Today's Catch

Apr 26, 2011
The Encyclopedia of Life and Atlantic Public Media bring us a new installment of the podcast, One Species at a Time . Vacuumed up from its habitat a mile down in the ocean, the red paper lantern jelly may not look like much. Mostly water, it’s so fragile that once brought to the surface it’s reduced to a tattered blob in a jar. But this unassuming jellyfish has lessons for scientists. It’s...Read more
Apr 13, 2011
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Christine Meng

Kids wax poetic in the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. To celebrate National Poetry Month, visitors on April 9, 2011 were invited to pen a haiku to the ocean blue. Seven-year-old Christine Meng--a true poet--took some creative liberties and expanded the form in a visual direction . To see more poems authored by children, read the "comments" section . Inspired? Submit...Read more
Apr 5, 2011
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Andy (Flickr user amell)

Much of the carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean. As CO 2 levels rise, seawater becomes more acidic. This change in chemistry poses a serious threat to marine organisms including snails, corals , such as in the above photo showing a single bleached polyp, and fish. In the April 2011 issue of National Geographic , writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells the story of how...Read more
Mar 31, 2011
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Mark Cosgriff/Marine Photobank

A polar bear ( Ursus maritimus) in Churchill Wildlife Management Area in Manitoba, Canada smelling the scent of humans while waiting for sea ice to form on of the Hudson Bay. There are several human threats endangering polar bear populations; over harvesting, human development and loss of sea ice due to climate change are all reducing the bear's numbers and habitat. Teens are currently working to...Read more
Feb 17, 2011
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University of Cyprus

This over 2,000-year-old shipwreck in Mazotas, Cyprus, was discovered in 2007. The ship was loaded with wine from Chios, one of the most expensive and sought-after Greek wines in antiquity. The University of Cyprus, in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and the THETIS Foundation, organized the first Cypriot underwater project and recently began excavation at the site. It...Read more
Feb 17, 2011
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Matthew D Potenski, MDP Photography/Marine Photobank

Mangroves thrive in hot, muddy, salty conditions that would kill most plants. But even these tough trees are threatened by human development. This lone mangrove shoot in South Bimini, Bahamas stands strong in the path of a backhoe dredging a lagoon. Mangroves, which provide habitat to diverse marine life and protect shorelines from storms and erosion, are disappearing at an alarming rate...Read more
Feb 14, 2011
Scientists predict that ocean acidification will impact communities around the world. One of them is the Suquamish Nation , an American Indian tribe on the Puget Sound, in the Pacific Northwest. Students from the Suquamish Tribal Early College High School produced this video to raise awareness about the economic, environmental, social, and cultural impacts ocean acidification may have on their...Read more
Jan 14, 2011
New technology is making it possible for scientists to go where they’ve never gone before, the depths of the icy Arctic Ocean . By collecting organisms and mapping the seafloor, researchers can discover the effects of climate change on this region and understand the relationship between the ice, water, and the seafloor. Explore other videos that capture the beauty and mystery of the ocean realm...Read more
Jan 14, 2011
Ocean conditions change every hour of every day. Tides, currents, and winds are constantly in flux. NOAA’s real-time data helps huge ships navigate safely under bridges and around obstacles. Explore other videos that capture the beauty and mystery of the ocean realm at NOAA Ocean TodayRead more
Jan 11, 2011
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Flickr User James Davidson (Creative Commons)

The National Oil Spill Commission has released findings from its investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the final report or watch the video summary . Then, save the date for the panel discussion One Year After the Gulf Oil Spill here at the Smithsonian and via live webcast on April 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm (EDT).Read more

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