Editor’s Note: This is the last ocean roundup blog to be published before the Thanksgiving holiday, but be sure to check back on Monday, December 1 for more updates. Happy Thanksgiving!
– New 3D mapping around Antarctica found that sea ice surrounding Antarctica is thicker than thought. The scientists say it’s an important breakthrough to understanding how sea ice thickness and extent is changing. The Guardian
– Recently, 500 sea lions were found dead on the northern coast of Peru, and officials have launched an investigation. Earlier this month, 200 dead sea lions, sea turtles, and dolphins were found dead in the same area, and officials suspect poisoning could be the cause. Salon
– In January, federal officials will hold the largest auction of its kind to build wind turbines off of Massachusetts in a 742,000-acre area. The new lease sale will triple the amount of federal acreage available for wind energy. The Hill
– Fiddler crabs’ range was thought to expand along the East Coast up until Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But recently, fiddler crabs were spotted 50 miles north of its northern range—and could be another sign of climate change, say scientists. ScienceDaily
– More than ten years ago, a Native Alaskan village along the Chukchi Sea voted to relocate off their barrier island after U.S. government reports found them “imminently threatened.” Today, the villagers are still living there, but losing about 2.5 feet of ground each year as their infrastructure continues to deteriorate. Reuters