Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sylvia Earle at the National Aquarium: Hope Spots – A Plan for the Ocean

Last week, Mission Blue founder, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle launched the National Aquarium’s spring Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series with her talk, “Hope: A Plan for Our Ocean.”  Legendary oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer, Dr. Sylvia Earle has pioneered the concept of embracing ocean “hope spots” around the world, aquatic treasures like America’s own National Marine Sanctuaries. Hope spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean, Earth’s blue heart. Dr. Earle shared her experiences exploring inner-space to rally popular support for Hope Spots around the world. Some of these Hope Spots are already protected, while for others, it is imperative that they become protected.   And now, Dr. Earle’s lecture in it’s entirety, with entertaining introductions from John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium, Jason Patlis, CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Mission Blue’s Executive Director, Jim Toomey! …
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Photo of the Day ~ High Five for Sharks

Possibly our favorite shark photo – Eli Martinez receives a stylin’ High Five from a smiling lemon shark named Taxi off the Bahamas. We love it because it shows what many shark/human interactions are really like. That said, sharks are individuals, and you’ll want to exercise reason and caution dealing with any wild animal. To keep things in perspective, you are more likely to be killed by a vending machine than by a shark – and even more shocking, by your family toaster! Photo: Paul Spielvogel  …
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Wisdom’s Legacy Survives!

We have been curious about the welfare of Wisdom’s 2012 chick. We know that she has returned to Midway, but what of her chick?  This just in from Pete Leary, the USFWS Refuge biologist on Midway: “We didn’t get Wisdom’s chick banded in 2012 because it kicked off its temporary band, and then we could never be sure of which chick it was.  The chicks were at the wandering stage and there weren’t any that consistently went to that nesting spot.  However, none of the chicks died in that little area, so we are pretty confident that it fledged.  Look on the bright side, now there’s a hopeful possibility that any Laysan albatross you see could be Wisdom’s chick.” And, on another but related note, look who’s feeding their 2013 chick on Midway! …
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Photo of the Day ~ Great Hammerhead

Up close and personal in the Bahamas with a Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran.) Many theories have been put forward about the function of the hammer – amongst these, the most popular are that it helps the great hammerhead to scan larger areas of the ocean floor for food, and that it maximises the area of the sensory organs (known as the ampullae of Lorenzini) that can detect chemical, physical and thermal changes in the water, as well as electric fields. Photo: (c) Bill Eastwick…
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