June 9, 2010


Scientists worry for sick California sea lions

A rescue group says an alarming number of California sea lions are being found dead or ailing along the central coast near Monterey.

Marine Mammal Center field manager Sue Andrews says the carcasses of dozens of young sea lions have washed up on area beaches recently.

San Jose Mercury News - www.mercurynews.com [Source: Associated Press]
05 June 2010
Location: Monterey, California, USA - Map It

Gulf oil leak causing upheaval in marine ecology

As oil continues to leak out of the collapsed Deepwater Horizon well head, researchers are beginning to collect data on how it is changing life in the Gulf of Mexico.

Earlier today, Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia in Athens spoke of what they are finding. She said that methane concentrations in a giant underwater plume emanating from the well head are as much as 10,000 times higher than background levels.

The consequences of this for life in the gulf are unknown.

New Scientist - www.newscientist.com
08 June 2010
P McKenna
Photo credit: S Joye

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