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Paper studies inter octopus asphyxiation Photo

Paper studies inter octopus asphyxiation

A new paper by Christine Huffard and Mike Bartick has been published in the journal Molluscan Research. Entitled “Wild Wunderpus photogenicus and Octopus cyanea employ asphyxiating ‘constricting’ in interactions with other octopuses, it catalogs several instances in which “aggressive constriction” has been seen in an instance of apparent sexual cannibalism and in an attempt to eliminate a competitor for a food source.

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Study into shark social behaviour Photo

Study into shark social behaviour

A new study published in the Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology journal suggests that shark social behavior is determined by an individual’s predisposition to be social or not. This underlines the idea that individual sharks have differing behavioural characters, or to put it more bluntly, have personalities. Whilst this will come as no surprise to those that have experienced them in the wild, it does help to overcome the preconception that sharks are not sentient.

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President Obama announces Pacific marine sanctuary Photo

President Obama announces Pacific marine sanctuary

The BBC reports that the President Obama has signed a memorandum to create the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Wetpixel wrote about the plan back in June, which is now signed into law. It bans “commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources” in an area 200 nautical miles (1.2 million sq. km) around seven scattered Pacific islands, atolls and reefs between Hawaii and American Samoa.

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Western Australian shark cull halted Photo

Western Australian shark cull halted

The BBC reports that the shark cull that was being carried out in Western Australia has been vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Western Australian state government had instituted seven drum line baited traps in an effort, it said, to prevent shark attacks on the state’s beaches. This caused a worldwide protest, and the policy has now been overturned by the EPA, citing the fact that there was “a high degree of scientific uncertainty” about its efficacy. (Image from Shutterstock).

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Study shows that devil rays dive deep Photo

Study shows that devil rays dive deep

Dr Simon Thorrold, an ocean ecologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and a team have published a paper in the journal Nature Communications showing the results from tagging 15 Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) with special satellite tags. The findings include the amazing fact that they dive to depths of up to 1,848m (6,063 ft). (Image from Shutterstock)

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Call for protection of the Pitcairn Islands Photo

Call for protection of the Pitcairn Islands

The BBC reports that researchers are calling for the protection of the marine environment around the mid-Pacific Pitcairn Islands. An international team of scientists have stated that the waters around the islands have “unique global value that is irreplaceable”, and that of the fish species found, about half were endemic. (Image from Shutterstock).

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U.S.A. announces expanded marine sanctuary Photo

U.S.A. announces expanded marine sanctuary

The BBC reports that U.S. President Obama has announced a plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles. This single act would effectively double the world’s marine protected areas (MPA).

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Indonesia announces manta sanctuary Photo

Indonesia announces manta sanctuary

The Jakarta Globe reports that the Indonesian government has passed new legislation that protects manta rays within all of the country’s 5.8 million square kilometers of ocean and bans fishing for them and the export of their body parts nationally.

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New Zealand sets out to ban finning Photo

New Zealand sets out to ban finning

X-Ray magazine has posted an article about the New Zealand government implementing a timetable to ban shark finning. The ban will be phased in, with the first species being protected from October 2014, and all 113 species that exist in New Zealand waters being included in the ban by 2016. (Image from Shutterstock)

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