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Fighting Over Herring—the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes (BC, Canada)

February 11th, 2015 (Craigh Welch). The Pacific herring—an oily, silvery, schooling fish—is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups. 232 more words

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Starving sea lion pup strandings surge in California (USA)

Friday, February 6th, 2015 (Kurtis Alexander). A frightening number of sick and starving sea lion pups are turning up on California beaches this year, leaving scientists struggling to explain a third deadly winter for the pinnipeds. 669 more words

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Evolution of marine mammals to water life converges in some genes

January 27th, 2015 (Graciela Gutierrez). When marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, manatees and walruses moved from land to water, a series of physical abilities —– limbs adapted for swimming, less dense bones that make them more buoyant and a large store of oxygen relative to their body size – made it possible. 501 more words

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