The Weekly Dive Vol. 63

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

Deep-sea submarine donated to science by James Cameron. The unique submersible, which Cameron used a year ago to dive to the deepest point on earth, will be given to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to facilitate future research and exploration, mainly by aiding the design of new technologies. [The New York Times]

Americans support preparation for extreme weather. A new survey shows that an overwhelming majority backs preventive action that would minimize damage from climate-change related problems like sea level rise and extreme storms, rather than waiting to address damage after it happens. [Science Daily] 

Increased Antarctica sea ice may result from melt. Paradoxically, scientists have found that climate change is increasing Antarctic sea ice, and that this could come from ice shelf meltwater: the meltwater is cold and low in density; it floats on the surface and refreezes more quickly than seawater. [BBC] 

Research reveals tourist interaction with stingrays alters behavior. A study conducted at a Cayman Islands “interactive ecotourism” site, Stingray City, showed changes in nocturnal feeding habits and solitary behavior prompting questions about just how sustainable feeding and touching wildlife can be. Further research will be needed to assess if and to what extent these are detrimental changes. [] 

Marine protection in the UK slowed by economy. Currently, much less than 1% of UK waters are protected putting it far behind in its international commitment to make a network of protected areas. The Environment Minister has stated that the weak economy has been an obstacle in implementing ocean conservation measures. [BBC]  


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