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Opinions required: Fishing Goliath Grouper in Florida Photo

Opinions required: Fishing Goliath Grouper in Florida

The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) is holding public consultations to discuss the possibility of allowing a “limited open season” for fishing goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). These include public meetings in a wide variety of venues throughout the state, along with an online workshop and an online survey. If implemented, the proposed kill will exterminate most of Florida’s breeding population of the groupers, destroying 27 years of conservation management effort.

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Scientists believe amoeba is culprit of thousands of shark deaths in Bay Area Photo

Scientists believe amoeba is culprit of thousands of shark deaths in Bay Area

Since July of this year, scientists estimate 2,000 leopard sharks have died as the result of a parasite eating away at their brain. While leopard sharks seem to be the marine species most affected by the parasite, large numbers of dead bat rays, striped bass, smooth hound sharks, and halibut have been recorded. The parasite is similar to the common amoeba and enters through the shark’s nose to enter the brain where it slowly eats away at it until the shark succumbs to it. The parasite is known by its scientific name as Miamiensis avidus.

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Update on diving Bali during Mount Agung evacuations Photo

Update on diving Bali during Mount Agung evacuations

Underwater Tribe, based in Bali, has provided an update on the situation in Bali relating to evacuations surrounding Mount Agung and diving in the Tulamben area. Diving in the Tulamben area is currently closed. However, other areas of Bali are open for diving and Underwater Tribe says, “At this point in time there is no reason not to travel to Bali.” It is impossible to tell how air travel will be affected if and when and eruption occurs.

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Scientists prove penguins regularly feast on jellyfish Photo

Scientists prove penguins regularly feast on jellyfish

In a paper published in Frontiers in Ecology last month, scientists have shown that several species of penguins regularly feed on jellyfish. This find is surprising as it was traditionally thought that penguins subsist primarily on nutrient dense foods like fish. Jellyfish are over 90 percent water and mean that the penguins expend a lot of energy for not a lot of caloric payback for this food source.

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Thousands evacuated in Vanuatu as volcano threatens eruption Photo

Thousands evacuated in Vanuatu as volcano threatens eruption

11,000 residents of Ambae Island in Vanuatu as the Manaro Voui volcano has begun emitting gas and volcanic ash, stoking fears of an imminent eruption. Ambae island is one of 65 islands that are inhabited in Vanuatu. The government ordered a complete evacuation of all residents of Ambae. Bali has also seen evacuations due to volcanic activity in recent days as well as Mt Agung threatens eruption “at anytime”.

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