The Weekly Dive Vol. 55

Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!

US Govt. intends to allow Navy to harm whales and dolphins 31 million times with high intensity sonar testing. The National Marine Fisheries Service permit for the US Navy to conduct its testing will include an allowance for 31 million instances of harassment of marine mammals, including, hearing loss and other significant harms, as well as 350 deaths. [NRDC; The Center for Biological Diversity]   

New potential record for highest wave ever surfed. Officials are working to calculate the height of a wave ridden by Garrett McNamara, from photographs. He set the existing record, 78ft (24m) high, last year in the same spot in Portugal. [BBC] 

900 dolphins killed in Solomon Islands over conservation dispute. Since the traditional dolphin hunt was an important source of income for locals, conservation groups struck a deal that they would be paid $400,000 to stop the hunt. The hunt was resumed when the full payment wasn’t completed, possibly due to the funds being seized by a renegade group in the capital. [The Guardian] 

Ozone thinning is changing ocean circulation, potentially impacting climate change. A study investigating how fast surface water in the Southern Ocean is mixing into deep water found that intensified winds, a result of the Antarctic ozone hole, have affected the ocean’s ventilation. This, affects ocean uptake of heat and carbon dioxide, and could affect the global climate. [Science Daily] 

US Navy ship that ran aground on a Philippine reef to be dismantled. The Philippines will be compensated for damage to the protected coral reef. It was decided that scrapping the minesweeper was the best way to minimize further destruction to Tubbataha Reef. [The Huffington Post]  

Australia protests presence of Japanese whaling ship in its territory. A Japanese whaling support and security vessel was sailing near Macquarie Island, in Australia’s exclusive economic zone. Australia is taking legal action against Southern Ocean whaling in an international court and has made clear to the Japanese government that whaling vessels aren’t welcome in its territory. [BBC] 

Report underscores US vulnerability to coastal impacts of climate change. The report, part of the National Climate Assessment, says the entire country will see effects of climate change but the coasts, where most development has occurred, are most susceptible to damage from risks such as increased flooding and storms. [The Huffington Post]  

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