One of the largest great white sharks to ever be recorded, nicknamed Deep Blue, was seen off the coast of Hawaii feasting on a sperm whale carcass. She was accompanied by other great whites which, according to Dr. Christopher Lowe, is a very rare sighting.
The warming of the ocean from climate change has been redistributing marine organisms, including coral reefs which have declined by 85 percent in the last four decades. According to new research collected, coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and only certain types of corals are able to reestablish reefs in more temperate environments.
California's kelp forests are currently being threatened by urchin barrens. At Moss Landing Marine Labs, Dr. Luke Gardner is leading an Aquaculture class that is investigating if collected urchins from urchin barrens could be sold to the global seafood market. This research could provide the framework to revive kelp forests while contributing to the sustainable seafood industry.
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