a food source for the endangered species. Source: BBC
5. Satellite imagery reveals new penguin colonies in Antarctica.
Satellite imaging has revealed that there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought. The new study provides an important benchmark for monitoring the impact of environmental change on the population of this iconic bird. Source: CNN
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