An endangered species since the 70s

Caretta caretta are commonly called "loggerhead" sea turtles due to their overly large heads with a horny beak that is significantly thicker than in other sea turtles. They have a reddish-brown shell, with a pale yellow  plastron (underbelly) This species is the largest hard-shelled turtle in the world

 

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Jellyfish? Man or woman? Some facts about Portuguese Man of War

 

Ever since the first death by a Portuguese Man of War has been reported in the Mediterranean in 2010 (in Sardinia) more and more people especially in the med got curious about this jellyfish.  Ah no, first misconception, the Portuguese Man of War is not a jellyfish but rather a marine phylum, it differs from a jellyfish in so far as it is not actually a single multicellular organism but a colonial organism made up of many highly specialized minute individuals called zooids.

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2014 Jerico Summer School announcement

The FP7 project JERICO will organize a 2nd summerschool after the successful 2013 one held in Malta. The date has been set for the 14-20 June 2014 (Saturday - Friday) and the location will be around The Hague and Delft, in the Netherlands...

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Deep Oceans getting warmer

NBC Science News have recently published a news article based on information from Discovery Communications LLC (owners of The Discovery Channel) about the overall warming of the oceans which is happening at an alarming rate ... 

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European Marine Board Position Paper 18 on Marine Protected Areas

A newly launched Marine Board Position Paper presents key scientific priorities for Marine Protected Areas (MPA) management and calls for the rapid implementation of MPA networks in Europe.  ... 

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Deepwater Horizon, Two Years On

What are the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, two years on? For the families of the 11 people who were killed, of course, their tragedy means life will never be the same.  What have been the environmental and economic effects of the oil spill? It’s been bad news for the deep-water coral communities 1.2 km beneath the Gulf’s surface. Corals were found with brown flocculent material and...

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Richness of Mid-Atlantic ridge

Shallow waters close to the coasts are fertile ground for plankton and biological nutrients, allowing for marine life to thrive more. By contrast, in the deeper parts of the ocean, where the sun penetrates less, there is less growth potential  ... 

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M.Sc. in Applied Oceanography - Malta

October 2013 sees the launch of a new challenging M.Sc. course in Applied Oceanography being offered by the Physical Oceanography Unit of the IOI-Malta Operational Centre at the University of Malta  ... 

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European Maritime Day 2012

Since the declaration in Strasbourg in 2008, every 20th May Europe comes together to celebrate the Maritime Day. The aim is to make people reflect on the importance of the sea in many aspects of our everyday life – whether for leisure, work, economy or transport. A large conference for stakeholders is organized every year, and in 2012 this honour is given to Sweden – where the event will be held in the...

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