The Weekly Dive Vol. 73

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


US Navy and Coast Guard prepare to operate in an ice-free Arctic. The new Arctic Strategy addresses the opening of this new body of water, which could bring new shipping traffic to the Bering Strait and other areas. Meanwhile, even tropical nations are building icebreaker vessels in anticipation of navigating newly available routes. [Discovery News] 

Dolphin escapes captivity and reunites with pod. The dolphin was illegally caught and sold to an aquarium in South Korea, where she lived for years performing shows. She was considered a good candidate for release and was moved to a temporary sea pen, from which she escaped. She has since successfully found and rejoined her old pod. [The Huffington Post] 

Loggerhead turtles face offshore risks between nesting periods. Female loggerheads in the Gulf of Mexico were thought to spend internesting periods near the nesting beach, but are now known to travel between different beaches. They go distances of up to several hundred miles, into offshore areas threatened by oil and fishing industries. [Science Daily] 

First ever global atlas of marine plankton published. For the diverse organisms, including microscopic bacteria and large jellyfish, the atlas helps identify the amount and distribution of around the world.  [Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution] 

Baby harp seals stranded by shrinking sea ice. Harp seals pups are born and raised on stable sea ice until they can swim. Research shows that, while adult harp seals don’t seem affected, pups are at a high risk of stranding and dying due to declining ice. [Science Daily]  

Debate on orca captivity builds with the release of documentary, Blackfish. The film turns a critical eye to the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity, alleging that confinement causes trauma for the whales, and results in problems such as fatal attacks on trainers. Meanwhile, SeaWorld has fired back with a critique of the film and defense of their activities and education program. [The New York Times]

Photos via Wikimedia Commons by:
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain; Ricardo Liberato, Creative Commons License; NOAA, Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), Public Domain; Environmental Protection Agency, Public Domain; Matthieu Godbout, Creative Commons License; NOAA, Robert Pittman, Public Domain. 

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