Posts Tagged: oceans
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America Ends War On Innocent Southern California Sea Otters

A 25-year federal campaign against sea otters in Southern California is finally ending, because it turns out sea otters will go down the coast if they want to, because declaring the whole of Southern California from Point Conception to the Mexican border an "otter-free zone" just wasn't a very good idea.

In 1987, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a program of forced otter relocation, capturing the endangered animals whenever they strayed into the Santa Barbara channel. Why? Because the U.S. Navy and the commercial fishing industry objected to an earlier plan to establish a backup population of the endangered sea mammals on San Nichols Island, [...]

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Soothe Yourself With The Ocean's Swirl

It is way too late in the week for it to only be Wednesday, right? If you're having the same kind of morning I am, this will help: "NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this remarkable animation of the surface currents of our oceans. It’s called Perpetual Ocean, and the full work is 20 minutes of HD video, assembled from a huge amount of satellite, on location, and computational data generated by ECCO2 (Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase 2)…. What you’re looking at is the surface current flow (not anything deeper) of oceans around the world, recorded from 2006 to 2007. The white lines are the [...]

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We'll Get You Yet, Oceans

Happy World Oceans Day! How are we celebrating? "Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said it was investigating the power outages at its No. 1 and No. 2 reactors in the Daiichi plant in Fukushima, badly damaged by the devastating March earthquake and tsunami. The company is also considering dumping low-level radioactive water into the sea from another nearby plant slightly damaged by the March disasters. A Tepco spokesman said it may pump into the ocean about 3,000 tonnes of sea water that washed over the Daini plant after the March 11 tsunami. It is about 10 km (6 miles) from the Daiichi plant, where Tepco is still battling [...]