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November 13, 2009

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Happy Friday!

This week in ocean news,

…Dot Earth reports that scientists have found yet more evidence of climate change — an increase in record high temperatures and a reduction in record low nighttime temperatures across the United States.

…As Sea Notes celebrated, the brown pelican, now ubiquitous along the East and West coasts, has been been officially declared recovered and removed from the Endangered Species list decades after its populations were decimated by DDT.

…Wrap your brain around this: scientists have discovered that a species of deep-sea crab, the squat crab, survives on a diet of trees that have sunk to the ocean floor, supporting the theory that when a tree falls in the ocean… there is somebody there to snack on it.

…The fate of bluefin tuna again rested in the hands of The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which met this week in Brazil. Oceana continues to call for a complete moratorium on bluefin tuna fishing.

…A Japanese trawler tipped over when it tried to haul in a catch of several dozen giant Nomura’s jellyfish. Yikes.