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The secrets of Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk – nearly 500 species discovered 

By Svetlana Arkhangelskaya, Special to RBTH | November 30, 2015 In the summer of 2015 almost 500 previously unknown ocean species were discovered in the Kuril Basin that is part of the sea of Okhotsk in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Scientists from Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, and other countries took part in the SokhoBio expedition that made these sensational discoveries. In an exclusive, RBTH reports the preliminary results. Scientists previously thought that deep-water life in the sea of …

Extinction Means Less Mammal Poop To Fertilize The Earth

… the capacity for land animals to carry nutrients away from “hotspots” has fallen to eight percent of what it was at the end of the last ice age. The capacity of whales, and other marine mammals to carry nutrients such as phosphorous from the deep sea to more shallow waters has been reduced by about 75 percent. In the past animals were not believed to be vital for nutrient transfer, but this new research demonstrates the animals are crucial for the “distribution pump” of …

Ancient Sea Monsters: Misidentified Fossilized Skeletons Now Revealing Hidden History of Ichthyosaur

From www.ancient-origins.net | November 2, 2015 The fossilized skeletons of strange creatures—odd, beaked fish with teeth and ‘feet’—were uncovered by quarry workers in southwestern England in the early 1800’s. Dubbed “fish lizards” (or Ichthyosauria) at the time, the old discoveries are now under new examination. These ancient sea monsters, specimens collected from across Europe, are apparently not one animal type, but many different unique species. Resembling a cross between …

Vaquitas Spotted! Critically Endangered Porpoises Persevere

By Brian Stallard | October 9, 2015 A newly launched search in Mexico’s sea of Cortez has reportedly found several vaquita marina porpoises, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This reassures conservationists that the vaquita isn’t extinct yet. However, that doesn’t mean the tiny animals are in good shape. The vaquita has never exactly been an animal with huge numbers. The world’s smallest and rarest marine mammal, they live out their lives …

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