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Food for thought: can climate change affect wild appetites?

In a recent forum by Youngentob et al. (2021) pose this fascinating question, given that endotherms commonly reduce their voluntary food intake in warm temperatures - could reduced food intake be an overlooked driver of climate change casualties?

Dolphin population uses different whistles to beat noise

A recently recorded population of Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins has been observed using their own distinct whistles which have longer durations, lower frequencies and fewer inflection points. Not only does this suggest they are an independent population but researchers suggest that the specific features of this delphinid language are used to communicate more effectively in the waters around Hainan Island, Zhanjiang, and Sanniang Bay.

New estimates of marine plastic pollution from COVID-19 face masks

Following in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic were growing fears and numerous accounts of discarded single use PPE making its way into the world’s oceans. Yet despite these very real concerns there is no extensive quantitative estimation of the amount of discarded face masks likely to litter coastal regions.

2021-04-25T10:01:07-05:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Conservation News|Tags: , , |

Floating Marine Debris may act as a vector for invasive species

Floating Marine Debris (FMD) is the catch-all term for any type of manufactured material that ends up in the marine environment either on purpose or by accident. Around 80% of FMD comes from terrestrial sources with only 20% coming from marine sources and around 70% of all this debris is made from or contains plastic.

2021-04-25T10:39:25-05:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Conservation News|Tags: , , |

The Beauty – Animated short film

This animated short film asks "What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? The Beauty directed by Pascal Schelbli is a poetic journey through the oceans, which are simultaneously stunning and filthy. Discover a world where concerns and fears dissolve into the mysterious depth of the polluted blue sea."

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