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Montevideo, January 17th 2018 - 21:37 UTC

Tag: Enviroment

  • Friday, January 12th 2018 - 09:44 UTC

    BAS team doing first scientific Southern right whale survey in South Georgia

    The team of researchers will spend five weeks on the research vessel 'Song of the Whale' to investigate the health of the animals in their feeding grounds.

    An international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), travels to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia this month to carry out the first scientific whale survey since whaling stopped in the 1970s.

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  • Thursday, January 11th 2018 - 10:12 UTC

    Weddel seal ends on the mid Atlantic Brazilian island of Trindade

    The polar mammal had travelled more than 5,000km north of its Antarctic habitat; more than 1,500 kilometers beyond the farthest north previous record in Uruguay.

    The Brazilian Navy spotted something unusual in the azure waters of the South Atlantic. In 2015, at a remote outpost and biological research station on the island of Trindade, 1,100 kilometers off central Brazil, sailors spotted a small gray seal swimming in the waves. Two days later, they found its body on the island’s Catelha beach. Scientists who went to take a closer look made an astonishing discovery—the corpse was a young Weddell seal.

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  • Friday, December 22nd 2017 - 10:36 UTC

    Falklands included in US universities and NASA project to keep track of kelp floating forests

    Floating Forests users have helped map kelp forests along the entire coast of California from 1984 to 2011

    Kelp forests grow along coastlines worldwide, largely hidden from view. Like rainforests, they're among the planet's most important ecosystems: beautiful but fragile habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species. But scientists believe kelp forests are being threatened by climate change. Now, researchers from UCLA and seven other universities have an improved tool for tracking these shifting ecosystems, the largest of which is about 5 miles long.