The Weekly Dive Vol. 53

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


Japanese scientists capture giant squid on video for first time. The elusive creatures live at extreme depths. The scientists rigged a special camera 2,000 feet deep with a light that mimicked the bioluminescence of a jellyfish caught by a predator, which is prey for the giant squid. The full video will be aired on the Discovery Channel on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. [Los Angeles Times]

Tuna in Tokyo fetches triple last year's record price days before study reveals population down by 96.4% The highly coveted first fish of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo sold for $1.76million. A study published 3 days later shows the Pacific population of bluefin tuna is almost extinct. While conservationists have called for a closure of the fishery until it can rebound, regulators and fishers resist such measures, and consumers keep buying. [New York Times, Pew Environment Group]

Sea level rise expected to be more severe than thought. A panel of 26 experts concluded that almost 200 million people could be forced from their homes by the end of the century, and many major cities with coastal or river ports will be impacted, due to melting of polar ice sheets. [Daily Mail]

Study on heat resistant corals begins to map the reefs of the future. A Stanford team led by OWOO science adviser Stephen Palumbi has found a genetic basis for heat resistance in some corals, pointing to those most likely to survive climate change. Die offs of corals have occured worldwide and mapping these heat resistant corals is likely the best chance to prevent coral extinction. One World One Ocean reported on the research expedition in March of last year. [Stanford, One World One Ocean]

First river otter seen in SF in decades. In a sign of ocean health, the furry mammal was sunbathing and frolicking at Sutro Baths just outside San Francisco Bay. [Ocean Beach Bulletin/KQED]

NY State suggests storm mitigation measures including planting oyster beds. In an effort to be more prepared for extreme weather and climate change, a state commission has recommended considering man-made storm barriers, and restoring natural protections like dunes, wetlands and oyster reefs to much higher previous levels. [New York Times]

1000 Chinese ships stuck in sea ice amid historic cold snap. The state news agency Xinhua reported the incident in Laizhou Bay, in Shandong province has caused major disruptions to transportation. [Daily Mail]


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