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Shifting Winds, Ocean Currents Doubled Endangered Galapagos Penguin Population

New research suggests shifts in wind currents over the past three decades, possibly due to climate change and natural variability, have nudged the Equatorial Undercurrent north. The changing current expanded the nutrient-rich, cold water farther north along the coasts of the two islands, likely bolstering algae and fish numbers in the cold pool. This allowed the penguin population to double over the past 30 years, swelling to more than 1,000 birds by 2014, according to the new study.

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Whale Research Takes Flight

A research team has successfully demonstrated a new non-invasive tool to obtain hard-to-get health measurements of large endangered whales in the wild: Using a small remote-controlled hexacopter, scientists for the first time collected both breath samples from the whales’ spouts combined with aerial photos of their body condition.

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Coral Thermometers

Coral Thermometers

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Whitney Bernstein and her advisor, Konrad Hughen of the Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department, sort and measure cores taken from…

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Beached beaked whale has marine biologists scratching their heads

CNN

The beached beaked whale story was also covered in the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Tech Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Inquisitr, Times Gazette, CBS News, MSN, The Independent, NECN, Boston Herald, The Standard Daily, and over 100 other outlets.

Shellfish mother lode found off Cape May

The Daily Journal

Mentions HabCam built at WHOI for NOAA. Also covered in, Press of Atlanic City, The New Jersey Herald, The Washington Times, and others.

Hannibal’s Secrets

Hannibal's Secrets

Researchers Jesús Pineda and Vicke Starczak had a front-row view in April 2015 as DSV Rover (pictured) and DSV Nadir descended from…

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Coral Crusader

Coral Crusader

Graduate student Hannah Barkley is on a mission to investigate how warming ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, and other impacts of climate change are affecting corals in an effort to find ways to preserve these vital ocean resources.

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Deep-Sea Images Give New View of Arctic Ocean Methane Seeps

Working with colleagues from the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) in Norway, Dan Fornari from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Geology & Geophysics Department collected nearly 30,000 high definition images at known methane release sites in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway.  The detailed images will provide new insights into the most remote areas of natural methane releases in the world.

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Warming Waters

Warming Waters

Warming seawater threaten coral reefs by disrupting the relationship between corals and symbiotic algae they host. The corals provide a…

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