Floridians rescue Manatees stranded on shores drained by Irma

September 11, 2017 by  
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Of all the destructive impacts of a hurricane , with its life-threatening storm surges and massive flooding, the sudden lack of aquatic habitat is not a typical concern. However, bays and canals drained by Hurricane Irma’s intense storm system were exactly the threats facing Florida’s aquatic wildlife over the weekend, including manatees. Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida , saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them. Law enforcement and other locals also arrived to offer a helping hand and, together, the Floridians carried the manatees, which can easily weigh over 600 pounds, back into the sea. The manatees beached in Sarasota and other parts of Florida along Irma’s path suffered from an unusual phenomenon in which water was pulled away from typically submerged shores while areas above sea level suffered flooding. As the storm approached places like Tampa, strong winds pushed water out of shallow bays and canals and into a storm surge elsewhere. “As soon as the wind shifts direction, the water will come back quickly and continue to move inland,” said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones. Although the wind temporarily removed water from the area, it returned with strength. “After the storm center passes Tampa, the wind will change from offshore to onshore and push water and large ocean surface waves onshore,” said Shuyi Chen, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. Related: Snooty, the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity, dies at age 69 While the water was low, Sechler and his friends traveled out to where the manatees were trapped. “My friends and I couldn’t move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered,” said Sechler. “We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them.” Eventually, fellow citizens and law enforcement officers arrived to assist in the rescue operation. The animals were rolled up in a tarp, then carried the 100 yards to the open ocean. Now that Irma has passed through Sarasota, the manatees and their rescuers can expect more peaceful seas. Via The Telegraph and CNN Images via cyberartist/Flickr ,  Marcelo Clavijo/Facebook  and  Tony Foradini-Campos/Facebook

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The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees

January 12, 2016 by  
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The world is in need of some mussel building. The humble mussel is not only a delicious seafood dish, it also is one of the most important species in the sea (and various salt-free bodies of water). Mussels act as a natural filtration system by pulling excessive nutrients from the water, which might otherwise have contributed to algal blooms and “ dead zones .” Researchers from the University of Porto in Portugal and the Technical University of Munich have compiled the first comprehensive database of mussel populations in Europe’s freshwater, which they hope will be used to protect these essential mollusks. Read the rest of The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees

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Scientists discover new Ruby Seadragon species in the Pacific Ocean

February 24, 2015 by  
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Although it’s not quite a Game of Thrones-style fire breathing dragon, a new species of seadragon has scientists pretty excited. The Ruby Seadragon was recently discovered in the Pacific Ocean after being overlooked for 150 years, and it has marine biologists pumped about the potential Earth’s oceans hold for future discoveries. Read the rest of Scientists discover new Ruby Seadragon species in the Pacific Ocean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquatic life , discovery , marine biology , marine life , ocean , Ruby , ruby seadragon , scripps institute of oceanogoraphy , sea dragon , underwater , western australia museum

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New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

February 18, 2014 by  
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While they might give you a glowing complexion, the tiny microbeads found in your face and body washes pose a big threat to waterways and aquatic life. In order to prevent the small but harmful beads from wreaking havoc when they enter waterways, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the Microbead-Free Waters Act last week. If passed, the legislation would ban the manufacturing, distribution and sale of personal care products with plastic particles that are less than 5mm in size. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquatic life , attorney general eric t schneiderman , beat the microbead , lake erie , microbead app , microbead free waters act , microbeads great lakes , microbeads lake erie , ny state microbead ban , ny state plastic ban , Proctor and Gamble , Robert k Sweeney , suny , suny microbead study , the body shop , Unilever        

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EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Aquatic Life

March 27, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that an astounding 55 percent of rivers and streams in the country are in “poor condition for aquatic life.” The results of their first comprehensive survey of waterway health, the EPA found shrinking vegetation cover alongside high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen, as well as pollution from mercury and bacteria—none of which are all that great for human health either. These stresses pose a threat not only to 1.2 million miles of waterways, but also the coastal areas, lakes and bays that are served by those rivers and streams. Additionally, as the EPA emphasizes, the polluted, unhealthy waterways include vital sources of drinking water. Read the rest of EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Aquatic Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agricultural ruoff , agriculture pollution , algae blooms , aquatic life , dead zone , environmental destruction , environmental protection agency , epa , fertilizer pollution , fertilizer runoff , fertilizers , fish health , mercury , mercury fish , mercury health , National Rivers and Stream Assessment , river health , river pollution , water health , water pollution

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