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This VPR image of a colonial chain of diatoms, a type of algae, shows even the individual cells in the chain, itself perhaps only 1/50th of an inch long. (Courtesy of Cabell Davis, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales Getting Smaller, New Research Finds

A report out this week in Current Biology reveal that critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are up to three feet shorter than 40 years ago. This startling conclusion reinforces what scientists have suspected: even when entanglements do not lead directly to the death of North Atlantic right whales, they can have lasting effects on…

Rare Drone video shows critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

May 10, 2021   During a joint research trip on February 28 in Cape Cod Bay, Mass., WHOI whale trauma specialist Michael Moore, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, and scientists from New England Aquarium, witnessed a remarkable biological event: North Atlantic right whales in a surface active group, also known as a SAG. SAGs involve…

WHOI working to address ocean acidification; protect region’s vital shellfish industry

A new report addresses the impacts of ocean acidification in Massachusetts and New England coastal waters on the region’s vital seafood industry.

Unicorns of the Arctic face a new potential threat

Narwhals and other marine mammals could be vulnerable to a new threat we’ve become all too familiar with: COVID-19

WHOI working to help save critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

North Atlantic right whales are in crisis. There are approximately 356 individuals remaining, and with over 80% bearing scars of entanglements in fishing line, the race to save this species is more critical than ever.

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From Oceanus Magazine

Invasive tunicates have shellfish farmers crying “foul”

It looked like someone spray foamed the farm. When Bill Doyle arrived at his four-acre oyster farming site off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts for the morning tide, he felt a pit in his stomach. Rows and rows of oyster cages, normally coated in black mesh, were plastered with a mysterious brown-and-orange foam-like film. “Every…

Squid Games

Shortfin squid are becoming more available to New England fishermen, but why?

4 Potential Solutions for Corals in Crisis

Racing against the clock, WHOI researchers and colleagues are developing innovative solutions to rebuild reefs and improve coral resiliency–before it’s too late.

Hope for Corals in Crisis

The emerging science and technology that could give coral reefs a fighting chance

Partly cloudy with a chance of sharks

Researchers develop ‘heat map’ shark forecast system to improve beachgoer safety