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Scientists think pollution is turning sea snakes black Photo

Scientists think pollution is turning sea snakes black

The turtle-headed sea snake in the Pacific ocean typically is black and white striped. However, for the past several year scientists have been observing individuals of this species living in the ocean close to cities exhibiting all black coloration. Claire Goiran, of the University of New Caledonia and lead scientist for the study, believes the darker skin pigment allows the sea snakes to excrete pollutants through their skin faster than lighter colored pigments.

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Scientists find second garbage patch larger than Mexico in Pacific Photo

Scientists find second garbage patch larger than Mexico in Pacific

Scientists believe they have discovered a second Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean. The second Garbage Patch, which contains tiny plastic pieces floating at the surface, is thought to be larger than Mexico. The expedition was led by Captain Charles Moore and explored areas off Chile, Peru, and Easter Island during a six-month voyage. This newly discovered Garbage Patch is primarily composed of tiny bits of plastic that are extremely hard to clean up.

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United Nations begins talks to protect open ocean fish Photo

United Nations begins talks to protect open ocean fish

After more than two years of talks, diplomats will begin the process of discussions to establish marine protected areas in the high seas. A place that is not regulated, governed or owned by individual countries, thus allowing many marine species to be exploited. The decisions will include what and how much to protect as well as how to enforce protection.

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Inon ships filter set for GoPro HERO5 Photo

Inon ships filter set for GoPro HERO5

Inon has announced that they are shipping a filter set for use with their conversion lenses on GoPro HERO5 cameras. The set includes magenta (pink), orange and red filters for green, shallow and blue water respectively and is designed to be used with the GoPro Super Suits dive housing and Inon’s UFL-G140 SD and UCL-G165 SD lenses.

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New species of shark glows in the dark Photo

New species of shark glows in the dark

A new species of shark that is bioluminescent and has glow-in-the-dark glands along either side of its underbelly. The scientific name of the shark is Etmopterus lailae and its other notable feature is its large nose. The small shark was found 1,000 feet deep off the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The shark was discovered 17-years ago, but scientists did not realize it was a new species until they went to describe the shark and publish their findings for review.

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